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Law Firm 2.0

Layoff Trackers

I find numbers fascinating and even better when they are put into context with digestible displays.  Data visualization is key and people with these skills will be in demand for my lifetime and well beyond. Two recent experiences with large data sets has been satisfying to me.  Unfortunately, both are showing the continual deterioration of…

EBay meets the Business of Law

The other day, Nick Cronin, CEO of Lawbidding.com emailed me for me to check out his site.  In short, allows folks to confidentially post their legal issues for free, and then allows attorneys to search through the cases and place bids on that work, also for free.  The bids can be based on an hourly…

GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups

Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues. Jill Bowman is a great person and her blog is not only informative, but is also written in her voice, not legalese.  (Her husband says it’s too “girly” but I totally…

Need A Terms of Service or Privacy Policy – Quick and Easy?

My friends at LegalRiver.com have released two document generators for quickly and easily assembling standard terms of service and privacy policies. Much like other document generators, you fill in a few pieces of relevant info and “boom” (to quote John Madden, whom I am sure is following this blog closely) you are done. Check the…

Big Name Bolts BigLaw to Found Boutique

One of my premises in my Law Firm 2.0 series has been that lawyers are going to leave the big firms and create boutiques that will charge 30-40% less per hour, provide the same quality service and allow lawyers to make comparable compensation with working less hours. They won’t have the bandwidth for some of…

Thank You – Mendelson’s Musings Wins ABA Award

As I had posted earlier, the editors of the ABA Journal today announced Mendelson’s Musings as one of the top 100 best websites by lawyers, for lawyers. I thought that was cool, especially given that my time dedicated to legal issues is only a part-time job on this blog. Today, I learned that I won…

PAY YOUR !*?@!%! LAWYERS!!!

Happy New Year.  I’m back. I’ve decided 2010 is the year that I admit my Law Firm 2.0 thesis is wrong.  I blew it.  BigLaw is alive and well – perfectly efficient and constructed – and all of my ramblings were just that. Yeah…  right.  It’s not April 1. But I AM pretty pissed off…

Over 60,000 Wanna-be Lawyers are Delusional

Wow.  On September 26th, 60,746 people took the LSAT (the law school entrance exam).  This is the largest single administration in the history of the exam. Are people not aware what is going on in the legal industry?  These folks are going to be saddled with six-figure debt and then attempt to enter an industry…

ABA Journal Picks its 100 Favorite Blogs – and I’m on it

Editors of the ABA Journal today announced they have selected Mendelson’s Musings as one of the top 100 best websites by lawyers, for lawyers. That’s pretty cool, especially since I don’t focus all of my efforts on the legal profession.  But to quote them: “Mendelson’s Musings drew our admiration this year when Boulder, Colo., lawyer/venture…

Adam Smith – The Wealth of Lawyers

Adam Smith may have written the Wealth of Nations and been a seminal economist underpinning our capitalist thinking, but evidently his name-saked website about law firms doesn’t understand crap about law firm economics.  Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal printed an Op-Ed about The End of Big Law.  In short, the author argues that we’ve seen…