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Thursday afternoon marks the end of LegalTech New York 2008, and also of Legal Blog Watch's special coverage of the show. We'll be back to our regularly-scheduled programming Friday, but there's one more LegalTech blogger we need to highlight before we go. Law Department Management's Rees Morrison has been covering the events at the Hilton, and picked up on a few interesting (non-swag related) sights on the show floor.
-- Google was there. The search giant was showing off its Postini software for pre-filtering e-mails, and Rees talked with them about using it in knowledge management efforts. Google acquired Postini last September, and Google's Patent search has been available for some time now. The search giant has done pretty well with its book project, if not without controversy. How long will it be before they get into the legal research space?
-- LegalTech is international. Rees spoke with a Brazilian matter management software company called Tedesco Tecnologia, which has law department clients in 32 countries, he says. We spoke with Glyn Williams, CEO of New Zealand-based Onstream Systems, who told us some of his biggest clients are in Brussels, using legal redaction software in European Union proceedings. It's not enough for vendors to think about clients the next state over anymore. Legal work is global, and its technology must be too.
That's it from LTNY 2008! If you made it to the show, we hope you survived. If you didn't, there's always LegalTech West Coast, coming up June 26-27 in Los Angeles.
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"EDD uncertainty looms over LegalTech," writes Law.com technology editor Sean Doherty.
It's no surprise that e-discovery continued to be front and center at
LegalTech New York again this year. This persistent emphasis stems from
the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which
bring uncertainty and unpredictability to e-discovery outcomes for
corporations and law firms alike.
These same issues have been around since 2006 and before, but Legal Blog Watch's Bob Ambrogi explains in this videocast, "there's a lot of energy around e-discovery, and a lot of refinement of what's going on in e-discovery." Why now? It takes time for new rules to sink in, but well-publicized incidents like the Qualcomm debacle have made a real impact, as has the cost involved. Corporations have decided they don't want to pay inflated prices for their outside counsel to hire temp attorneys for e-discovery work. "'It's a profit opportunity for many firms," Robert Bjornsti, vice
president at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, told a packed
audience at LegalTech New York,' reports Karen Donovan on Portfolio.com.
The AXA executive's speech preached a "new paradigm" for using
outside counsel, which he delicately suggested will "affect law firm
profitability." Bjornsti told the crowd he wants to be free to hire smaller, cheaper
law firms from, say, Peoria, Illinois, rather than be tied to the
"marquee" firms in big cities. Marquee firms have the "scale" required
for complicated discovery processes, that feature comes at an
increasingly unpalatable price: as much as $1,200 an hour for senior
partners. Bringing discovery in house opens the door to hiring less-expensive
litigators, he said. At any rate, corporations are usually better
equipped to handle massive amounts of data than law firms, because
corporate IT departments "bigger than the entire law firm, very often,"
It's a point not lost on IT teams. InformationWeek's Information Management Blog visited LegalTech, and came back with this lesson: "If your IT department isn’t pals with legal, now’s the time to strike up a friendship." The goal is to help avoid legal headaches down the line, but the relationship can be a "friendship with benefits," IW says. "The money for e-discovery hardware and software
often comes from legal budgets. And the policy and processes that
define an e-discovery system can form the groundwork of an information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy—resulting in further efficiencies in storage management."
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LexisNexis conducted a survey at
LegalTech Wednesday on the adoption of Web 2.0 capabilities in
the legal market. While 74% of respondents read blogs, the results show, only 10% have their own blog. Only 17% of the respondents' firms have a blog, though it isn't clear from the results how many might once have had a blog, but gave it up. LN's Sami Hero says the results "reflect well last year's ABA Tech Survey and demonstrates a hesitation to "jump in.'"
The good news is that six out of ten
respondents belong to a professional or social network and nearly 70%
are considering adding online video to their firm's marketing mix. So,
some Web 2.0 capabilities seem to be catching on. Video has proven to
be a great tool to help in search engine optimization as well as
providing clients and prospects a different insight into law firms and
Anecdotally, I have recently noticed more lawyers popping up on the business social-networking site LinkedIn, to say nothing of the Facebook generation of new lawyers. Carving out enough time each day to create a worthwhile blog or an interesting video is just too much to ask of some busy lawyers. But it doesn't take much time to create a profile and connect with your law firm or client contacts on LinkedIn, et al. Just make sure you read that click-through agreement carefully.
