Purpose: My wife Juanita has been hospitalized since early September. The longtime office manager for the Washington DC law firm Regan Zambri and Long, she has many friends. The most concerned have been calling me, sending me texts and emails about Juanita’s status. I welcome this concern but responding to each communication is …
Here is the complete text of the Preface to Jerry Lawson’s upcoming book Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Building a Culture of Success, scheduled for publication in April 2022. It was originally published at LLRX.com and reprinted at The Impact Lawyers.
I first learned about the joy of efficiency from my high school Geometry teacher, Miss Freida Riley. On submitting a proof for her approval, her usual reaction would be: “It’s OK. Can you do better?” What she meant was make it simpler, more streamlined, more efficient.
If more work resulted in better insights, I might hear words like: “That’s good, Jerry. That’s what we are looking for.” Miss Riley prized efficiency, what mathematicians call “elegance.” She showed me what poet Edna St. Vincent had in mind when she wrote “Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.”
Valedictorian of her high school and college classes, Frieda Riley could have been a star teacher at virtually any school in the country. She chose to teach in McDowell County, the heart of the West Virginia coal fields. It was the poorest county in the poorest state in the nation. The poverty in McDowell County is so deep and so persistent that the New York Times used the county in an article portraying it as the poster child of poverty in the United States.
Miss Riley blessed her students with better ways of thinking and approaching problems. She opened the door to new worlds, new possibilities.
Frieda Riley died of Hodgkin’s Disease at age 31. Today she is honored in the National Museum of Education, but her most important legacy is the countless students she inspired–and equipped–to meet challenges.…
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Many lawyers, possibly to help preserve their peace of mind, tend to underestimate the potential impact of AI on their practices. Professors Elizabeth C. Tippett and Charlotte Alexander have a key insight in their article Robots Are Coming for the Lawyers:
Imagine what a lawyer does on a given day: researching cases, drafting briefs,
Many, maybe most lawyers are reluctant to give presentations, some because they lack confidence in their ability to handle questions. My article with tips on handling Q & A is is now available at LLRX.com.
Very glad to allow the European-based legal journal The Impact Lawyers to reprint my essay Knowledge Management, Geometry and Frieda Riley. This essay will be the preface for my new KM book, now due for publication in April 2022.
The Impact Lawyers newsletter is a good way to get an international perspective on the…
Lawyers sometimes are so busy practicing law and mastering technology that they make the mistake of considering workouts a luxury, something fun. Workouts can and should be that, but they are so much more: A key to productivity.
Roman Zelichenko‘s recent LinkedIn post questioning the value of LinkedIn prompted me to provide him a recommendation:
On getting back into the legal tech game after being out a few years working as a civil service lawyer with a knowledge management specialty, I needed to get up to speed on recent developments at…