The Latest from Ravel HQ recently found that lawyers at 0 out of 9 law firms could pass basic Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF tests. It’s easy to see the direct correlation between loss of efficiency and inability to properly use these basic, standard tools. The interesting nuance is, compared to everyday legal research tools, Microsoft Office and Adobe

UnRavel Making a Murderer

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 by

There are two types of people in the world: people who are obsessed with Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and people who haven’t seen it. Admittedly the latter are few and far between as Netflix has successfully grabbed the attention of virtually every young lawyer in the country. Making a Murderer has created media frenzy regarding

It’s commonplace in today’s fast paced world to make impulse decisions with limited analysis. In status quo situations these impulse decisions are fine – you often have a right sense of correct and incorrect because it is intuitive. This decision making methodology can be dangerous though when applied against innovative technologies. Innovation is by definition

Tagged under:

Recently, a new employee started on a Monday morning, and by Friday afternoon she had asked for $300/month in new software. Though skeptical colleagues balked at the brazen request from a new employee, I signed the check. Compared to the salary and overhead of an additional employee we planned to hire, this cost was tiny.

Imagine you’re on a cross-country road trip, and instead of navigating with a map, navigational choices include only the following options: An alphabetical list of cities near your route; A list of cities near your route, sorted by population; and Either of the lists above, plus basic filtering options (distance, city size, etc.) You’d probably

Getting to be a law firm associate is no joke. To have beaten the industry odds and get a job as an associate you have to have excelled at law school (preceded by excellence at the undergraduate level) and made it through the bar exam. One of the biggest challenges for law firm management today

Every hour that isn’t billed is painful. Not only does it result in a loss of pure profit, but it also keeps associates further from their annual billing targets. It’s a lose-lose, for partners and associates. There are 3 key ways we see that litigation associates can decrease non-billables. Play chess, not checkers While speaking

Depending on whether you are in state or federal court, and whether you’re at the trial level or on appeal, you may be able to cite an unpublished case as precedent in your brief and memoranda. As the name suggests, “unpublished” or “unreported” decisions are judicial opinions that have not been published in any official

Whether you’re an associate treading water in BigLaw or you’ve hung your own shingle as a solo, odds are you’ll find yourself facing a difficult legal research question and hunting for case law to support your brief, memo, or client pitch. Here area few tips to keep you on your best game! Take a lesson