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Archive for September, 2004

Creativity is an Act of Defiance

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

I have mentioned Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit, on a number of occasions.
I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity and innovation lately. There’s a passage on creativity in The Creative Habit that has had some resonance with me lately, especially as I moved from my old website to a new design and host.
Tharp writes:
Creativity is an act of defiance. You’re challenging the status quo. You’re questioning accepted truths and principles. You’re asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom:
Why do I have to obey the rules?
Why can’t I be different?
Why can’t I do it my way?
These are the impulses that guide all creative people whether they admit it or not. Every act of creation is also an act of destruction or abandonment. Something has to be cast aside to make way for the new.”

Cisco’s General Counsel Thinks Small (Firms)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

From’s Corporate Counsel
Cisco’s GC Thinks Small
Cisco’s General Counsel, Mark Chandler, has a well-deserved reputation as a thought-leader in the developing area of client-centered approaches to the delivery of legal services. I ended my last presentation on legal knowledge management with his well-known quote: “Technology is absolutely the only way firms will stay efficient and effective. Those who don’t use it well won’t survive.”
More important, however, Chandler has the reputation for walking the walk as well as talking the talk.
In this interview, Chandler addresses, for me, one of the biggest questions facing lawyers who want to develop sophisticated, technology-based law practices outside of the big firm environment: if we build it, will the top corporate clients be willing to come to small, start-up firms or will the “no one gets fired for hiring Skadden” mentality still prevail?
In Chandler’s world, the answer is that small firms are indeed part of the legal services equation. He gives several examples.
If you only want to pay attention to one developing legal trend over the next two to three years, this trend is the one that I suggest that you watch.
As an aside, I don’t think that Chandler was joking when he made the last comment in the article.

Six Secrets of Highly Secure Organizations

Monday, September 27th, 2004

A very good article in CIO Magazine called “Six Secrets of Highly Secure Organizations” will help you get a “big picture” overview of security issues for your organization. Highly recommended.

September Law Practice Today Focuses on Alternative Billing

Monday, September 27th, 2004

The September issue of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s free webzine, Law Practice Today, is now available. Our theme for this issue is “Alternative Billing,” a much-discussed topic among clients of lawyers, even if lawyers generally try to avoid the subject.
There’s a generous selection of six articles on the alternative billing theme, a list of links to useful Internet resources on alternative billing penned by Tom Mighell and me, monthly columns on law practice management issues, and articles on our core topics – management, marketing, finance and technology. I was especially interested in Kathy Clarke’s introduction to the concept of “appreciative inquiry,” but I’m sure that you wil find many interesting items in this issue.

Why Lawyers Do Not Use Document Assembly Software

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

[Posted to new host server]
I posted this item on The Blawg Channel today:
“In a rousing defense of the importance of “reinventing the wheel,” the Anonymous Lawyer lays out some of the main rationales many lawyers use when resisting arguments in favor of adopting document assembly tools for generating drafts of documents. The last few sentences are priceless.”
When I thought about it later today, I started to think that maybe I should have put one of those smiley emoticons at the end of the post, but decided to trust that my audience has a sense of humor.

My Debut Video Available on Intel’s Website

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

One of the most fun things I did in the last year was a video shoot as part of Intel’s “Centrino Luminaries Program.” In the video, I talk about how notebook computers with Centrino chips offer some great benefits to lawyers as I’m seen in a variety of great St. Louis locations. I like to think of it as “my first video,” like I was on MTV.
My contact at Intel reminded me today that the video is available on the Intel website your viewing pleasure. Go to and look for the link to the video in the section called “Law Firm.”
The video was shot and put together by a great professional crew with whom I had a lot of fun spending a day. I was very pleased with the results, and, after using my Centrino notebook for about a year, I’m an even bigger fan than I was when the video was shot. I’m also pleased with Intel’s strong interest in focusing on ways their technology can help lawyers and we’ll be seeing more of that.
Check it out the video.

September Issue of Law Practice Magazine – Great Tips

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

The September issue of the ABA’s print magazine, Law Practice, is now available online for free to both members and non-members. It will be available only to members when the October issue appears.
The focus is on “tips” and it is chock-full of great tips on a wide variety of law practice topics. It’s a remarkably useful and valuable issue. If you check out this issue while it’s free, you’ll understand why many LPM members believe that the magazine subscription alone justifies the $40 cost of joining the Law Practice Management Section. Add the $100 discount to ABA TECHSHOW, and membership seems like it pays for itself.
Info about the LPM Section and how to join can be found at

Audio of Last Week’s E-Discovery Seminar Available

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

Last week, George Socha and I presented a webinar on electronic discovery for Fios, Inc. Thanks to the good people at Fios, you can access the audio of the webinar at no cost at the easy-to-remember URL of encounter_ccc/6d0q61lmzhl76gzh/wmm-21161/placeware.wmv.
Fire up that iPod!
This was my first webinar presentation. It was so much fun – I’d love to find some more to do. George and I are working on plans for more electronic discovery webinars for Fios in the future.

Blog Ups and Downs

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

I’ve had some outages and hosting server down-time over the past few days that coincided with my work to move my website and this blog to a new web host. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t accidentally take the site down while cleaning up some directories – but maybe I was the guilty party.
In any event, although the actual hosting move should occur in the next few days and be relatively seamless, there’s some possibility of some outages of my website and blog, especially while the changes propagate across the Internet. Your patience will be appreciated.

The first iTunes affiliated blawg on the block?

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

The title of this post is a little tribute to Rex Hammock, whose rexblog is a blog I’ve enjoyed greatly. He posted recently about how he had become one of the first approved partners in the new Apple’s iTunes Affiliate Program.
Yesterday, I received my confirmation of approval as a partner in the iTunes Affiliate Program, making me, I believe, the first in the blawg world to become a partner in the program. At the rate of a nickel per clickthrough song download, the affiliate program will probably never be a big profit center. However, once I get the program linking details worked out, watch for more frequent references to songs and long lists of my favorite songs, best songs for blogging, songs about lawyers, etc. My sense is that I probably refer to more songs than any other lawyer blogger (except for maybe my song-writing partner, Ernie the Attorney), some of you might not notice much of a change.