Mon, 20 March 2017
In November, Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., United States ex rel. Rigsby, a case involving the False Claims Act and misclassified claims after Hurricane Katrina. This case is important as litigation under the False Claims Act has grown remarkably in recent years. It also is relevant that the False Claims Act, which dates back to the Civil War, and provides for treble damages, mandatory minimum penalties, and recovery of costs, including attorney¹s fees, making successful litigation quite lucrative. Government Contractors have complained bitterly about what they regard as unduly lax applications of the statute by the lower courts.
Brian Markovitz of Joseph Greenwald & Laake discusses the intersection of Hurricane Katrina, Abraham Lincoln and the so-called “Lincoln Law”.
Direct download: Abraham_Lincoln_Hurricane_Katrina__Civil_War_Horses.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22am EDT
Tue, 14 March 2017
ABA TECHSHOW 2017 is this week in Chicago. ABA President Linda Klein discusses some of the initiatives and priorities for the ABA.
Direct download: ABA_TECHSHOW_2017_with_ABA_President_Linda_Klein.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT
Wed, 15 February 2017
There’s no such thing as a typical day for someone who runs knowledge management for a law firm, in the same way that there’s no such thing as a typical KM setup, or even a typical person who manages KM for a firm.
The person in charge of KM can be anyone from a law librarian to a chief knowledge officer to a practice group leader, a IT manager, or even someone who does a little bit of all those things.
Welcome to KM with Kim, where we share best practices and the latest in getting the most from your knowledge management systems with Kim Stein, national manager for knowledge management for Thomson Reuters.
In this episode, Kim takes a look at “A Day in the Life of KM,” through the eyes of David Hobbie, Litigation Knowledge Management Attorney at Goodwin Procter, LLP in Boston. at Goodwin Proctor.
David talk about how his firm uses KM, and he manages his role to make the firm more efficient and productive through its use of KM.
You can also visit David’s blog: http://caselines.blogspot.com/
Thu, 9 February 2017
On Jan. 26, 1997, many homes across America were tuned-in to Super Bowl XXXI. While much of the game itself may be a blur, most people who watched that night likely remember one image from that night: Hollywood legend Fred Astaire, who had died nearly a decade before, dancing with an electric broom in a vacuum commercial. While many people were fixated on how the ad was created, some – including members of Astaire’s family – took issue with bringing the legendary performer “back from the dead.”
Now 20 years later, a new film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, puts a new spin on the debate in part because, unlike the brief appearance of Astaire in the vacuum ad, the new Star Wars film demonstrates that actors, can quite literally, return to the screen forever.
But what are legal ramifications to these posthumous performances, and how are today’s actors prepping for this future?
Join us for the latest Legal Current podcast, where we are joined by Brad Cohen, partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell in Los Angeles, where we break this down.
And be warned… there will be spoilers.
Direct download: The_Estate_Strikes_Back_-_Deceased_Stars_Star_Wars__Posthumous_Rights.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT
Tue, 24 January 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case this term that could have provided some clarity to the bewildering array on jurisdictions and taxes involved with online sales.
Will the move lead to action by the states or Congress, or the potential for even greater confusion?
Matthew Hunsaker of Baker Botts discusses.
Thu, 5 January 2017
Managing a successful solo or small law practice means overcoming many challenges. These days, running a small practice requires many skills in addition to being a good lawyer: one often also needs to be a project manager, technologist, marketer and small business expert.
The State of the US Small Law Firms Study surveyed more than 300 solo and small law firm leaders to find out how they define success, their challenges and what the most successful firms are doing to develop and execute winning strategies.
In this podcast, we discuss the survey findings and what it reveals about the world of today’s solo and small law firm with Karl Florida, managing director, small law firms, Thomson Reuters; and Bob Ambrogi, practicing solo attorney, ABA Journal columnist and creator of the LawSites blog.
Here are some of Bob’s previous discussions of the Small Law Firms study
Wed, 4 January 2017
Our nation’s roads are getting safer. Traffic fatalities and injuries have generally been declining for more than two decades. But law firms that have staked their futures on motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries or fatalities may face significant business challenges on the horizon unless they prepare now.
FindLaw has published a new white paper that analyzes traffic safety data and its implications for personal injury practices.
Direct download: What_Safer_Roads_Could_Mean_for_Personal_Injury_Practices.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:52am EDT
Thu, 29 December 2016
Companies in the U.S own an estimated $5 trillion in trade secerts
and about $3 billion is lost due to theft every year
The federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 went into effect in May
secret litigation, some things are clear, especially that federal court
dockets will see an increase in more private trade secrets cases.
Chris Ryan, a partner in Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property Group, discusses.
Direct download: Trade_Secrets_and_the_Defend_Trade_Secrets_Act.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EDT
Tue, 29 November 2016
Ark Group recently held its 12th Annual Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession.
The law firm KM toolkit has expanded to include enterprise search, experience location, expert systems, and other collaborative tools — while the remit for some KM practitioners today also includes support for alternative fee arrangements, process improvement initiatives, and legal project management. At the same time, automation, machine-learning and advanced analytics are coming of age. How can these forces be coordinated to mutually reinforce as opposed to combat or overcome one another?
In this edition of KM with Kim, Kim Stein discusses her takeaways from the conference.
Direct download: Ark_Group_KM_Conference_-_KM_with_Kim_episode_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT
Wed, 16 November 2016
The Aspire to Lead Conference was recently held in Minneapolis. Hundreds of omen and men from around the region met for a day full of speakers and networking that seeks to empower women to take more active leadership roles in their careers, communities and day-to-day lives.
Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist working at the intersection of technology and human behavior. He spoke about where the diversity and the role of gender in the workplace.