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Our guest blogger today is Celia Elwell - back with another useful column of Informative Articles and Interesting Blogs: Legal Articles & Blogs: 2011 a transformative year” for workplace class action litigation, by Ashley Post, InsideCounsel http://bit.ly/wE1eT1 D.C. Judge Orders Deloitte To Court In Subpoena Dispute, posted by Mike Scarcella, The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times http://bit.ly/ydRSeL Piggybacking on Students' Free LEXIS Access by Practitioners: "No can do" says Utah State Bar, Law Librarian Blog http://bit.ly/wWMHeF Stop Online Piracy Act Wants Biglaw Support; Biglaw Says, Aw, Hell No’ by Christopher Danzig, Above the Law Blog http://bit.ly/zlOlXZ What Employers and... Read more →

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"Biglaw Plods Towards Mastodon's Fate"

Goodness, gracious, this is a remarkable discussion about the future of big law firms! Thanks to lawyer, author, & blogger Robert J. Ambrogi for highlighting it in Legal Blog Watch: "When the general counsel of a major corporation says that the current model of the large law firm is heading towards extinction, ears perk up throughout the legal industry. That is precisely what happened after Sun Microsystems GC Mike Dillon wrote on his blog last week that Biglaw is going The Way of the Mastodon. His thesis is that large law firms exist primarily as aggregators of specialized legal expertise... Read more →

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"MySpace Helps Attorneys Find Clients"

Smart, very smart! This Legal Technology article describes what kinds of firms & clients might benefit from a page on MySpace: "When Missouri City, Texas, entertainment lawyer Leslie Warren Cross launched a MySpace.com page in 2006, he wanted a way to provide up-and-coming musicians basic information about the legalities of music contracts. "But Cross says that as he acquired 'friends' on his MySpace page, he realized the Internet social networking site is a great marketing tool for his firm, Les Cross & Associates, and a way to stay in contact with his vagabond musician clients. [snip] "Deborah McMurray, chief executive... Read more →

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"Some Job Hunters Are What They Post"

But you already know this, right? If not, I recommend reading this article from LawJobs.com very closely (particularly if you're looking for a new job): "Plug a prospective employee's name into Google or any other Internet search engine, and you might be surprised at what you find. Web pages may tell hiring attorneys that the person they just interviewed wrote for an undergraduate newspaper or belonged to a specific sorority, but the Web may also reveal the recent interviewee's drink of choice and dating status. "The advent of social networking Web sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Friendster have added... Read more →

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Paralegal's Commentary on Court's Patent Ruling

Yeah, this news is about an important ruling by the Supremes, but it's also very nice to see an experienced paralegal being quoted: "When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled for KSR in the case of KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex Inc. [link added], it also served notice to the software industry that major changes may be afoot in both the granting and protecting of existing software patents. "For several years now, software patents have frequently been seen by many as stifling innovation, granting intellectual property claims for ideas that had been around for decades and awarding the... Read more →

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"EDD-ucating Yourself About Electronic Discovery"

Not a new article (Oct. 2006) from the ABA's Law Practice Today, but someone just pointed out that it says something nice about this blog. (How did I miss that!?) "It was back in July 2004 (http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/slc07041.html) when Tom published the first Strongest Links article on the subject of electronic discovery as part of an influential EDD-themed issue of Law Practice Today. Since that time, the electronic evidence landscape has changed considerably, and EDD is more important that ever. With December 1 -- the date the amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect -- fast approaching, we thought... Read more →

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Paralegal's "Obama" MySpace Page

Only in the brand-new world of user-managed online politics could news like this be reported: "The manager of an unofficial Barack Obama MySpace page tells MTV News how the campaign took his URL. "'They took it ... they just took it from me.' "That was how Joe Anthony described what happened this week when the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama took control of the unofficial MySpace page Anthony set up in Obama's name in November of 2004. "Granted, though clearly labeled as unofficial, the site has the valuable URL www.MySpace.com/barackobama and when the Obama camp approached Anthony in... Read more →

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"Patently Obvious?"

Another excellent post to Legal Blog Watch by lawyer & blogger Robert J. Ambrogi [links listed below from original post]: "Tons of reaction among bloggers to yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in KSR v. Teleflex. Rather than attempt to summarize it all, I offer these samples. More on the impact of KSR. KSR v. Teleflex: The Supreme Court's Big Patent Ruling. Is there Sarbanes-Oxley Fallout from KSR v. Teleflex? Supreme Court to Patent Appeals Court: Drop Dead. Supreme Court Adopts New Standard on Patent Litigation." You can find more links to articles about this bombshell opinion in the complete post. Happy... Read more →

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SF Paralegal Manages MyDeathSpace Website

Well, this is certainly a different way to expand beyond a day job as a paralegal: "Before the public saw the faces or learned the names of the victims from last week's Virginia Tech massacre, thousands of college students across the country were already starting to mourn the dead at a Web site called MyDeathSpace.com. "Created in 2005 by Mike Patterson, the 25-year-old San Francisco paralegal says he started MyDeathSpace with the aim of creating a cautionary tool that could show teenagers, with stark and brutal honesty, how other kids their age were dying in their area (namely through car... Read more →

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"Virginia Tech Tragedy and the Law"

A compilation of legal & factual issues surrounding this tragic event has been posted on Legal Blog Watch by lawyer & blogger Carolyn Elefant: "As our nation continues to mourn the victims of the senseless Virginia Tech massacre, many bloggers' thoughts turn to the question of whether this tragedy could have prevented or whether others like it can be prevented in the future. While now's not the time to assign blame (and indeed, without additional information, we really can't make any definitive judgments), here's a list of some of the issues that will be generating additional discussion in the weeks... Read more →

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