How lawyers are mining the information mother lode for pricing, practice tips and predictions – ABA Journal

The day is here: Big data, loosely defined as the computer analysis of torrents of information to find hidden gems of insight, is slowly transforming the way law is practiced in the U.S.

Law firms are using big data to identify which cases will be easy slam dunks and those that are air balls. They’re relying on the technology to get a read on what other law firms are charging, so they can adjust their rates accordingly. And big data is also popping up in law firm human resources departments, where tech-savvy department heads are crunching data on potential new hires in the hopes of coming up with recruits who are truly a good fit.

 

Read the entire article here.

 

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I suppose its only price-fixing and a violation of anti-trust laws when a couple of solos and small firm practitioners talk about charges–not when the big folks do some data mining?

 

 

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Rochester Law Digest

The Rochester Law Digest is an independently owned and operated bi-monthly publication covering recent decisions and opinions from all the New York appellate courts, as well as articles of general interest to the legal community.

You can  stay informed about recent appellate decisions from across the state by reviewing their bi-monthly Digest and  “Just Released” page. You can also sign up for their bi-monthly digest and email notice of updates to their “Just Released” page.
For now all this goodness is free.
UPDATE:
To all those who recently signed-up, thank you for your interest in the Rochester Law Digest mailing list.  The “Just Released” page of the website www.rochesterlawdigest.com was updated on April 27th, 2013, with summaries of selected Appellate Division and Court of Appeals cases released last week. The next issue of the Digest will be out on May 1 and I hope to include summaries of any decisions that are released next Tuesday (April 30) in the Digest.  The next update of the “Just Released” page of the website will include cases released between May 1st and May 3rd.  I hope you find the summaries (and Digest) useful.

Bruce Freeman

Big Ideas About The Future of Law in 6 Minutes – LexThink.1 2013 – Legal Ease Blog

Allison Shields makes it easy to find and watch this year’s Big Ideas:

The videos from this year’s LexThink.1 presentations have been posted.

In case you don’t know about LexThink.1, it’s an event that is usually held in conjunction with the ABA TECHSHOW. LexThink.1 takes place the evening before TECHSHOW begins.

Here’s the format: 10 speakers, each with only 6 minutes to speak on a particular topic related to the future of law practice (this year’s theme was “Disruption”), and each presentation includes 20 slides (which are automatically advanced every 18 seconds by the event host, not by the presenters themselves).

 

Read more: http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2013/04/big-legal-ideas-in-6-minutes-lexthink1-2013.html#ixzz2RiQIdnVj

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Criminal Complaint Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Filed in Federal (Not Military) Court

Miranda’s Public Safety Exception: | David S. Kemp | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

As Americans are still reeling from the recent Boston Marathon bombing, a debate is brewing over whether the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, should have been read his Miranda rights. On Friday, April 19, a mere five days after the bombing, Emily Bazelonopined on Slate that “anyone who worries about the police railroading suspects” should be alarmed that the FBI publicly opted not to read the suspect his right to silence or his right to an attorney. On the blog Balkinization, professors Jason Mazzone and Sandy Levinson engaged in a heated discussion as to the proper interpretation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Miranda.

 

Read David Kemp’s full analysis of the issue here.

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