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Archive for April, 2004

The Trademark Blogger at INTA

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

Marty Schwimmer is the author of the excellent The Trademark Blog, a premier example of the focused-topic legal blog. Marty is also a super-nice person. I was trying to convince Marty the other day that he is in fact a blogging celebrity and that the response he gets when he attends the INTA (International Trademark Association) meeting in Atlanta will demonstrate that to him.
Unfortunately, his ID badge will say MARTY SCHWIMMER, not THE TRADEMARK BLOGGER (an important consideration for those of you currently in the process of naming your blogs). I suggested that he changed his badge to MARTY “The Trademark Blog” SCHWIMMER.
Marty posted today about the INTA meeting and invited all his readers to introduce themselves and say hello.
I won’t be at the INTA meeting, but I will say that Marty is definitely someone that you should try to meet if you are there, especially if you have any interest at all in blogging. Please help make him feel like the celebrity he should be.

Mix it Up – Two Turntables and a Microphone

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

Denise Howell points to Apple letting people place their iMix creations on the iTunes Music Service. David Bowie is offering prizes for remixes of his songs. London Booted is a set of remixes of the classic Clash album, London Calling.
Beck: “I got two turntables and a microphone -
Where it’s at!” – from Odelay
Big Audio Dynamite: “C`mon every beatbox let`s party right now . . . that`s were I dance, where do you dance?” from Planet BAD – Greatest Hits
Dennis Kennedy: “What’s this got to do with blogging? Everything!”
Where do you jam?

Outlook Junk Mail Filter Automatically Screened Ballmer Newsletter

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

Here’s an interesting spam-filtering result. I signed up for a subscription to the Microsoft Executive Emails. Today, Steve Ballmer sent me an email on “Managing IT for Business Value,” a topic that, as many of you know, is one of my major interests.
However, I only found it when I took a look at the messages the Outlook 2003 automatic junk mail filter routed into the “Junk Mail” folder. An oops or a commentary?
To me, yet another example of how spam solutions may become as big a problem as spam itself. How do I know that I’m seeing all the email that is being sent to me that I want to see? The simple answer: I don’t.

Internet Delivery of Legal Services – QuickRecords.com

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

I’ve found a number of things lately that show some of the coming directions of Internet delivery of legal services. I want to begin highlighting them on a regular basis. I spent a few moments at a meeting of the e-Lawyering Task Force at the recent ABA Law Practice Management meeting in New Orleans and heard the term “client-facing” approaches. I like this term a lot.
Here’s a superb example of a “client-facing” approach to legal services.
I’ve spoken several times lately with Vince Guinta and Bruce Grogg, who offer services through MyCompanyRecords.com and QuickRecordsPro.com. It’s both a solution to a real problem and opportunity for lawyers to make money by adding a truly valuable service for clients.
The common problem for anyone who has a corporation is that the task of basic corporate recordkeeping (minutes, resolutions, etc.) never quite gets done. Poor recordkeeping is an invitation for a court to look past the corporate entity and find peronal liability – the result of a doctrine known as “piercing the cororate veil.” The owner of a corporation is usually ill-equipped to handle the recordkeeping, accountants do not usually handle this, and, if you are lucky, a paralegal at your lawyer’s office will handle these matters, although often without your knowledge and participation. The problem is clear and well-defined.
With QuickRecordsPro, a lawyer who creates corporate entities can take care of and manage all of the aspects of keeping excellent corporate records and, at the same time, opening an important channel of regular communications. This service also allows a lawyer to create a value stream for a problem-solving service which many clients will be more than happy to pay (and a service many clients would expect that the lawyer would be providing). You can see the economic benefits of this service for a lawyer in, oh, about two seconds.
Some people don’t like the term “win-win,” but, to me, the term fits this approach like a glove.
I don’t do routine corporate work, but, if I did, QuickrecordsPro would be at the top of the list of items for my 2004 business plan. My reaction to hearing about the service from Bruce and Vince was to say, “do you have an affiliate marketing program?” I’m not ordinarily an easy sale, but this service just makes so much sense to me.
If you are a lawyer or a client who wants to get a solid example of what “e-lawyering” might look like, QuickRecordsPro.com is a great place to start. If you do corporate formation and maintenance as part of your practice, you must take a look at what they are doing at QuickRecordsPro. If you are a frustrated client who wonders if and how your attorney is handling your corporate maintenance and recordkeeping, tell your attorney about QuickRecordsPro, or “eliminate the middleman” and take a look at MyCorporateRecords.com.
And tell Bruce or Vince that I sent you.