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Jim Eidelman was blogging on legal technology before there were blogs. As Ross Kodner points out,
[Jim] is one of the true
pioneers in the field of legal technology. With his firm, Eidelman Associates,
based originally in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jim was one of the first legal
tech writers I remember reading while in law school in the early 80’s
(along with fellow pioneers, Rick Rogers, Al Moses, David Vandagriff,
Phil Shuey, the late and much-missed Jim Keane
We caught up with the paper-based pioneer at the bloggers' breakfast Wednesday morning. He tells us he's mulling a return to regular writing, this time in blog form. He's still got the right domain for it: Lawtech.com, a site he's left untended for years. A daily dose of Jim's historical perspective in the sometimes short-sighted tech world could be a great thing. And a bit of blogging might help boost his business cache in the process.
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Jill Windwer, the ALM vice president in charge of Law.com, did a great job organizing a breakfast get-together for legal bloggers attending LegalTech.
Carolyn Elefant of My Shingle and Legal Blog Watch, Monica Bay of The Common Scold and Eric Turkewitz of New York Personal Injury Law Blog.
Jeff Beard of Law Tech Guru Blog and Brett Burney of Burney Consultants.
Rees Morrison of Law Department Management, ALM Editorial Director Aric Press and Arnie Herz of Legal Sanity.
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The ability to remain anonymous is one of blogging's most attractive features, especially in the legal world where loose lips can sink client relationships. Whether that anonymity is a good thing or not is debatable. But one thing is certain: The more popular the blog, the tougher it is for an author to conceal his or her identity -- especially when there's a bounty on your head.
It's also tough when the anonymous blogger wants to interact with his peers in the real world. Blawg Review editor "Ed Post" managed to keep his name a secret, if not his face, when he showed up at LegalTech New York's blogger breakfast Wednesday morning. But somehow it was tough for Post's fellow bloggers to unmask him online. Camera malfunction or cabal? It's hard to say when the man behind the camera is responsible for one of the most popular blawg reviews yet.
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One of the other great pastimes at LegalTech New York, or most any good trade show, is picking up vendor swag. I haven't paid for a new pen in years, thanks to them. And of course, the more intense the competition, the more ridiculous the level of swag-itude. The perpetual competition between LexisNexis and West has spawned its own mini-wave of YouTube videos spoofing their free gift battle.
But just like that other contest taking place right now on a national stage, the quest for the King (or Queen) of LegalTech Swag goes on. On the one hand, there's Cambridge Computer with their remote-controlled helicopters (seriously!). That buzzing sound you hear isn't one of them, it's the stampede up to the Cambridge booth to grab one before they're gone. On the other, Fios has a "One Laptop Per Child" giveaway. The gimmick manages to combine both technology and a good cause. Mary Mack of Fios gives the details:
It's a Hello Kitty inspired, indestructible, open source laptop
with wireless via radio for 2 mile connectivity, an ebook reader, a
music maker, a collaborative word processor, RSS reader, browser,
webcam, mic.... Originally spec'd to cost $100 each, the laptop rolled
in at a whopping $200 each.
There's still one day of the show left. Are there any other contenders out there? How do LegalTech goodies stack up compared to other shows?
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Buying, testing and talking new technology is only half the fun of LegalTech, as most regulars can attest. The other half is networking, which comes in many forms. Monica Bay gives some practical advice in this West videocast. But there's still plenty of time to swap business cards off the show floor using one of our favorite technologies, "B-discovery." As in bar discovery. Mark Reichenbach gives us the lowdown on B-discovery, alongside a few notes on rude New Yorkers, while Chris Dale discovers LegalTech (and a pint of Guinness) can make a Brit feel right at home in the Big Apple.
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After a brief departure, we're right back on the EDD bandwagon. LTN's newest editor, Katie Montgomery, reports from this morning's seminar, “Authenticating
Digital Evidence,” presented by Neil Aresty and Jason Velasco, both of Merrill
Legal Solutions; Michael Arkfeld, of Arkfeld and Associates; Paul W.
Grimm, Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court in Maryland;
George Paul, a partner at Lewis & Roca in Phoenix and chair of the firm's E-Discovery and Data Management Group; and Leslie Wharton
of Arnold & Porter.
Because digital data (and its metadata) can be tampered with,
providing reasonable proof that a document can be authenticated rests
on more traditional witnesses and circumstances as well as with the IT
experts (Paul Grimm has written a book
on it). Leslie Wharton noted that "the threshold for establishing
authenticity is very low"--a witness noting that they recall sending or
receiving an email is often sufficient. Still, you don't want to get
caught out when it's crucial that you be able to make your case, so
don't discount metadata as an important way to support the veracity of
Of course, you've still got to make sure no one has messed with your metadata.
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Ross Ipsa Loquitor's Ross Kodner is tired of e-discovery-all-the-time, and he's not alone.
