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Above the Law posted about Michelle Obama telling Oprah how great being a lawyer was how terrible document review is: …she preaches about the soul-crushing nature of document review. “I was doing document production in Washington, D.C., and I was like, ‘I can’t do this for the rest of my life. I can’t sit in a room and look at documents.’ I won’t get into what that is, but it’s deadly. Deadly. Document production.” My…
Here is a preview of the November 2018 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $291,331 verdict- Madison County breach of contract case (10/12/18); $147,745 verdict- Jackson federal court breach of insurance contract case (9/20/18); $24,012 verdict- DeSoto County underinsured motorist case (10/3/18); $20,000 verdict- Jackson County car wreck case (3/15/18); $13,000 verdict- Forrest County car wreck case (9/25/18); $500 verdict- Gulfport federal court civil rights case (9/27/18); defense verdict- Warren County medical malpractice case…
I can’t remember how much I’ve written about it here, but I’ve talked at CLE’s about my strong recommendation of using a Microsoft Surface Laptop as a work computer. Wired has a review of the latest model, the Surface Laptop 2. As far as options, if you are an attorney, you want the most expensive one. I’m quoting a professional technology consultant to law firms here. And I agree. The problem for attorneys picking…
Trying to get election results for down ballot races in Mississippi is tough. I watched WLBT’s website last night and early this morning. Now (5:20 a.m.) it’s results are down. And now back up here. Before I get into it, take all this for what it’s worth. The way results came in for local races has not bolstered confidence that the early reports will be 100% accurate. Also, I’m not trying to cover every…
The Clarion-Ledger reported that con man and thief Lamar Adams was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison: Former Madison County businessman Arthur Lamar Adams was sentenced Tuesday to 19½ years in prison for his $100 million Ponzi scheme… Investors didn’t know Adams’ business, Madison Timber Properties, was a Ponzi scheme, prosecutors said. He promised the approximately 300 investors a return of 13 percent interest… My Take: What exactly made Lamar Adams a ‘businessman’ or his…
PERS recently had a board meeting where it released its 2018 Valuation Report. The report covers the period ending June 30, 2018. The cover letter notes that since the last valuation, the PERS board increased employer contribution rates from 15.75% to 17.40%. That translates to better funding levels for PERS and more potholes for roads. Here are the key stats: active members down from 152,382 to 150,687 retirees up from 102,260 to 104,973 funding ratio…
Two recent New York Times articles touching on the subject of race in Mississippi show just how nuanced it is. On October 19, the Times published this article profiling U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate’s sentencing of a white woman in the 2011 attack on a black man in Jackson. Judge Wingate’s comments were very insightful. They included: When I was picking a jury in the James Ford Seale case — the resurrected cold case of…
With the announcement of Judge Barbour’s retirement, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District issued a new order regarding judicial case assignment. Here is the Court’s Internal Rule 1. My Take: I want to know how the random assignments are made. It will be a letdown if it involves anything other than a lotto machine and ping-pong balls. Some of this is common knowledge, like Judge Starrett getting all the Eastern Division cases.…
Here is an excellent blog post about the percentage of public pension income from investment returns. The average for all public pension plans is about 60% of income is from investment returns. That’s why the investment assumption is so important. It needs to be realistic to get a true sense of how PERS will perform in the future. And as Kingfish regularly hammers on Jackson Jambalaya, the projections for future participants in the system also…
Ernest Svenson is one of the most well known tech authorities in the legal profession. He has an excellent podcast, a blog and writes many articles on legal tech. He knows what he’s talking about. In 12 Steps to a Profitable Law Practice, Svenson explains how he gained the knowledge to become a tech authority and offers advice for tech proficiency. Many attorneys read this blog who basically delegate tech proficiency to staff.…