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A Review of Summer Associate Skills

by Erik Adams Our summer associates have gone back to school, and we’re taking a few minutes to review their tenure in our law firm. Usually this involves swapping war stories about ridiculous research projects assigned by mentors, like legislative … Continue reading

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Getting Users Out Of Their Seats

by Erik Adams In law firms we have struggled for years with how to get attorneys to stop relying on books, which are expensive to acquire, store, and maintain, and start using online resources. (Which are also expensive, but at … Continue reading

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The Moribund World of Current Awareness

by Erik Adams Why hasn’t the artificial intelligence revolution come to current awareness in the legal industry? When I started at my current law firm in 2002, current awareness was in a technological transition. Publishers of daily and weekly newsletters … Continue reading

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The Bluebook and the Purpose of Citations

by Erik Adams I don’t expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few who possess the predisposition… I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare … Continue reading

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CARA: The First Year Associate’s Pocket Calculator

by Erik Adams Anyone who has watched a child learning to do math will have heard the complaint that doing it by hand shouldn’t be necessary in the age of calculators. Or, I suppose, in the age of the Calculator app, … Continue reading

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Marketing the Library Catalog as a Useful Tool

by Erik Adams When I’m not doing research instruction or providing patron services, I maintain my library’s web pages on our intranet and write software. Recently I have been updating our library catalog, which has forced me to think about … Continue reading

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“Google Think” and the New Associate

by Erik Adams In the movie “Edge of Tomorrow” Tom Cruise’s character is forced to re-live a horrible battle against space aliens over and over until he can master the timing and moves necessary to survive and win the day. … Continue reading

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