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Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio Sizes Up The Impact Of The Recession On Law Firms And Lawyers

The economic downturn has taken its toll on law firms, especially lawyers.  Please join me and my fellow blogger and co-host  Bob Ambrogi welcome Attorney Skip Simpson from the Law Offices of Skip Simpson to explore the rash of suicides hitting the legal community and what law firms need to do to prevent them.  Later in the program, we welcome Peter Zeughauser from the Zeughauser Group to take a look at the long-term changes in law practice caused by the recession.


Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 08:51. Comments Closed (0) |

Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio Explores Asbestos Litigation

There has been a lot of talk in the mainstream media lately about a revival of sorts in asbestos litigation. Please join me and my fellow blogger and co-host Bob Ambrogi as we welcome Attorney Kirk Hartley from the firm  Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd and Attorney Steven Kazan Managing Partner at Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Lyons, Greenwood & Harley, to discuss the recent victory for W.R. Grace in a Montana trial, how attorneys have been filing cases in other states with friendlier courts and what is being done to put the asbestos litigation system on the right path.


Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:35. Comments Closed (0) |

Lawyer 2 Lawyer Internet Radio Talks About Finding a New Souter

At the age of 69 and after 18 years on the Supreme Court,  Justice David Souter made the announcement that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of this year's term in June.  Please join me and my fellow blogger and co-host Bob Ambrogi as we welcome Professor Daniel J. Meador, James Monroe Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Law and Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Justice Souter's former law clerk, to reflect on Justice Souter's career, look at the potential list of replacements and the opportunity for President Obama to leave an imprint with his choice for the High Court.


Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 11:56. Comments Closed (0) |

Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio Gets The List On Craigslist

Recently the popular online advertising site, Craigslist was in the spotlight after a medical student was accused of killing a Boston masseuse who advertised on the site.  Please join me and my fellow blogger and co-host Bob Ambrogi as we welcome Attorney Edward Wes, Outside Counsel for Craigslist, and David Ardia, fellow at the Berkman Center and director of the Citizen Media Law Project, to talk about regulations on online advertising sites and what is being done to monitor illegal activity on these sites.

You can download the podcast here.


Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, May 01, 2009 at 13:20. Comments Closed (0) |

Lawyer 2 Lawyer Internet Radio Walks the Plank

The first prosecution of a pirate in the U.S. in 100 years! The world watched closely as Richard Phillips, Captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship was rescued, after being held hostage by four Somali pirates.  Please join me and my fellow blogger and co-host Bob Ambrogi, as we welcome piracy law expert, Professor Samuel P. Menefee, Maury Fellow at University of Virgina's Center for Ocean Law and Policy and Attorney Joseph R. McFaul from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP and a retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve,  to explore the legal issues on the high seas surrounding the Somali pirates, the future of the captured pirate and how this case could be a deterrent in other incidents of piracy.


Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 11:39. Comments Closed (0) |

Can Someone Explain Twitter To Me?

I'm a card-carrying computer geek.  I actually have a pocket protector and sometimes wear my floodwater pants too high with my white sox showing.  Well, for those who know me, I'm kidding about that last sentence.  I really am a computer geek, though.  As proof, I submit Exhibit A - I am typing this post from a computer in my family room.  Actually two computers:  one I work on and a media center hooked to the plasma screen.

See?  I told you I was a geek.  Heck, I even understand HTML better than Spanish - and I live in Southern California where Spanish is almost our native language.

But I don't get Twitter.

It's not for a lack of trying. I made a point to stay on it for two weeks.  I followed others and signed up for news blasts.  It just tied up my telephone with what for me was largely useless information.  I really don't care if my friend in New England missed his flight because of snow.  That's part of living there.  That's why I live in Southern California.  I don't need to relive that experience.  In fact, it's exactly why I left there, and why I will call my family in the dead of winter when it's warm out here. 

On the other hand, I get FacebookLinkedIn even makes sense.  Plaxo is a bit of a different story - it's just plain boring.  I even get semi-social networking sites like Avvo (probably because I'm on their advisory board - disclaimer there).  I can see pictures, get updates, make more friends and scroll through the list of what they're doing. 

