UPDATE: Woo Hoo!!  Thanks to the amazing readers of 3 Geeks, we are now leading the voting in this award category.  Voting’s not over and iPhone JD could still pull ahead and Catalyst E-Discovery Search Blog is less than a length behind and could overtake us both.  But I don’t care anymore.  It’s enough to know that we overcame a 93-13 deficit by going on an 82-2 run in the last 24 hours. No Vogon poetry from me next week even if we end up losing.  You guys and gals are the best.  (ed – But if you haven’t voted already, go vote anyway.)

I’m not a terribly competitive person. (ed – Phlewffthpts! [spit take])  I don’t spend time worrying about whether 3 Geeks and a Law Blog is the best Legal Technology Blog out there. (ed – No, you just write blog posts about it.) I mean, look at the theme on this page!  It’s quite literally, the default orange that Google assumes is so hideous that no one will dare leave it in place for longer than a day. It’s a sign of our scappy outsider status. (ed – It’s a sign that we’re too damn lazy to change it.) We have offers to place ads on this blog all the time, but we always turn them down.  (ed – Not so often anymore, that orange really turns people off.)  We’ll never sell out to the man! (ed – If ‘the man’ is reading this, please give me a call.) And we will never ever ever, under any circumstances, care about petty little childish things like awards. (ed – You know, like 2 Fastcase 50 winners and an ABA Journal Blog Hall of Fame.)

But this cannot stand!

If you go to the link above (http://t.co/KeZ8Iunf8F) you’ll see that 3 Geeks has been nominated as the 2015 Best Legal Technology Blog in a contest sponsored by The Expert Institute.  As of this writing, we’ve got 13 votes.  13 whole votes!  And one of them is mine. (ed – If they had let Ryan vote multiple times like he tried, 3 Geeks would be winning by a lot.) 


Now, to be clear, we don’t need to win this award. Jeff Richardson over at iPhone JD has got this one in the bag with 93 votes.  And more power to him, it’s a great blog. (ed – He sells ads on his blog.)  I don’t know him, but he seems like a great guy. (ed – He certainly doesn’t seem to have a problem selling out to the man.) And his blog is beautiful.  (ed – By which he means, no orange.) No, I don’t need to win, I just don’t want to lose by a factor of 7 to the guy whose blog is focused almost exclusively on Apple products in the practice of law. (ed – Ryan’s just jealous that he didn’t think of it first.)

Absolutely every day of the year, 3 Geeks gives you good informative content, about all facets of the industry, with a bit of humor and a lot of heart. (ed – Multiple times a month we give you some crap that may have some very slight value to a few of you.) And in return we ask nothing, but a friendly hello when you run into one us at a conference. (ed – And maybe a beer.)


But today, I am asking this one favor.  Please, go vote for 3 Geeks in The Expert Institute contest for Best Technology Blog 2015. (http://t.co/KeZ8Iunf8F)

I just want to get half as many votes as the iPhone JD blog guy. (ed – Please go get him half as many votes as Jeff Richardson. If he doesn’t come in at least 3rd, Ryan is going to sulk around for weeks, writing moody adolescent poetry about server virtualization.  I can’t take that again.)

O’ my virtuoso,

my lovely server,

my sweet and sanguine cloud-based

friend…

We constantly make fun of the lack of innovation in the legal field, but there are a number of highly talented people out there that battle the constant resistance to change, and make a difference for their own organizations and profession. For the past five years, Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase, has recognized those whom he lists as innovators, visionaries, and leaders in the law through his Fastcase 50 Award Winners. I was honored to be a part of the inaugural Fastcase 50 back in 2011, and I’m even happier that my fellow Geek, Ryan McClead, received the award this year. (In fact, Ryan is so good, that when the list was initially displayed, he showed up twice!)

