July 2003

Legal Document of the Year

From CalPundit (who saw it on Unfogged), we get the Smoking Gun Legal Document of the Year. Yes — even though there are five months in the year remaining, Smoking Gun has declared a winner. And it’s a doozie — defending the use of the word “fuck”...

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Free book!

Last month I wrote about a book by a very close friend. Learning that a friend attempted suicide is hard enough; reading about the ordeal and realizing how little you actually knew about this person is terrifying. Ben is an amazing person — not because of his...

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Fundraising success

The Dean vs. Bush fundraising challenge is over – and the campaign reports that over $500,000 was raised since Friday afternoon. NPR covered the effort today on All Things Considered, and gives nice airtime to Nicco, Zephyr and Mathew. Great job, everyone. And thanks to the many...

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Productizing legal services

It’s not online yet, but be sure to look out for this month’s Law Practice Management Magazine which has a cover story on productizing legal services by Sally Schmidt. In it, she looks at three firms who’ve gone to some lengths to deliver packaged services (often for...

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Speak softly and carry a big bat

After the Bush campaign’s fundraising successes in Q2, some skeptics pointed out that the Democrats were challenging each other but not presenting much of a challenge to President Bush. Well, the Dean campaign has brought back “the bat” — you may recall it showed up towards the...

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Brobeck – the firm that keeps on giving

This has the potential to be a huge problem with wide-ranging ramifications for the ongoing troubles faced by several law firms. A former IT employee at Brobeck is claiming that confidential client files were potentially mishandled in the wake of Brobeck’s dissolution. In a declaration, Homiyar Watchha,...

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Upgrades gone bad

I’m an Expensable user — it’s an old Quicken product (now owned by the ominous-sounding “One Mind Connect”) that manages expense reports. About two months ago, it produced an expense report that printed out all expenses as “miscellaneous” even though all were properly categorized in the program....

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Life Lessons from the Donut Guy

Life Lessons from the Donut & Coffee Guy Jason Kottke has a terrific post about a sidewalk stand that increases profits by improving trust. “Next!” said the coffee & donut man (who I’ll refer to as “Ralph”) from his tiny silver shop-on-wheels, one of many that dot...

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