That’s Not What I Meant

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

Dave Pollard’s How to Save the World blog is is a constant source of excellent, thought-provoking material. Todays post, “That’s Not What I Meant,” is just one more example of the quality material you will find on this blog.
Pollard discusses the difficulty of presenting material in ways that your audience actually “gets” your points, drawing on actual findings. He then questions whether we can actually get points across in conversations, again based on studies that have been done. It will make you think.
I’ve been struggling lately with coming up with better ways to connect with audiences when talking about technology, given the wide range of experience and expertise in the typical audience. It seems like a project that’s well worth the effort.

Do Lawyers Make Good CEOs?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

The BusinessPundit raises the interesting question, “Do lawyers make good CEOs?
It’s a good topic for debate, but it’s also a question for which I have some rooting interest. I worked with Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. and Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., on quite a few projects when we were both at The Stolar Partnership in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I’ll also remember when Andy told me that the work I was doing on a particular high-profile project was the type of opportunity that would make me a partner in short order. He was right and I enjoyed working with him. As a lawyer, he had both a great attention to detail and an ability to see the bigger business issues. I also suspect that his cross-examination skills have been put to good use in getting answers to tough questions.
I see a little bit of Andy in Hardee’s commercials and the Six Dollar Burger especially. I even got a little chuckle when I saw a commercial featuring Andy – “hey, I know that guy!”
Now, I definitely do not think that most lawyers will make good CEOs, but I’ve worked with and met a good number of lawyers who certainly would.

The Three Fallacies

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

Just one of several excellent postings recently from BrandAutopsy focuses on what Paul Williams refers to as the Three Fallacies. They are Complacency, Conservatism, and Conceit.
Read the post and then consider how they might apply to your firm or organization. Your feeling of discomfort will be proportional to your need to take action.
By the way, Paul laments his inability to make it through Tom Peters’ Re-Imagine!
Re-Imagine! definitely rewards the patient reader. The key is to relax, stop fighting to impose your stylistic standards and let Tom drive the car while you ride. It’s a trip well worth taking. Failing that, the audio CD might be a better way to go for some people.

The 46 Best Free Utility Programs

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

TechSupportAlert.com provides a great list of the 46 best free utility programs.
Let’s face it, nobody likes to pay for software when no-cost alternatives are available. I can second the recommendations for several of these programs and have added a good number of programs from this list to my “must try” list.

New Issue of Law Practice Today Available

Wednesday, April 21st, 2004

Be sure to check out the new issue of Law Practice Today. The highlight is the transcript of the WestLaw / Lexis joint keynote presentation from TECHSHOW. I’ve chipped in with my 2004 trends article and my newest column on legal technology blogs.

Building Your “Kitchen Cabinet”

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

I’ve always been intrigued by the notion of putting together an informal but formal group of advisors. To a certain extent, as you move through life you assemble a group of friends, mentors, professionals and others who meet some of those needs, but the idea of having a formal group to give advice and whack you upside the head with a two-by-four when needed has always seemed cool to me.
Lisa Yoon writes a great article on CFO.com called Building Your “Kitchen Cabinet”, which delves into the practical issues involved in putting together such an arrangement and also tantalizes with hints of the benefits of these arrangements.
Heck, I know I can use all the help I can get. One big reason I like blogs is because they make available the insights of many smart and accomplished people. I’m interested in exploring the notion of a “kitchen cabinet.” I’d enjoy hearing about your experiences with the idea, your insights and even discussing ways to make the experiment go live. Let me know.