Here’s the write-up on Ryan:


Ryan McClead
Legal Technology Innovation Architect, Norton Rose Fulbright

Ryan McClead leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Legal Technology Innovation initiative, solving information supply-chain problems in one of the world’s largest law firms. Ryan is a regular contributor to the popular 3 Geeks and a Law Blog (perhaps the most prolific contributor recently). According to Original Geek (OG) Greg Lambert: Ryan’s writing is “pure genius.” Lambert adds: “The Exponential Law Firm series, and The Myth of Disruptive Technology are instant classics and not only show Ryan’s ability to talk about current trends in legal technology, but also to peer into the future, all in a funny, imaginative, and thought-provoking way. Ryan’s projects at Norton Rose Fulbright also expose his creative side. Pushing out technologies directly to the firm’s clients and other consumers across the globe, Ryan is turning the concepts of what we think technology can do within a law firm on its head. We could all use a Ryan or two at our firms, to enable us to break out of our groupthink mentality and see things from a completely different perspective.”

Ryan is just one of those people that sees things in a different way, and finds ways of making things work, sound, and look better. Much of that comes from his creative background of working in the fine arts and applying his ability to tell a story in a way that makes us all sit up and say “ohh, I get it.”

Congratulations to Ryan and the other 49 recipients of the Fastcase 50 award.

The upcoming August edition of The American Lawyer will feature an article on the innovators of Big Law over the past 50 years. Now, you may initially find it to be an oxymoron to place the word “Innovator” in the same sentence as “Big Law”, but that’s another discussion for another time. What caught my eye was the category of “Outside Influence” and the names and types of companies that were on the list.

The biggest thing that stood out to me was there were two names listed from Pangea3, the Legal Process Outsourcing firm out of New York, Dallas, Mumbai, and Delhi. Although Pangea3 was gobbled up by Thomson Reuters, it still seems to be building momentum in the legal industry as a major alternative to traditional law firms, and its growth over the past three plus years has been very strong.

In addition to the Pangea3 duo, Axiom landed a spot on the Outside Influence list with its 1,000+ person firm with its own twist on how “Big Law” can be conducted during times of flat demand and low traditional law firm revenues.

The late Jerome Rubin, creative mind behind Lexis was also on the list. The whole movement of technology and legal information has probably been one of the greatest influences on the way lawyers conduct business. Of course, it also brought along ideas like billing back clients for the costs… but again, another story for another day.

One of the entries on this list caught me a little off-guard, and at first I thought was a little gratuitous, was the listing of The American Lawyer’s Steven Brill, but then I immediately remembered that the whole AmLaw 100 compilation was the (at least in my opinion) impetuous for the rush to become billion dollar, 1,000+ attorney, Profits Per Partner driven law firms. Without this driver, would we even be talking about the Death of Big Law at all??

David Lat from Above the Law is a shoe-in for Outside Influencer. His online tabloid of the folies of lawyers, especially BigLaw lawyers, has been one of the most popular resources during the hard times of the past five years. ATL is the TMZ of BigLaw, and although many lawyers look down their noses at online tabloid, none of these lawyers ever wants to be mentioned on it.

One of the biggest, and maybe most under-rated on the list is Robert Banks Sr. of the American Corporate Counsel Association. Just as Above the Law scares BigLaw lawyers, perhaps the ACC scares them more. With the ACC throwing out creative programs like the ACC Value Challenge, the association has become a valued resource for Corporate Counsel to bounce ideas off of each other, and to compare notes on how they handle the business of dealing with their outside counsel, specifically Big Law firms. Knowledge like this is slowly putting GC’s in better positions to negotiate with large firms on better rates, better work, and better results (at least financially speaking.) In a time when GCs are constantly being asked to cut outside legal spend, the ACC platform is one of the most valuable resources they have.

There are more on the list, including Steven Bochco for his show L.A. Law, and I’ve put out the press release below. I look forward to reading the full article when the August edition of The American Lawyer arrives in my in-box.

The American Lawyer Honors Top Big Law Innovators of Last 50 Years

 NEW YORK – July 30, 2013 – ALM’s The American Lawyer has chosen The Top 50 Innovators in Big Law in the Last 50 Years and details their innovations in its August issue and online at americanlawyer.com. The winners, picked for their contributions in the categories of Big Ideas, Law Firm Values, Outsiders’ Influence, The Work, and Business of Law, will be honored at a reception in New York City on October 10th.