It’s probably not particularly hip to say this, but I’m really tired of
all the emphasis on the ED topic - all ED, all the time. It just sucks
the oxygen out of so many other important legal technology topics. Many
lawyers just don’t deal with it (maybe they should, but in mainstream
legal America, especially in smaller firms who still do represent the
largest base of legal population, it’s just not in the center of
people’s radar screens).
In spite of his choice of acronym for electronic discovery (there's a reason we throw in that otherwise superfluous "D" for data to make it "EDD"), Kodner makes a good point: There are other topics in legal technology that are just as important -- or more so -- for most lawyers. So what got Ross most excited at the show yesterday? "Of all companies, it was Microsoft."
I sat in on a Microsoft session entitled, “SharePoint 2007 for Service Delivery and Handshake Software’s DM Director.” Now, I’m as intrigued by the SharePoint
concept as the next legal techie. I know it’s probably important, but
not entirely sure of exactly what it is, does, who would want it, etc.
Well, I’m no longer in the dark and I’m ready to drink the SharePoint
Kool-Aid from the nearest fire-hose. What I saw in that 45 minutes this
afternoon was nothing short of a freaking complete revolution in the
way law practices can be electronically managed. Pardon the hyperbole,
but I really mean it. Gad.
Kodner's buzz-phrase for 2008: “intrasocial networking.” He has seen the future, "powered by very clever people at Microsoft" -- a company once known for being utterly clueless about the legal market. Who knew?
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Law.com technology editor Sean Doherty has his first report online now. It's no surprise, but e-discovery took center stage.
EDD consultant and former Mayer Brown counsel Thomas Allman (left) kicked off the show
discussing rule-making and best practices in e-discovery. EDD
is "exploding in direct proportion to the amount of electronically
stored information available in litigation -- and is being fueled by
the tremendous growth of e-mail as a business record," Doherty writes. The buzzwords for 2008 are already in: "collaboration" and "proportionality.'" Doherty also managed to get onto the show floor to meet with EDD vendors, and even a few non-EDD tech companies (they are in fact out there).
Make sure to check EDD Update, Law Technology News and Information Governance Engagement Area for the latest news on the flood of new product announcements, legal tech company mergers and show reports coming out of the Hilton.
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Recorded Tuesday at LegalTech New York, the "E-Discovery '08, Bright Lights, Big Discoveries" podcast features Law Technology News editor (and LegalTech diva) Monica Bay chatting with "Ball in Your Court" e-discovery columnist Craig Ball on this year's key trends in litigation.
They discuss the challenges that face law firms and law departments "as they deal with new federal EDD rules; demands for cost containment from their clients; and the perils of international disputes." Special guest Henry Dicker, ALM's VP of sales and head honcho for LegalTech, brainstorms with Monica and Craig about "how attendees can avoid getting overwhelmed -- and take full advantage of the educational programs and vendor demonstations during LegalTech New York and Los Angeles."
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The first day of LegalTech New York is winding down, culminating in tonight's Law Technology News Awards. Stay tuned for a recap of the event. Until then, here's a list of early reports from the show floor, mainly from vendor-bloggers:
-- Martindale-Hubbell's Sami Hero ponders the use of social-networking tools to help zero-in on your most relevant contacts among the hordes on the trade show floor. -- Thomson West offers a peek behind the stripes.-- Consultant Rob Robinson collects the latest LegalTech press releases his Information Governance Engagement Area (which is only slightly less-Orwellian-looking than it sounds).-- MetaLincs' Mark Reichenbach
relishes the chance to see LegalTech from the vendor-side for the first time:
This is the first year I’m not breezing through the exhibition hall
trying hard to hide my badge from vendors interested in seeing where I
work and how much buying power or decision-making authority I possess.Now I’m on the other side. But don’t worry, I’m not going to be
looking at your badge. In fact, this year at New York LegalTech
I’ll probably have the most fun I’ve ever had at one of these
shows…well, maybe excluding that CaseCentral party many years ago.
-- Meanwhile, FutureLawyer finds the one new tech gadget all show-goers could use tonight.
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Goodwin Procter real estate attorney/knowledge management guru Doug Cornelius over at KM Space reports on several LegalTech panels this morning:
Legal Technology Best Practices:The panel ranged from electronic discovery to KM. But Weil, Gotshal & Manges CIO Ian Miller found time to pooh-pooh "the idea of digital dictation and automated fax
delivery," Cornelius says. "He thinks they are dinosaurs. Dictation is fading away and
faxes are fading away as a way to deliver. He would prefer that someone
scan the document and email it." He's not the only one trying to get rid of law firm faxes. Creating Efficiency and Productivity in Law Firms Today: XMLAW and SharePoint:Former Goodwin Procter development team leader Rob Saccone opens his xmLaw product demo with a helpful calculation. Cornelius reports, "There is a dollar value to not finding information. It easy to apply a
number of lost hours and amplify it by the number of attorneys and
their billing rate to create a huge value number to the amount of time
it takes to find the information they need. His approach is put
a layer on top of your underlying systems. This gives a more consistent
user interface and more consistent way of finding the information they
need. For it to be effective it needs to be embedded in their regular
way of working."
