July 4, 2011
Can you get CLE credit for blogging?
It depends. From the always great Lawyerist blog:
Most of the 45 state that have a mandatory continuing legal education requirement for lawyers award credit for published legal works.
At least 35 states specifically lay out the qualifications for awarding writing credit. Each state has its own unique set of regulations which I’ll broadly summarize and juxtapose a blogging platform as publisher.
The articles content boils down to two broad requirements—that it contribute to the continuing legal education of the author and is addressed to attorneys.
The daily review and research of current materials and information necessary to compose on-point, meaningful blog posts certainly contributes to the author’s education as it does to the lawyers that consume the content.
Many states require that the articles be published in law reviews, professional journals or an ABA publication. And books or chapters of books. Some consider non-published works
A few mention electronic or “other legal sources”. Like blogging platforms? What about posts on ABA published blogs?
Nevada has a unique provision that articles published in a legal magazine must have a regular distribution to at least 200 attorneys. Online legal magazines (or blogs) reach thousands!
Length of post
Some states specifically require up to 2,000-3,000 words in length. Some get specific, like Vermont which grants 2.5 hours for 1000 published words and five hours for 3000 published words.
Though the trend in today’s quick paced world is for micro-everything including blog posts, most lawyers, given the opportunity will gladly comply with a verbose requirement. Some bloggers even now, eschew the popular short, frequent posts in favor of longer, substantive pieces.
Is there typically a limit on how much your blogging (or other writing) can count toward your yearly CLE requirement? Click here to find out.
Sales of e-readers double while tablet sales slow
From The Pew Internet Project:
The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010. E-readers, such as a Kindle or Nook, are portable devices designed to allow readers to download and read books and periodicals. This is the first time since the Pew Internet Project began measuring e-reader use in April 2009 that ownership of this device has reached double digits among U.S. adults.
Tablet computers—portable devices similar to e-readers but designed for more interactive web functions—have not seen the same level of growth in recent months. In May 2011, 8% of adults report owning a tablet computer such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom. This is roughly the same percentage of adults who reported owning this kind of device in January 2011 (7%), and represents just a 3 percentage-point increase in ownership since November 2010. Prior to that, tablet ownership had been climbing relatively quickly.
Among lawyers, BlackBerry loosing favor to Android and iPhone
From Law Technology News:
As many folks have opined, BlackBerry seems to be dying -- no matter what its parent company, Research in Motion, attempts to do to turn things around, nothing works. The BlackBerry Storm smartphone, a spectacular failure. The PlayBook tablet (which we have written about here), played out. Beyond the numbers, the dwindling market share, the bad press, what has caused the company to falter? There have been some interesting takes in recent weeks and months.
The decline in BlackBerry's fortunes is reflected in results from the 2011 In-House Tech Survey from Corporate Counsel: While very much still a part of legal departments -- 89 percent supply the device -- those numbers will likely change in upcoming years, if BlackBerry continues to dwindle. In fact, Alan Cohen, in his story about the survey, notes that "other options are gaining on it, a full third of respondents supply iPhones, another 9 percent offer Android-based handsets."
Cohen expects that this shift will continue, because lawyers and others are simply more excited about other smartphone offerings -- the BlackBerry devices lack the verve of Google-powered Android or Apple-powered iPhone smartphones. Cohen added this, from one of the survey respondents: "his company was getting rid of BlackBerrys en masse because of problems integrating them with the web-based e-mail it was switching to." The lawyer went on to predict that his law firm would probably drop all BlackBerrys by the end of the year.
You can read the rest here.
It's the 4th of July
This holiday's music treat comes to us from Dave Alvin. Enjoy!
Dedicated to Doreen.
July 4: Other Historical Events
In our country's history, July 4th has become a special day not just for the birth of the nation,but for other later events, often designed to take place on July 4. Here are some listed by Wikipedia:
July 3, 2011
Plagiarizing Woody Guthrie?
“On an annual basis, we know more money is stolen at the nip of a pen than the barrel of a gun,” Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton said Tuesday.
The assistant prosecutor was speaking of his admirable efforts to stop mortgage fraud. Please compare this verse from Woody Guthrie’s “The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd, a Depression era outlaw in Oklahoma with the reputation of being a Robin Hood:
“As through this world I’ve traveled, I’ve met a lot of funny men.
Some rob you with a six gun, and some with a fountain pen.”
I’m sure the assistant prosecutor unintentionally pulled Woody’s thought out of his subconscious or arrived at the thought independently. Here is another verse from the same song:
As through the world you wander, as through this world you roam,
You’ll never see an outlaw drive a family from its home.