“Big Law is notorious for its hidebound habits, but over the last 50 years a few dozen men and women have had an outsize impact on the profession,” wrote Robin Sparkman, Editor in Chief of The American Lawyer. “Our research and reporting teams spent six months looking for the people whose ideas, policies, and practices have left an indelible mark on the legal industry.”

The innovators are:

Big Ideas

  • Russell Baker, Baker & McKenzie
  • Ralph Baxter, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Jerome Cohen, Coudert Brothers
  • Allen Holmes, Jones Day
  • Wang Junfeng, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Peter Kalis, K&L Gates
  • Young Moo Kim, Kim & Chang
  • W. James MacIntosh, Morgan. Lewis & Bockius
  • Owen Nee Jr., Coudert Brothers
  • Regina Pisa, Goodwin Procter
  • John Quinn, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
  • Ralph Savarese, Howrey
  • Clinton Stevenson, Latham & Watkins

Law Firm Values

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Esther Lardent, Pro Bono Institute
  • Jonathan Lippman, New York State Chief Judge
  • Robert MacCrate, ABA Task Force on Law Schools and The Profession
  • David Morley, Allen & Overy
  • Roderick Palmore, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Thomas Sager, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Howard Westwood, Covington & Burling
  • Keith Wetmore, Morrison & Foerster

Outsiders’ Influence

  • Robert Banks Sr., American Corporate Counsel Association
  • Steven Bochco, L.A. Law
  • Steven Brill, The American Lawyer
  • Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Sir David Clementi, The Clementi Report
  • Mark Harris, Axiom
  • Ben Heineman Jr., General Electric Company
  • Sanjay Kamlani, Pangea3
  • David Lat, Above the Law
  • Hugh McLernon, IMF (Australia) Ltd.
  • David Perla, Pangea3
  • Marla Persky, Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • Jerome Rubin, LexisNexis
  • Amy Schulman, Pfizer Inc.
  • John Walker, IMF (Australia) Ltd.
  • Earle Yaffa, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

The Work

  • Richard Beattie, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Thomas Boggs Jr., Patton Boggs
  • H. Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Kirk Davenport, Latham & Watkins
  • Robert Fiske, Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Joseph Flom, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Jack Levin, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Martin Lipton, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Harvey Miller, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Charles Ruff, Covington & Burling

Business of Law

  • David Boies, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
  • Andrew Grech, Slater & Gordon
  • Scott Green, Pepper Hamilton
  • Simon Harper, Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Stephen Hopkins, Eversheds
  • Sir Nigel Knowles, DLA Piper
  • Peter Martyr, Norton Rose
  • Diana Newcombe, Eversheds
  • Raymond Niro, Niro, Haller & Niro
  • Larry Sonsini, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

About ALM

ALM is a global leader in specialized business news and information. Trusted reporting delivered through innovative technology is the hallmark of ALM’s award-winning media properties, which include Law.com (www.law.com), The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal and The New York Law Journal. Headquartered in New York City with 16 offices worldwide, ALM brands have been serving their markets since 1843. For more information, visit www.alm.com.

 

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AALL is accepting nominations for new products that are valuable to library services. “New Product” is being defined as having been in the market for less than two years, or has been substantially changed during that time. So, if there’s a great product that you’ve brought into your library, you should seriously think about submitting that product for the award. Just off the top of my head, I could think of a few products out there that are worthy of submitting… the Fastcase iPad app (the iPhone app won last year)… WestlawNextQR Code generators…or perhaps something that not many of us have heard of, but you find useful… like one of my favorite products, InfoNgen… or, perhaps you’ve seen something we’ve reviewed here at 3 Geeks??

Got any other suggestions?? Put ’em in the comments below, and then go fill out the application and submit it by January 31st!!

AALL New Product Award

Have you discovered any great new library products this past year?  If so, let us know! It is time to nominate these products for AALL’s New Product Award.

The New Product Award honors a new and innovative commercial legal information product that enhances or improves existing law library services and/or procedures. New products may include, but are not limited to, printed material, computer hardware and/or software, or other products or devices that aid or improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials. Any product that has been re-introduced in a new format or with substantial changes is also eligible. A new product is one that has been in the library-related marketplace for two years or less.

