Posts Categorized: Publishing

The new legal publishing niche: clients

Posted by & filed under Clients, Publishing.

Hey there, legal professional — looking for a career change in these uncertain times? I have a legal publishing niche to recommend to you. But first, some background. This economic crisis has inspired some of the best legal blog writing I’ve seen in a while — urgent, direct, and relentlessly focused on communicating to readers… Read more »

Customized casebooks vs. collaborative knowledge

Posted by & filed under Collaboration, Law School, Publishing.

Ready or not, here they come: electronic law texts are gaining momentum. A conference in Seattle this weekend on the future of the legal casebook will discuss how these books can be made widely available in electronic format (here are Gene Koo’s submissions for the workshop). The growing popularity of Amazon’s Kindle, especially the book-sized… Read more »

Take the Blue-Sky Challenge

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Innovation, Law School, Publishing.

My latest column has been posted at Slaw. You should go read it there, because it’s a special interactive edition and I’d like to produce as many entries for this contest as possible — and because, as always, there’s tremendous content at Slaw just waiting for your perusal. Go check it out.

A message to my legal publishing colleagues

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Stop. Time out. Stop doing what we’ve always been doing. Put aside the deadlines and schedules for a moment. Put down the pen, those of us still using one. Push back from the keyboard, take a deep breath, and close our eyes. Make a mental list of all of our longstanding assumptions about this industry… Read more »

Be your own platform

Posted by & filed under Innovation, Marketing, Publishing.

This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-anticipated decision in Keays v. Honda, a wrongful dismissal case that concerned the extent to which punitive damages should be awarded under Canadian employment law. The plaintiff, who had scored an unprecedented $500,000 in extra damages at trial, saw his notice period cut from 24 to… Read more »

Burn your newsletters

Posted by & filed under Clients, Innovation, Marketing, Publishing.

Ah, the law firm newsletter. The simplest and humblest of law firm communication vehicles – a collection of lawyer-written articles on new statutory or case law developments, bundled together into a stiff, saddle-stitched document that’s mailed out to clients on a regular basis (or more recently, placed online and e-mailed). What could be a safer… Read more »

How to write for the media

Posted by & filed under Marketing, Publishing.

You might have heard of a new website called JD Supra — it’s essentially an online forum and database in which lawyers register, create profiles, and post court filings, decisions, forms and/or articles, free of charge and free to access. Check it out and see what it has to offer you. The benefits to lawyers… Read more »

Waking the neighbours

Posted by & filed under Publishing, Satisfaction.

Ten years ago, it was rare to see more than a passing mention of law practice management or legal business issues even in the legal press. Today, the legal press has finally caught up, but the mainstream media also seems to be warming to this topic. In recent weeks, we’ve seen prominent articles on lawyer… Read more »

Disaggregation and legal publishing

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Here’s a neat thought: disaggregation of legal texts. Law books probably lend themselves better to this approach than other disciplines precisely because of the law’s extreme specialization. I can see a defence lawyer downloading only those entries in Martin’s Annotated Criminal Code that deal with DUIs, entirely bypassing the sections dealing with murder, aggravated assault… Read more »

21st-century legal publishing

Posted by & filed under Generations, Publishing, Technology.

This article was first posted at Slaw on September 26th, 2006. “I’ve been a lawyer in Toronto now for four years. Over this time, a lot of law magazines, newspapers and newsletters have crossed my desk. Even though these are publications for lawyers, I never feel like they are really talking to me. They always… Read more »

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