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LLRX October 2019 New articles and columns

Articles and Columns for October 2019

  • Blockchain: What Information Professionals Need to KnowAnna Irvin, Ph.D. and Janice E. Henderson, Esq. presented this comprehensive 64 page guide at the LLAGNY Education Committee Program on October 15, 2019. The guide is an multidisciplinary resource that includes: articles from law, business and finance journals, CLE programs/materials, smart contracts, Westlaw and Practical Law citations, sources on the impact of blockchain on the U.S. government and the international regulatory landscape, as well as all states with blockchain and cybersecurity laws (introduced, pending and failed).
  • The How and the Why of Law Blogs – Legal technology evangelist, author and blogger Nicole L. Black recommends that a legal blog is one of the best ways to create a memorable and search-engine-friendly online presence. Simply put, blogs are a great way for lawyers to showcase legal expertise while increasing their firms’ search engine optimization—all while helping them to stay on top of changes in their areas of practice by writing about them on their firm’s blog.
  • Leaping Into Your Future with the Real-Life Mr. SpockBill Jensen’s fascinating interview with Prof. Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair in Future Studies at UNESCO and USIM, focuses on the future of work, leadership and the significance of the Key Performance Indicator [KPI].
  • How women’s life-long experiences of being judged by their appearance affect how they feel in open-plan officesDr. Rachel Morrison identifies and discusses research respective to open-plan workspaces. Her conclusion is that female and male employees differ in their perceptions of being observed and this fact should be acknowledged and incorporated into office design.
  • New Survey on Technology Use by Law Firms: How Does Your Firm Compare?Nicole L. Black recommends firm conduct a technology audit to review the need for software updates, to identify and replace outdated technology and applications, and to plan and implement migrating operations such as document management and time and billing systems to cloud computing.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 26, 2019Four highlights from this week: Equifax Allegedly Made It Super Easy to Hack Customer Data; New App Helps Prevent Fraud at the Gas Pump; The Wayback Machine’s Save Page Now is New and Improved; and Trading in your phone may pose a risk to your data, one expert warns.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 19, 2019Four highlights from this week: Preparing for Evolving Cybersecurity Threats Facing the U.S. Electric Grid; US, UK agencies issue joint VPN security alert; New Report: “The Market of Disinformation”; and Plan for the Future. Manage the Present. Open or access your my Social Security account today.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 12, 2019Four highlights from this week: Americans and Digital Knowledge; 10 Tips to Avoid Leaving Tracks Around the Internet; Proving You’re You: How Federal Agencies Can Improve Online Verification; and New Report: “World’s First Deepfake Audit Counts Videos and Tools on the Open Web”.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 5, 2019Four highlights from this week: EU can force Facebook and social media platforms to remove content globally; How to Set Your Google Data to Self-Destruct; The whistleblowing process, explained; and ABA Tech Report 2019.

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How Much Would You Pay for a Houseplant?

The New York Times:  Four-figure price tags. Destination auctions. Yearslong wait-lists. Rare plant collectors aren’t messing around. “…Countless articles have attempted to unspool millennial motivations for loving plants: They’re a replacement for kids, a respite from urban cityscapes, a totem of climate anxiety, a life preserver to which one can cling in uncertain times, a… Continue Reading

Being a Law Firm Partner Was Once a Job for Life. That Culture Is All but Dead

WSJ.com [paywall]: “At the modern law firm, not all partners are created equal, and data and billings rule – “Four hundred of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s top lawyers gathered in May at an oceanfront resort in Southern California to toast another banner year. Kirkland was the highest-grossing law firm in the world for the second… Continue Reading

401(k) contribution limit increases to $19,500 for 2020; catch-up limit rises to $6,500

“The Internal Revenue Service today announced that employees in 401(k) plans will be able to contribute up to $19,500 next year. The IRS announced this and other changes in Notice 2019-59 (PDF), posted today on IRS.gov. This guidance provides cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2020.… Continue Reading

Warehouses Are Tracking Workers’ Every Muscle Movement

Bloomberg – Walmart and other companies are testing a monitoring device for workplace safety made by a startup called StrongArm. “..StrongArm says it has about 30 clients, including Heineken NV and Toyota Motor Corp., and is also establishing relationships with insurance companies interested in ways to reduce workers compensation costs. Walmart says it’s testing StrongArm… Continue Reading

What Would Happen If the Internet Went Down … Forever?

Popular Mechanics – “…So how long could society carry on without the internet? However implausible, it’s nonetheless a scenario that futurists, economists, and IT workers spend considerable time contemplating. “Eliminating all internet communications, even if only for a few days, would inflict huge economic costs,” says Thomas Hazlett, who served as chief economist of the… Continue Reading

Blockchain: What Information Professionals Need to Know

Via LLRX – Blockchain: What Information Professionals Need to Know – Anna Irvin, Ph.D. and Janice E. Henderson, Esq. presented this comprehensive 64 page guide at the LLAGNY Education Committee Program on October 15, 2019. The guide is an multidisciplinary resource that includes: articles from law, business and finance journals, CLE programs/materials, smart contracts, Westlaw and… Continue Reading

Reimagining the Legal Function

Artificial Lawyer – “If you’re in any doubt that legal functions are facing a need for radical change, then consider these three statistics from our recent study of 1,000 in-house legal departments worldwide.  First, 87% of respondents say their legal function has seen either a large or moderate rise in demand over the past five years. Second, against the background of this… Continue Reading

D.C. Nonlawyer Partner Rule Spurs Interest as States Mull Change

Via Mary Whisner – Sam Skolnik, D.C. Nonlawyer Partner Rule Spurs Interest as States Mull Change, Bloomberg Law News: “Some law firms in the nation’s capital have incorporated non-legal experts as co-owners, capitalizing on a unique District of Columbia Bar rule modification that could be instructive as changes to the same rule are considered elsewhere.… Continue Reading

Kentucky among 9 states blocking climate action

“Flash floods have troubled Kentucky for decades. Now, extreme rainstorms are worsening with climate change, increasing the odds of more disasters like the one Bentley’s community endured. For Kentucky’s poorest residents, the people living in flood-prone hollows with surface mines nearby, that means an ever-present threat to both life and hard-won possessions.  But the state… Continue Reading

Ten facts about the economics of climate change and climate policy

A joint report from The Hamilton Project and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Ryan Nunn, Jimmy O’Donnell, Jay Shambaugh, Lawrence H. Goulder, Charles D. Kolstad, and Xianling Long, October 23, 2019. “The world’s climate has already changed measurably in response to accumulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These changes as well as projected future… Continue Reading