Ron Friedmann asks a timely question: In the event of a recession, will law firms respond by investing lawyer time to build KM resources, products or to improve processes?
Very pleased to see that my first book has increased in value. The 1999 version cost $40. A new copy of it now sells for $62.98. Better hurry, they have only two new copies left!
I can only hope my next book has the same longevity.
I am pleased to report that my wife’s health has improved so much that I am able to return to professional work. The current projected publication date for my next book, Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Creating a Culture of Success is January 2023.
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.
Continue Reading KM Book Preface: Freida Riley
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…
What does Geometry have to to with Knowledge Management? And how is Laura Dern involved? My essay in the latest edition of LLRX.com has a few clues. This essay will be the Preface in my new book, Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Building A Culture of Success.
Knowledge Management projects live or die on the quantity and quality of information that system users share. Intuitively, the higher percentage of users participate would seem like a critical factor. This is one of the situations where intuition can lead you astray
Pareto’s Law: The 80-20 Rule
A century ago, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto…
No doubt, allowing lawyers and other contributors to law firm knowledge management databases via intranets and other techniques to “brand” their contributions by having their names attached is a powerful motivation technique. However, there are times when its complete opposite, anonymity, has greater power.
Some of your best lawyers may have great material, but be…
Jerry Lawson‘s new book Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Creating A Culture of Success is scheduled for publication in August 2021. We will be publishing selected sections here to obtain feedback. The first section is the Preface, in which Mr. Lawson explains the origin of his interest…