Tuesday, 15 January 2013

From Zero to 140: the Law's Fastest Interview with Charles Christian



















This is the law's fastest cross-examination where the respondent has to give up an answer between Zero and 140 characters. Today's interviewee is barrister, Reuters correspondent and Legal Tech blogger Charles Christian. Here it goes:

Brian John Spencer: What are you up to right now?
Charles Christian: Right now I'm in a cocktail bar in downtown St Paul, Minnesota

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Despite the Need, Many UK Lawyers are Avoiding Business Development



















Law firms need to change. That’s the prognosis we’ve heard over and over again. Lawyers now work in a deeply challenging environment: a post-2008 world where clients expectations have changed, technology is growing, markets are shrinking, economic uncertainty prevails and new regulations compound existing difficulties.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The French Lurch Towards Social Media Censorship

These are interesting times for social media. In Dublin Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes seems to be toying with the idea of bringing in the legal control of online communications. In England and Wales the director of public prosecutions has played it cool and has put the matter out to public consultation.

Friday, 11 January 2013

From Zero to 140: the Law's Fastest Interview with Anthony Lyons

This is the law's fastest cross-examination where the respondent has to put up an answer between Zero and 140 characters. Today's latest interviewee is legal tweeter Anthony Lyons (@ParalegalTony). Here it goes:

Brian John Spencer: What are you up to right now?
Anthony Lyons: Studying for LPC exams this week. Got a long few nights ahead of me!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

From Zero to 140: the Law's Fastest Interview with Pat Ellis

This is the law's fastest cross-examination where the respondent has to posit an answer using between zero and 140 characters.

Today's first ever interviewee is Pat Ellis who tweets from @Sparty_Legal. Here it goes:

Brian John Spencer: What are you up to right now?

Pat Ellis: Monday morning in law school: lots of reading, writing, and coffee. It is also very cold here in MI today... so I'm trying to stay warm.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Why we need to be able to Read & Write Code


The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg tweeted at the start of 2012 that his new year resolution was to learn to code with Code Academy.
Around the same time Minister for Education Michael Gove announced plans to shake up the way that computer and digital literacy is taught. The policy development coming after criticism that we were producing functional IT users who could use but not create software.
On announcing the new plans Gove said that technology education is "vital to our success in the global race."
In a recent show on BBC Radio 4 called the "Coded World" the presenter and technologist Tom Armitage took umbrage against Gove's arbitrary suggestion that we should frame the a want for computer and digital literacy in solely economic terms.
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