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Staying Relevant

August 29, 2011
Evidence: fieldnotes

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In “Where’s the Proof?” , Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice addresses the disturbing trend among U.S. law schools in no longer making Evidence courses a compulsory part of the law school curriculum. Greenfield posits,

Is this really the limited understanding that new lawyers have of their profession? Can they possible think so small and grasp so little?

The teaching of evidence in law school is not in anticipation of someone being a litigator. Granted, it is absolutely required for a litigator, and especially for a trial lawyer, but that’s not where it ends. Knowledge and understanding of evidence is a core competency for every niche (read that clearly, every niche) in the practice of law. Yes, M&A. Even real estate closings and wills. Multinational contracts. You name it, you still need to know evidence. Why? Because every aspect of law entails a potential of dispute leading to litigation. Any lawyer who doesn’t comprehend evidence cannot competently perform his function.

If nothing else, the concepts of relevance and materiality are basic to thinking like a lawyer. If you don’t get them, you can’t think. You can’t reason. You can’t understand things the way a lawyer must.

The Canadian law school experience is disturbingly similar. (more…)

Greg George of GTI Advisors on "Afraid of the Cloud? Ask the Right Questions"

February 12, 2010
Greg George  , Managing Partner of GTI Advisors  (Twitter: @gtiadvisors) has written an insightful and thought-provoking blog post entitled “Afraid of the Cloud? Ask the Right Questions”. Greg exposes the lack of scientific rigour and real IT expertise when observing the recent “bandwagon effect” of promoting “Cloud Computing” without considering the significant security issues for businesses and law firms. As Greg notes:

I’ve been receiving more and more inquiries from my social media circles and from clients regarding various security risks associated with using Software as a Service (SaaS): the Cloud, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the current status of things.

There has been a remarkable increase in self proclaimed social media everything experts on Twitter.

Many of these people have also added ‘tech’ expert to their bio and are pumping companies and professional services firms to use the “Cloud.” 

The problem: most I’ve seen appear to have little or no training or experience whatsoever in computer sciences, network systems or security, yet they have somehow magically become experts within months – and have been offering “opinions” on SaaS in posts and articles they’ve written.

What’s worse, others have been ‘blindly’ listening to, RTing, and endorsing their recommendations, absent of qualifying parameters or guidance that should also be provided.

 Read the rest of Greg’s blog post here.

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