All AALL members are encouraged to think about the exciting new information products being used in their libraries and to send us their nominations for this award. Interested vendors may also self-nominate their new products.  Recipients of the New Product Award need not hold membership in AALL.  Nominations can be sent by mail to the address below or via email.

To Submit a Nomination for the 2011 Award
Nomination forms can be found on the CRIV website under the New Product Award tab or at http://www.aallnet.org/committee/criv/news/newproductform.pdf. The deadline for receipt of submissions is January 31, 2011.

Librarian Nominations
If you are a librarian nominating a product, please give as much information about the product as possible. The New Product Awards Subcommittee will contact the publisher of the product for any further information required.

Vendor/Publisher Nominations
If you are a vendor or publisher nominating a hardcopy product, please submit the form along with a sample product, if available. If you are nominating a Web-based or online product, please submit the form with all necessary contact information, including URL(s) and temporary login and password information.

For hardcopy products, brochures, and/or any other materials, we recommend that you send four copies for the New Product Award Subcommittee and the AALL Awards Committee.

Please send completed forms and documents to:

Michelle Cosby
Faculty Services Librarian
North Carolina Central University School of Law
640 Nelson Street
Durham, NC 27707
919.530.5241 (Office)
919.530.7926 (Fax)
mcosby@nccu.edu

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011.  

Applications are available through this link

http://www.aallnet.org/committee/criv/news/newproductform.pdf

A big shout out to everyone that voted for us over the past month.

The ABA Journal has announced the top winners in each category and we Three Geeks of Online are floored by the love and affection that you have bestowed on us.
I can’t tell you how amazing it is to see how something that started off on a whim after a whiney lunch with colleagues has turned into such a fun, rewarding and spectacular showcase for some of the brightest minds in the business.
I have nothing but admiration for my fellow Geeks.
GEEKS RULE!!!

The Geeks are always pestering me to post something here and I always weasel out of it claiming I don’t have time or that Mark Gediman can do it instead. Today, however, totally on my own accord, I am writing to ask that you support this wonderful, entertaining and, above all, informative blog by voting for it in the ABA Top Blawgs of 2010 (see story and shameless plug: https://www.geeklawblog.com/2010/12/vote-geek-3-geeks-selected-at-aba.html).

Admit it. You read their tweets and click on the blog posting links. You forward blog postings on to friends or colleagues or both. You take a five minute break with the beverage of your choice to troll the blog for the latest insights and happenings. You secretly wish you’d submitted a blurb about why Bones McCoy from Star Trek would be great in a law firm. Why not show your love by helping the Geeks get the recognition they deserve?

It’s quick and painless. Vote Geek!

“VOTE GEEK” INSTRUCTIONS:
If you have an ABA Journal online account (username/password), you can go here to login:http://www.abajournal.com/login
If you’ve forgotten your password, go here to recover it:http://www.abajournal.com/forgot_password/
If you do not have an ABA Journal online account, you can get one for free here:http://www.abajournal.com/register
After you’ve logged in, you can go here to “Vote Geek” (of course, we’re the 3rd on the list)http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100/2010/lawbiz .

I think I can speak for all 3 of us when I say, “Thanks, ABA, for recognizing we 3 Geeks and A Law Blog in its Third Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100.” And a big thanks to all of our readers, commenters and followers. Every time someone interacts with us, we each get a little tingle up our spine and it makes it all worth while. And like hungry little Pavlovian mice, we want to win your affection all over again. All I can say is that it is a pleasure to serve our readership some of our tidbits, much like a cook enjoys serving up his culinary creations. I’m not sure that we are serving anything of true nutritional value–it may only be ballpark food. But, hey, half the fun is just being in the game. Like Toby said to me today, we’ve come a long way since that lunch a year and a half ago when we were saying to each other, “I wish we could just keep talking about all this legal technology stuff all day. This is the fun stuff.” And has it been fun!

[Note from Greg: And if you love us… I mean really love us, vote for 3 Geeks as your favorite Legal Tech Blog!! Although we are soooo much more than just a ‘legal tech’ site!]