And no, it's not just the pictures.  In case you haven't notice, I'm really into words, so the concept of 160 characters isn't the problem for me.  It's just that it doesn't provide me anything more than I can get elsewhere on the Internet - with more accouterments.

When you strip a service down to its most basic element and there's still nothing there, then it has no value.  Sure, 15 million people are on Twitter at last count, but what's there that isn't elsewhere?

What is Twitter able to accomplish that can't be had elsewhere just as quickly and without the expense?  And if there's no advertising on it, how does it pay for itself?  Or am I just a twit for not getting it?

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 21:18. Comments Closed (2) |

Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio Finds Online Interference in the Jury Box

Jurors Twittering details of a trial. Jurors Googling information about a case. And last month, a kudge declaring a mistrial in a big federal drug case in Florida when jurors conducted research online.  On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, we're talking about the advances in technology, communication and information flow interfering with the justice system and the potential effect on ‘trial by jury.' 

Please join me as I welcome jury behavior expert, Dr. Edward P. Schwartz, Attorney Peter Raben, defense attorney from Miami, Florida and Attorney Sean Ellsworth managing partner at Ellsworth Law Firm P.A, to discuss this hot legal topic.  My fellow blogger and co-host Bob Ambrogi is off this week.


Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 14:08. Comments Closed (0) |

Green Your Career: Incisive Media To Host Networking Breakfast At Legal Tech West

This erratic economy has been tough on everybody, but none more so than the members of our legal technology community who have lost their jobs. It's a difficult, scary, and challenging time for even the most self-confident professionals.

The Incisive Media folks (the ones who sponsor this blog in the network) want to help -- so we've decided to team up at LegalTech West Coast and offer a simple, heartfelt gesture:  on Day 2 (Thursday June 25, 2009) we will host a very informal, free "Green Your Career" networking breakfast, from 8-9 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

It will be co-hosted by Law Technology News and, with the support of the LegalTech crew, and has a simple format:  We're inviting jobseekers -- as well as vendors and law firm leaders (even if you do not currently have an available opening).

For the first half-hour, we plan to network together, and enjoy coffee, tea and danish - it's a chance to "work the room" and hone your skills.  Then we'll gather at round tables, where at each table a leader of our community will talk about how he or she survived/thrived through a career transition. Among the scheduled speakers are:

• John Tredennick, who was a litigator partner at Holland & Hart when he spun off Catalyst Respository Systems.

• Tom Collins, former owner of Juris Inc., who survived cancer and now is a murder mystery novelist!

• Yours truly, who sold a small firm and joined Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold.

• Mary Mack, renowned counsel at Fios Inc.

We'll have news of more speakers shortly.

The event is free and all attendees will be invited to stick around and visit our exhibit hall and the Day 2 Keynote Address (immediately following the breakfast) on us.

Jobseekers will be encouraged to post their resumes on, and all firms/vendors who attend will get free access to (for a limited period, of course).

Our concept is simple:  let's provide an hour of inspiration, nurturing, contacts, and networking. 

Please come, whether you need a job, or just want to offer encouragement.  If you are coming to show support, please bring along a gift card (you can pick them up at most supermarkets or drug stores), so we can give a day brightener "party favor" to each jobseeker. If you can't attend and want to send a gift card, you can send them to Monica Bay, who's organizing this get-together c/o Law Technology News, 120 Broadway, 5th floor, NYC 10271.

Jobseekers can come for warmth, support and new contacts.  Firms/vendors:  if you do have a spot open, there likely won't be a better place to find great talent.  Even if you don't fit into either category, you might tomorrow -- so bring lots of business cards.

As an added incentive for technology vendors: we will raffle off a wonderful lunch or dinner with Monica Bay (rumor has it that you can even use the word "solution" and she won't cringe).  You you can tell Monica about your company's plans, products and services and get a great meal on LTN.

Visit www.legaltechshow for details, or e-mail LTN at

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 07:10. Comments Closed (0) |

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