I blame the lawyers

This is pretty amusing although more the Ars article than the fact that the patent for online document sharing was actually granted to Xerox: There are probably hundreds of pieces of prior art that could be found for an essentially simple idea. The one highlighted in Ranieri’s article, and pictured above, is a library circulation…

Small is a state of mind, not a value judgment

[caption width="1024" align="aligncenter"] Pizza Place in the Town of Leakey, Texas, near San Antonio 05/1973[/caption] When I left a large law firm to start my firm, Jacobson Attorneys, in 2005 I priced my services relatively low on the naive assumption that I would attract a greater volume of clients who would find my fees affordable.…

Lawyers leading the indoctrinated public along a meaningless path

Something that has been bugging me lately is how everyone seems to think about risk in terms of specific legislation, the most popular one these days being #POPI (in other words, the Protection of Personal Information Act). It’s not that I’m irritated that non-lawyers know more about legal developments. On the contrary, it is terrific…

Lawyers can be terrible writers

Rian van der Merwe wrote an interesting post titled “Good writing and the death of plain language” recently which touches on something I think about each time I sit down to write an article or a contract. Van der Merwe quoted William Zinsser’s “On Writing Well” and this one paragraph stood out for me: Our…

Advice for new lawyers about passion

I receive emails from young lawyers and law students asking me for advice on how best to enter the profession and focus on Internet/digital legal work, from time to time. I generally give the same answer and when I received an email from an aspiring lawyer recently, I thought I’d publish part of my response…

In defence of lawyers and their fees

The Oscar Pistorius case discussion has shifted, to a degree, to the lawyers involved and the profit they are bound to make from this high profile case. This is a common meme in any high profile case and when talking about lawyers generally. It is also a pretty harmful meme and not necessarily for the…
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