A little while ago Bryan Garner mourned the lost art of reviewing books in his ABA Journal column. Book reviews have all but disappeared from bar journals and law reviews, regrettably. That column stuck with me. It's true that book reviews are all but extinct in our profession. But that seems odd to me for … Continue reading The New Art of Reviewing Books
More lawyers should self-publish. Also, fewer lawyers should self-publish. Let me explain. We lawyers become experts in our areas of practice and learn a mountain of useful information over our careers. It's natural to share that information with a wider audience by writing a book. It's natural, but it isn't easy. Especially for busy professionals. … Continue reading More Lawyers Should Self-Publish—Mostly
A recent study is making waves. The shocking conclusion: two spaces after a sentence are better than one. Two spaces versus one—a perennial debate, like the Oxford comma and how to pronounce GIF. Many of us, myself included, were taught to space double after each sentence. It’s how we learned to type. It's how we … Continue reading Are Two Spaces Better Than One?
Bob Ambrogi, now publisher and editor-in-chief at LexBlog, recently announced that LexBlog will allow any law blogger into its content network for free, whether the blog is hosted by LexBlog or not. LexBlog makes money by licensing its software. But to become a global news and commentary network, it has to open its doors. Too … Continue reading LexBlog Welcomes All Bloggers
Yesterday the Wife and I made the 45-minute drive to the nearest Half Price Books. (We're the kind of people who think Chick-fil-A-and-a-bookstore makes the perfect date.) I always check the reference and writing books section, and there I found A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H. W. Fowler. It was the second edition … Continue reading Fowler’s Modern English Usage, 2d Ed.
The Wife was reading a self-published book riddled with errors the other day, and we started talking about the lack of editing in today's online world. We both feel somewhat offended when a self-published author or a blogger doesn't care enough to even proofread. Especially if you're going to sell your writing, you should either do … Continue reading Editing Is Essential
Fastcase just added a truckload of employment law titles from Littler. They're here! @Littler Employer Library titles are now available on @fastcase. For a complete list of titles and pricing information visit https://t.co/4bOl9htR2a Plus, you can sign up for a free daily Employment Law Case Digest. pic.twitter.com/e5tvP3Phxc — Fastcase (@fastcase) March 22, 2018 Continuing its … Continue reading Fastcase Adds Littler Employer Library
The launching of new legal tech startups is one of the most exciting parts of ABA TECHSHOW. One of them this year was Lawyaw, a cloud-based document drafting platform. I stopped by their booth in Start-Up Alley on the expo floor to see the product and chat with David Gomez and Tucker Cottingham. David and … Continue reading First Look: Lawyaw
Fastcase is still aggressively pursuing secondary content, and more is coming soon. That's the takeaway from a little conversation I had with Joe Patz, a Fastcase account executive, at ABA TECHSHOW yesterday. He was one of several people I was keen to ask, What's coming in the next year? First of all, more RAIL is … Continue reading Fastcase on the Fast Track
Update: I recently spoke with Matt Spiegel, Lawmatics' founder, about the software. I've added more about our conversation below. Yesterday I made it to ABA TECHSHOW for a couple of hours to scout out software for my new firm. Though I was a bit surprised by my experience at the expo, I had some great … Continue reading First Look: Lawmatics