30% of attorneys in the U.S. are using an iPad per the 2012 ABA Tech Survey performed by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Lawyers are seeing real value in the iPad, it’s not only lighter than a laptop, but also a more efficient and organized way to receive and review news and information.
According to the survey, as reported by O'Keefe, most of the lawyers who use tablets (86%) bought them themselves rather than getting them from their firms.
Mark's posts, much like the Curmudgeon's Guide, offers thoughts and advice that can be read on two levels. On the surface, they offer fairly basic thoughts that reflect sound judgment and seasoned experience, such as outside counsel hopefuls pitching for business aren't going to get anywhere by telling why they're exactly the same as everyone else. On a deeper level, however, it's a metaphor for the failure of legal marketing in general. Most of Mark's in-house observations remain true for all of us, from solo criminal defense lawyers to, well, who cares.
Read most any published piece of fiction and it’s been revised and edited like mad. The same goes for a lot of other pieces of writing, from essays to literary journalism. There’s a reason for this: putting the words down is relatively easy (presuming the blank page hasn’t scared you frozen from the start). But getting from first draft to final draft is more difficult.
At the full post, Bradley offers a 5-step guide for "editing like a pro," which you should consult if you want to make your legal writing "scream with persuasion and polish and style."
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At Futurelawyer, Rick Georges reviews a new book, E-Discovery for Small Cases, saying, "This great new book highlights many of the ways that you can do a competent job of ediscovery without breaking the bank."
Time spent learning to write is never wasted. Here is what Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of 37Signals, had to say about writing skills in their popular business book, Rework--
Hire Great Writers
If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn't matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever; their writing skills will pay off.
That's because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. They make things easy to understand. They can put themselves in someone else's shoes. They know what to omit. And those are qualities you want in any candidate.
Writing is making a comeback all over our society. Look at how much people e-mail and text-message now rather than talk on the phone. Look at how much communication happens via instant messaging and blogging. Writing is today's currency for good ideas.