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 […]

If you want to see your lawyer cry …

If you want to see your lawyer cry, take one of his/her carefully written contracts and copy and paste parts of it into a Franken-contract — Paul Jacobson (@pauljacobson) November 20, 2014

Small is a state of mind, not a value judgment

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. One of the first lessons I learned was that this thinking doesn’t work because, despite […]

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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