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In a recent survey conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), a wide array of legal employers ranked the legal skills and professional competencies and characteristics that they believe new lawyers most need to succeed. (There is a detailed accounting of the study’s results and an explanation of the study’s role within IAALS’s broader project in the summer 2018 edition of The Bar Examiner, pp. 17-26.) The results…
In a recent survey conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), a wide array of legal employers ranked the legal skills and professional competencies and characteristics that they believe new lawyers most need to succeed. (There is a detailed accounting of the study’s results and an explanation of the study’s role within IAALS’s broader project in the summer 2018 edition of The Bar Examiner, pp. 17-26.) The results…
After recent events at the University of California – Davis, there’s been an uproar surrounding college librarians and academic freedom. The uproar was created after a librarian in the UC system used a title for her presentation that an administrator colleague thought might be offensive: “Copy cataloging gets some respect from administrators.” Inspired in part by [the librarian’s] cautionary tale, the [UC-Davis] union sought to include a provision in the new contract clarifying that…
After recent events at the University of California – Davis, there’s been an uproar surrounding college librarians and academic freedom. The uproar was created after a librarian in the UC system used a title for her presentation that an administrator colleague thought might be offensive: “Copy cataloging gets some respect from administrators.” Inspired in part by [the librarian’s] cautionary tale, the [UC-Davis] union sought to include a provision in the new contract clarifying that…
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article discussing how artificial intelligence is changing teaching (sub. req’d). The discussion centered around many of the same themes that we see when discussing artificial intelligence in law. The CHE article asks the common questions: When you’ve got artificial intelligence handling work that is normally done by a human, how does that change the role of the professor? And what is the right balance of technology and…
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article discussing how artificial intelligence is changing teaching (sub. req’d). The discussion centered around many of the same themes that we see when discussing artificial intelligence in law. The CHE article asks the common questions: When you’ve got artificial intelligence handling work that is normally done by a human, how does that change the role of the professor? And what is the right balance of technology and…
After transitioning to interim law library director in March 2018, I attended AALL’s Leadership Academy as a Leadership Fellow, was accepted to the New Directors’ pre-AALL Annual Meeting Workshop, and was selected as a university representative and Leadership Fellow in the Texas Academic Leadership Academy. 2018 has officially been the year of leadership training.  During each of these wonderful leadership-training events, the speakers all touched on transitioning from peer to manager — mostly noting that…
Context: Daniel Lewis was just in his second year at Stanford Law School when he had an idea for a different way to do legal research. His idea was to display search results visually, along a cluster map that shows the relationships among cases and their relative importance to each other. Shortly after he graduated in 2012, he and classmate Nicholas Reed had launched the legal research platform derived from his idea, Ravel Law.…
The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware.Next comes one whom they love and praise.Next comes one whom they fear.Next comes one whom they despise and defy. When you are lacking in faith,Others will be unfaithful to you. The Sage is self-effacing and scanty of words.When his task is accomplished and things have been completed, All the people say, ‘We ourselves have achieved it!’ — Lao-Tzu Over the…
In 2009, a CNN article noted that the law is “at least five years behind technology as it is developing.” In late 2016, Aviv Ovadya was one of the first people to see that there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet. A few weeks before the 2016 election, he presented his concerns to technologists in San Francisco’s Bay Area and warned of an impending crisis of misinformation in a presentation he titled “Infocalypse.” Ovadya…