“Charging at least two librarians with insubordination, the Berkeley Public Library hired a law firm at $350 an hour to investigate, a price tag union activists called “a complete waste of money.”Library officials cited confidentiality in declining to comment on specific charges, but defended the expense of hiring an outside firm, saying it ensures an evenhanded investigation.” (via San Jose Mercury News)
“The law firm Kaye Scholer left a lot behind when it moved this month from 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan, where it had been since 1957, into new quarters at 250 West 55th Street.It left behind offices that had served giants like Milton Handler, one of whose students, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, called him a “colossus” in the realm of trade regulation; Stanley H. Fuld, a former chief judge of New York State’s highest court; and Abraham A. Ribicoff, who served Connecticut as governor and as a United States senator.It left behind the setting of the greatest drama in its 97-year history: In 1992, the partners agreed to pay a $41 million fine to settle a $275 million lawsuit by the federal government charging that the firm had improperly withheld damaging information about a failed savings association that was its client. The suit had threatened to bankrupt and ruin the firm. Kaye Scholer left something else behind: most of its law library. Shelves full of uniformly bound legal volumes — beloved of any photographer, videographer or cinematographer who needs a background that instantly proclaims “law office” — are headed to oblivion in the digital era. Kaye Scholer’s library just got there faster because of the exigencies of the move.” (via NYTimes.com)
“Thomson Reuters Elite, a leading global provider of enterprise business management systems to professional services firms, today announced Business Development Premier, a powerful new integrated platform designed to transform customer relationship management (CRM) and business development for law firms. “The legal market continues to evolve in response to the current economic climate, law firm business development priorities and demands on in-house marketing teams. There is no escaping the fact that lawyers are under more pressure to deliver than ever before,” said Eric Sugden, chief technology officer at Thomson Reuters Elite. “In creating Business Development Premier, our intention is to establish the most advanced business development platform possible and target it directly at addressing the issues so keenly felt by law firms.” (via Thomson Reuters)
STEM Legal – “Following on my last post, which looked at the uses of Facebook for law firms, I thought I’d review the uses of Twitter in the law firm context. As before, I’m going to focus less on the benefits that Twitter can deliver to individual lawyers (which I’ve covered a couple of times at Law21) than on the best ways that law firms as corporate entities can utilize this social media tool.”
AM Law Daily: – “While Womble and others are accessorizing their sites with podcasts, blogs, videos, and rss feeds, many other firms remain entrenched in the world of Web 1.0”
Maybe these firms should talk to an expert.