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    The contract attorney overtime case against Skadden, Arps / Tower Legal has a new twist

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    12 February 2014 – A big hat tip to Posse List member Matthew Green who has been following the Skadden/Tower Legal overtime suit. Matthew popped us a note and said:

    A very interesting twist in the overtime case filed against Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates and Tower Legal Solutions. The named lead plaintiff contract attorney applied to Tower Legal for a new gig, prompting the staffing firm’s lawyers to allege that his description of his duties on the project at issue is inconsistent with his claim that he did not have the responsibilities of a lawyer. But the judge appears impatient with efforts by Read the rest

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The contract attorney overtime case against Skadden, Arps / Tower Legal has a new twist

Ben Hur (2)

 

 

12 February 2014 – A big hat tip to Posse List member Matthew Green who has been following the Skadden/Tower Legal overtime suit. Matthew popped us a note and said:

A very interesting twist in the overtime case filed against Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates and Tower Legal Solutions. The named lead plaintiff contract attorney applied to Tower Legal for a new gig, prompting the staffing firm’s lawyers to allege that his description of his duties on the project at issue is inconsistent with his claim that he did not have the responsibilities of a lawyer. But the judge appears impatient with efforts by Read the rest

In NYC starting tomorrow, LegalTech. If you are a contract attorney in the area, here is why you need to go. Plus tech guides for EVERYBODY.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

For contract attorneys, the legal industry is as equal a threat as Voldemort was to Harry Potter

3 February 2014 - LegalTech NYC starts tomorrow and runs for 3-days. It’s at the New York Hilton. It is the largest legal technology trade show/event of the year. It’s the place for hands-on practical information on all sorts of technology. For more information, click here. Until end of the day today, you can get a free pass that gives you access to the Exhibit Hall, the Keynote Speeches, the Plenary Sessions, the Super Sessions, some training preview, and the Emerging Technology Sessions. It’s all you need to see/do. You’ll see a … Read the rest

A world of seamless and immediate language translation gets closer

Language machine translation

 

25 January 2014 - “Literature is the opposite of data” wrote novelist Stephen Marche in the Los Angeles Times Review of Books last year. He cited his favorite line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

“Light thickens, and the crows make wing to the rooky wood.”

Marche went on to ask, “What is the difference between a crow and a rook? Nothing. What does it mean that light thickens? Who knows?” Although the words work, they make no sense as pure data, according to Marche.

But there are many who would disagree with him. With the rise of digital technologies, the paramount role of human intuition and interpretation in humanistic knowledge is

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Watson as a service: IBM preps artificial intelligence in the cloud, and e-discovery asks “can we have a bite?”

By:  Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.   Founder/CEO

19 November 2013 – The biggest news last week was probably the IBM announcement that it was offering Watson’s machine-learning system in the cloud, thereby expanding artificial intelligence’s (AI) frontiers and also monetizing the work as it happens.  More importantly, IBM’s Watson announcement is significant, not necessarily because of the sophistication of the Watson technology, but because of IBM’s ability to successfully market the Watson concept.   I have just finished the new book Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Systems by Steve Hamm (IBM Communications Strategist) and John Kelly (IBM Research Director) so the announcement was very well timed.

 

Watson … Read the rest

Blind ads on Craigs List : should you send in your resume?

 

 

25 October 2013 - In the past two weeks we have been swamped by Posse List members who have asked “should I submit my resume to a Craigs List ad when the employer is unknown?”

We have been emailing members individually so we thought at this point we’d send our thoughts to the list.

Obviously The Posse List is not the only entity posting contract jobs. We have 227 staffing agencies, law firms, corporations, government entities and NGOs posting jobs with us. And many times they also post the same job on Craigs List, Indeed.com, LinkedIn, Yahoo Jobs, etc., etc.

And there are a lot of agencies who … Read the rest

Is a blended document review rate of $466 per hour … um … excessive?

 

23 September 2013 - We have done a fair amount of reporting on the In re Citigroup Inc. Securities Litigation, a shareholder lawsuit against Citigroup which involved a lot of guns and fire over contract attorneys, a move by a shareholder to challenging the firm’s fees as excessive.

Kirby McInerney, a New York-based plaintiffs’ firm, represented shareholders who in 2007 brought a class action in Manhattan federal court accusing Citigroup of hiding tens of billions of dollars in toxic mortgage assets. Citigroup agreed last year to settle the lawsuit for $590 million.

The agreement resolved claims for massive losses after the bank failed to take timely write-downs on … Read the rest

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES!! Airlines’ Antitrust Lawyers: “We’re Litigating, Period”

 15 August 2013-  Ummm … not to put too fine a point on it but where was the DOJ when Continental Airlines announced the merger between Continental and United Airlines in 2010? So now the government is putting its foot down on rising airfares and fees by blocking the latest airline merger?  For fliers, it’s already too late.

The timing is cool, though.  On Tuesday we attended a briefing held by McKinsey on the merger and we got a nice “history of the U.S. airline industry and antitrust” in a nutshell. The American-US Airways merger would create the world’s biggest airline and help propel American out of bankruptcy court … Read the rest

A new website makes it easier to compare law-school jobs data

 

24 July 2013 – A new website aims to make it easier for would-be law students to research how graduates of different law schools are faring in the jobs market. The website is called Law Jobs: By the Numbers and you can access it by clicking here.

It allows students to search and compare law schools’ employment rates using preset or personalized formulas, according to a review by Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites (click here).

Searches can be based on formulas used by groups such as Law School Transparency or U.S. News & World Report, or based on a user’s tailor-made search for, say, full-time, JD advantage … Read the rest

18-year low for law grad employment according to NALP [with VIDEO]

 

21 June 2013 – Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia interviewed NALP’s Executive Director James Leipold about NALP’s recently released annual report on the job market for law school graduates. See NALP’s fairly detailed selected findings press release at Law School Class of 2012 Finds More Jobs, Starting Salaries Rise— But Large Class Size Hurts Overall Employment Rate.

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The Project Counsel Group listservs: some metrics and demographics

 

20 June 2013We  hit of a bit of a milestone this past week: 70,000+ subscribers. And that’s across all of our listservs world-wide. Every day we receive requests from subscribers and vendors to provide information about our listservs demographic profile. The following is an overview. This information will be updated over time as we incorporate more details and update subscriber numbers.

The Posse List is a member of The Project Counsel Group (“the Group”).  The Group maintains a wide range of information listservs and job listservs besides those of The Posse List but all information listservs and job liservs for all members of our Group are managed … Read the rest