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California Case Law Now Live

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 by

We just took a big step forward in making the law freely and easily available. Starting today, as part of the Harvard-Ravel digitization project, the comprehensive, authoritative collection ofCalifornia case law is available online at Ravel. For the first time, anyone can search and read all California court opinions for free, including landmark rulings on

At first thought, requesting a budget increase doesn’t sound like a great idea. There are risks involved, and rocking the boat can disrupt the traditional structure of managing and rewarding individuals for their ability to work within a set budget. Great managers, however, understand the bigger picture and know that increasing their budget is often

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10 Sources of Legal Research Inefficiency

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 by

LegalTechAudit.com 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

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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

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