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New E-Book on Managing a Law Firm

NXTBook publishes ebooks which are wondefully evocative of high production-value print products. Combine that with content from Canada’s leading consultant on managing law firms, and one wonders what could be better. Well the price – is free.

Patrick McKenna has just released his book on the First 100 Days and it’s the sort of thing that all Slaw readers should be drawing to the attention of their organizations.

It’s also commendable that Patrick has committed so strongly to this formatMy one criticism is that italic fonts on faux-lined paper isn’t especially legible.

Makes me wish I hadn’t been quite so . . . [more]

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Law Firm Blogging

Law.com’s Small Firm Business has a piece by Edward Poll called “Ten Ways Blogs Boost a Law Firm’s Image.” The lead paragraph is pretty much on the money, I’d say:

When done right, blogs are an informative, vibrant calling card that represents you to the world. When done wrong, blogs are a chore and unwelcome expense, and produce little return on your effort. The difference between the two depends on having a realistic understanding of what you face before you start a blog.

Poll’s bullet points are:
1. Hit the target.
2. Demonstrate your expertise.
3. Write clearly . . . [more]

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Redefining Expectations

I was fortunate to attend this week’s CBA conference “Leading the Canadian Law Firm in the 21st Century: Managing the Future”. Key topics included the talent pool, managing risk, and managing conflicts (Simon Chester was a speaker on this last topic). While the materials and discussions on these topics all merit further comment here, probably the sessions that were most discussed (aside from the Monday night live music and dance extravaganza which featured an incredible array of Maritime talent) were two sessions that addressed client service.

While both sessions were addressed at lawyers dealing with their clients, the strategies discussed . . . [more]

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A Great Idea

Michel-Adrien Sheppard, full-time Library Boy and part-time Slawyer, has a great idea:

Robert Ambrogi, the writer of Law.com’s Legal Blog Watch column and of the Lawsites blog, is conducting an informal poll asking people for the one law-related blog you feel you must read as regularly as possible.

Why don’t all we Canadians write in and suggest Slaw.ca?

See? Isn’t that a great idea? . . . [more]

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International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

The International Center for Not-for-profit Law, or ICNL, describes itself thus:

ICNL strives to create a world where civil society can freely develop in all its forms and participate in public decisions. In pursuit of that goal, ICNL’s programs and research focus on promoting an enabling legal environment for civil society and public participation worldwide.

ICNL helps establish the legal framework for a strong and effective global civil society through:

* technical assistance to over 90 countries;
* the expertise of our multinational in-house staff and global network of legal specialists; and
* our partnerships with civil society representatives,

. . . [more]
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LCCJTI: Bonne Fête La Loi !

La semaine passée, précisément le 01 novembre 2006, fut la date du cinquième anniversaire de l’application de la Loi concernant le cadre juridique des technologies de l’information (plus brièvement LCCJTI). Un bilan, je crains qu’il faille le dire, pour le moins mitigé tant son accessibilité aux avocats J’ai déjà vu des contrats référer au droit ontarien pour ne pas voir cette loi s’appliquer. et aux juges est difficile. Et c’est dommage!

Dommage car cette loi est nécessaire et ambitieuse. Nécessaire pour pallier à certains obstacles juridiques à l’utilisation des technologies de l’information. Ambitieuse dans le sens où elle va . . . [more]

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Online File Conversion Service

Zamzar offers free online conversion among file formats. For a very wide variety of document, image, sound and video formats they let you upload a file smaller than 100 MB and have its type changed. This will be handy for folks on the road who don’t have access to all of their software — and someone must have a pdf or an rtf version of your data; and, perhaps, handy too for people who don’t have software to perform conversions of audio or video files, or who want to create a thumbnail version of an image. You might not want . . . [more]

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Law Librarians Debate Student Research Skills

Back in July, The Lawyers Weekly published an article I wrote entitled Students still unprepared for legal research (July 21, 2006, page 14). I had great feedback on the article, with the exception of students who objected to the title. In my defense, the editor chose a provocative title to “sell” the article.

I recently updated the article and it was published in the CCH Law Student eMonthly (October 2006). See: Law Librarians Debate Student Research Skills. I had more space to include additional quotes from my colleagues Laurel Murdoch, Joan Rataic-Lang, Shaunna Mireau and Neil Campbell . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

Simon C’s post earlier in the week about the law book poem foreshadowed this week’s fillip, which is about poetry. Well, doggerel, more like. I thought we’d do a quick tour through some of the many kinds of quicki-verse invented to please and amuse.

Limerick
Everyone’s favourite, this ya-ta-ta-ya-ta-ta-ta-ta verse was popularized — but not invented — by Edward Lear, one of the Victorian age’s eccentric versifiers and artists. Since his time, we’ve moved from nonsense to bawdiness, which makes it a bit tricky to feature a real limerick here. I mean, where do . . . [more]

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Pow! Bang! WAP!

Oh woe is me. I fear I may be undone.

I do not have a BlackBerry. Not even sure how to spell it. And although my phone, a sleek but already dated Motorola Razr, can browse the web, I don’t particularly care to see the world through the teensy weensy aperture that WAP (wireless application protocol) enabled sites must live inside, because I want the pictures along with the text.

But I do like my email. Rather more than I should, perhaps, having been known to check it, um… quite regularly. You know that special plop sound that really good . . . [more]

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Ms. Dewey Is Librarian Linkbaiting!

Following up on our Ms. Dewey post, does anyone else feel that Librarian bloggers, and even us here at Slaw, have been duped?

I call pre-meditated linkbaiting! And we took the hook, just like almost every other research or librarian blog out there. We link them up, and some viral marketing guru is sitting in the back room planning his next ‘bait the Librarians’ routine.

So, what’s the deal? are we easy targets? . . . [more]

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Web-OS

We’ve all been watching as the big Microsoft competitors such as Google and Yahoo snap up pieces of a puzzle — just the other day Google bought the wiki-maker JotSpot — the exact picture of which is still unclear. Most of the time it seems they’re gunning for a web-based office suite to take on MS Office. But there are lots of bits that don’t quite fit that view — office doesn’t care about chat or email — or wiki’s, come to that.

Perhaps the best way to think of the current grail is as a web operating system, under . . . [more]

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