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Apple doubled the capacity of the iPhone (from 8GB to 16GB) and the iPod Touch (from 16GB to 32GB) today for an additional $100, just in time for LegalTech browsers to squeeze a few out of the tech budget. CNET has the news:
The new iPhone and iPod Touch appear to be unchanged from their previous incarnations, though they ship with the new software unveiled at Macworld, which provides the ability to edit the home screen and triangulate your position using Maps.
The release of that software really changed the iPod Touch into a new
type of device, Joswiak said, and Apple is now playing up the iPod
Touch as a "Wi-Fi mobile device," as opposed to a high-end iPod. "It
becomes even more promising, once we enter the world of the SDK," he said, referring to the expected release of the software developer's kit for the iPhone and iPod Touch in late February.
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LTN's Claire Duffett reports from this morning's LegalTech panel, "Actionable E-Discovery: Finding the Right Balance of In-House and Outsourced Resources."
The cautionary tale: Qualcomm paid more than $8 million in fines for engaging in misconduct and concealment when it failed to preserve 46,000 e-mails in its review process during Qualcomm Inc. vs. Broadcom Corp.
"My risk aversion advice: Don't do that," joked Tom Hall, managing attorney for discovery and litigation technology at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Because they failed to properly question Qualcomm's productions, 14 attorneys defended their negligence before the bar. Hall discussed how law firms can prevent disaster by understanding and monitoring clients' technology infrastructure and preservation processes and by questioning their actions with rationed skepticism.
Inside counsel, whose employers bear the financial responsibility of sanctions, must follow four steps to avoid another Qualcomm, Miller said: Follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, keep outside counsel in the loop and engage vendors where technology and expertise lapses exist.
But the FRCP rules provide guidelines, not a moral compass. It's up to firms and counsel to work together, during mandated meet-and-confer and elsewhere, to find the best protocols and technology to ensure good faith.
The approximately 300 attendees in the room grappled with determining how this is done. A snap poll about which step in the e-discovery process most concerns the panel attendees analysis and preservation issues still keep lawyers awake at night:
- Processing review and analysis: 43 percent- Preservation and collection: 33 percent- Information management: 13 percent- Identification: 8 percent- Production: 3 percent- Presentation: 1 percent
Hall joined attorney Marie Lona, partner and chair the of e-discovery and electronic information practice group at Winston & Strawn; Mikki Tomlinson, litigation support manager for Chesapeake Energy Corp.; and moderator Kelli Brooks, principal of forensic technology services at KPMG. Also on the panel was Lucie Miller, legal associate and e-discovery consultant for Eli Lilly and Co., a company facing its own e-problems this week.
According to this story on Portflio.com today, "When the New York Times broke the story last week that Eli Lilly & Co.
was in confidential settlement talks with the government, angry calls
flew behind the scenes as the drug giant's executives accused federal
officials of leaking the information.
As the company's lawyers began turning over rocks closer to home, however, they discovered what could be called A Nightmare on Email Street, a
pharmaceutical consultant told Portfolio.com. One of its outside
lawyers at Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton had mistakenly emailed
confidential information on the talks to Times reporter Alex Berenson instead of Bradford Berenson, her co-counsel at Sidley Austin.
the negotiations over alleged marketing improprieties reaching a
mind-boggling sum of $1 billion, Eli Lilly had every reason to want to
keep the talks under wraps. It was paying the two fancy law firms a
small fortune to negotiate deftly and quietly.
Maybe turning off your e-mail's "auto-fill" feature should top your EDD checklist.
LexisNexis' Marc Osborn checks in to let us know that Martindale-Hubbell has launched The Official Blog of Martindale-Hubbell. Sami Hero will be blogging from LegalTech New York.
Says Osborn: "As [MH] continues to transform itself from its traditional model into a new, online and interactive model, blogging is clearly something they need to do...to communicate and to listen. I think you will see that we are not shy about addressing issues, "opening the kimono" about what is happening at MH, providing tips and soliciting feedback."
From EDD Update, here.
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Craig Ball (of LTN's "Ball in Your Court" fame) and Clifford Chance's Tony DeCerce couldn't resist a test drive of Apple Inc.'s new MacBook Air.
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ALM (Legal Blog Watch's parent company) and Courtroom View Network, a legal video news organization, today announced the launch of CourtroomLive, a new service bringing exclusive live and on-demand video coverage of newsworthy and precedent-setting legal proceedings direct to professionals' desktops. Designed to serve the needs of litigators, law firms, in-house counsel, law schools, financial analysts and others in the financial and securities industry, the site provides access to live, streaming trial video; on-demand video clips of trial highlights; and customized video services.
Detailed information and a free demo of services are available here.
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Thomson West offers its LegalTech blog here as well as a special podcast, featuring The Wall Street Journal's legal correspondent, Ashby Jones; Legal Blog Watch's own co-moderator Robert J. Ambrogi; and Law Technology News editor and author of The Common Scold blog, Monica Bay, here.
Posted at 09:37 AM in LegalTech New York 2008 | Permalink
If you have ever been to the press room at a major conference, you know that many a tree gave its life to make it happen. Press rooms are normally stacked with news releases, media kits, product brochures and other manifestations of dead trees. LegalTech this year is doing the press room the green way. It has teamed up with Edge Legal Marketing to create The Edge Room, a virtual press room:
We understand the importance of having an easy way for editors and vendors to communicate and The Edge Room enables exhibitors to easily upload their company information and show announcements, and give the media attending the event secured and easy access to view this information and plan out who they want to visit or meet with at the event.
A large number of vendors are participating, offering news releases, company backgrounders, white papers and other documents. Most companies also list the names and contact info for their press contacts. Green is good, but I'm also happy to have that much less paper to tote home.
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Law Technology News held vendor briefing sessions Monday, as LegalTech New York preparations went into high gear. Here's a mini "Facebook" so you can say hi to our team!
Katie Montgomery, our new associate editor!
News editor Claire Duffett (with Gayle O'Connor) -- who is in her last hurrah with LTN before moving to The American Lawyer next week.
Safia Maharaj, our administrative assistant!
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Former N.Y. governor Mario Cuomo was the speaker at a jam-packed reception Monday night at New York City's Rainbow Room, sponsored by Fios Inc. His address primarily focused on the current politics of the presidential election, but he did raise several points that were very relevant to our legal tech community, no matter what side of the aisle you prefer.
Cuomo says there must be a partnership between the private and public sectors if we are going to remain competitive in the international arena -- esp. re: technology. He used an example of how the government and NY universities worked together to develop advancements in mammography. Creativity and flexibility to create partnerships, especially in educational ventures, is crucial, he argued.
Earlier in the day, Fios also sponsored a Technology Council Summit.
Photos by Russ Curtis. Click to enlarge.
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It's that time of year again: LegalTech New York 2008. The New York Hilton is chock-a-block full of booths, vendors, consultants, technologists, speakers, journalists, bloggers, and... oh yeah, lawyers. Today through Thursday the Legal Blog Watch, in partnership with Law Technology News, is going all-LegalTech, all the time. We'll be liveblogging the 27th annual event with reports from the show floor and around the blawgosphere as we suss out the latest trends in legal technology, and decide what to do with another conference bag full of glowing pens, yo-yos, stress balls, and pith helmets.
Are you in New York at the show? Are you stuck in the office digging through boxes of documents while your colleagues shop for EDD software all day and party all night? Send us your LegalTech news, gossip and analysis here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monday was set-up day at LegalTech New York, and the fun was just beginning!
Here are some photos by Russ Curtis (click to enlarge) of the gang from Attenex, Interwoven, Cisco, ARMA and Thomson.
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Syngence Corp., which offers e-discovery and content analytics products, has launched SynthetixND, its near-duplicate detection and management software, available through service bureaus and for use by law firms and corporate legal departments as a licensed application.
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LegalTech '08 opens tomorrow at the Hilton Hotel in NYC, so there's less than 24 hours to get ready.
If you're a blogger who's planning on attending, and interested in blogging about the conference, be sure to visit Monica Bay's post at the Common Scold for all of the information (including details about WiFi availability in the comment section). Also be sure to send us your LegalTech-related posts at email@example.com.
If you're planning on evaluating technology or making a purchase from a TechShow vendor, you might want to take a copy of Software Licensing Blog Sam Conforti's 31 points to consider before signing a contract with an onshore or offshore IT provider.
So whether you're arriving by train via Grand Central, like Blawg Review Editor, or taking the $25 dollar bus like me, I hope that you'll reach the conference safely and introduce yourself to us at Legal Blog Watch if you have a chance.
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