Showing posts with label Blawg 100. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blawg 100. Show all posts

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dewey B Strategic Honored as Top Legal Research/Writing Blog By ABA Journal

Thanks to everyone who voted for Dewey B Strategic in the recent  ABA Blawg 100 poll.     It is a special honor given the quality of the other nominated blogs. It has been a wonderful experience to be part of the lively "fraternity" of legal bloggers.

The winners were announced in the January issue  of ABA Journal. Congratulations to the  other winners in each category. as well as  all the members of the Blawg 100.



Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Holiday "Mash up" From Dewey B Strategic

Back in May I spoke on a panel with Sara Glassmeyer, at the Canadian Law Library Association meeting in Montreal. Then in December we were paired up again as ABA Magazine Blawg 100 nominees. Being a co-panelist on a program called "Thriving on Chaos: The Future of l Law Libraries" with the queen of the Punk librarians made me feel well.... old. I brought checklists and charts and I hope some useful insights. Sara brought down the house when she illustrated the challenge to reforming  legal education as combining elements of :" The Hindenburg" "The Titanic" and a "herd of cats."

At the time, our pairing reminded me of a "mash up" of Bing Crosby,  1930s crooner and David Bowie 1970s glam rocker on a holiday special.  So here is to mash ups, Punk librarians and Holiday Cheer!



Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and A Wonderful New Year to All!












Sunday, December 1, 2013

ABA Journal Names Dewey B Strategic to the "Blawg 100" for Second Year in A Row

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Vote Here
Last week Dewey B Strategic was named one of the ABA Journals "Blawg 100" for 2013. The "Blawg 100" are designated by the editors of the ABA Journal as the  100 best blogs for the legal audience each year.  Readers can now vote for the best blawg in 13 categories.  Click here if you would like to vote for Dewey B Strategic as the best blawg in the "Legal Research/ Writing" category.Go to http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100 to register and vote. Voting ends at close of business on Dec. 20, 2013

Congratulations to colleagues Sarah Glassmeyer (SarahGlassmeyer(Dot)com), Greg Lambert (3 Geeks and a Law Blog), Bruce MacEwen, (Adam Smith Esq.) and Jordan Furlong ( Law21) who were also named to the  7th Annual  "Blawg 100."

 The ABA Journal is asking readers to weigh in and vote on their favorites in each of the 7th Annual Blawg 100's 13 categories. Go to http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100 to register and vote. Voting ends at close of business on Dec. 20, 2013.

Press Release:
November 25,2013. Dewey B Strategic  was chosen as one of the ABA Journal's Blawg 100.- Editors of the ABA Journal announced today they have selected Dewey B Strategic as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience.In addition, the magazine has added 10 more bloggers to its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame, featuring the very best law blogs, known for their untiring ability to craft high-quality, engaging posts sometimes on a daily basis.

Now that the editors have made their picks, the ABA Journal is asking readers to weigh in and vote on their favorites in each of the 7th Annual Blawg 100's 13 categories. Go to http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100 to register and vote. Voting ends at close of business on Dec. 20, 2013.

Dewey B Strategic is authored by Jean O'Grady. "In our 7th year selecting the Blawg 100, we recognize that it takes more than luck to make it onto our list. Bloggers with the creativity to attract readers to their blogs and keep them engaged continue to be a pleasure to celebrate each year," said ABA Journal Editor and Publisher Allen Pusey. "Congratulations to this year's 100 honorees and the 10 who were inducted into our Blawg 100 Hall of Fame."

About the ABA Journal:
The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation's 1.1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. ABAJournal.com features breaking legal news updated as it happens by staff reporters throughout every business day, a directory of more than 3,600 lawyer blogs, and the full contents of the magazine.

About the ABA:
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Has Legal Process Outsouricng Peaked?: New ALM Study Reports Waning GC Interest

This week ALM Legal Intelligence released : Diving In… Or Baby Steps – Legal Process Outsourcing in Corporate Legal Departments.

The survey which was conducted in the Summer of 2013 surveyed corporate legal departments regarding their views on legal outsourcing.. The survey defined outsourcing as sending work to a non-law firm entity either in the US or abroad. They also included work outsourced by the outside counsel on behalf of the client. The survey suggests that legal process outsourcing may not be on the explosive growth trajectory that has been  repeatedly predicted. The report cites a Datamonitor study which had predicted that legal outsourcing revenue would grow from $400M in 2010 to $2.4 billion in 2012. In fact the 2012 revenues were 1.1 billion. The slower growth is corroborated by the ALM study. LPO represents a small percentage of all legal spending. The majority 64% spend less than 10% of their budget on LPO. GC’s don’t seem to be interested in expanding their use of LPOs. 68%  of GC believe that the savings will not be worth the trouble.The study also implies that law firms are not all that threatened by LPOs since they are encouraging and facilitating the use of LPOs  by clients, for work that they apparently have no interest in taking on themselves.

Here are some of the key findings


  • The main motivations for outsourcing are cost savings and to improve speed of delivery not to improve quality
  • Only 21% of GCs outsource in order to improve quality.
  • More than 48% cited lack of quality or lack of familiarly with clients business as an obstacle to outsourcing.
  • 45% of GCs said they were encouraged to outsource by their outside counsel.
  • In house counsel didn’t cite LPO as the most important way to rein in costs. ( Bringing more work in-house was the top strategy).
  • The cost savings derived from outsourcing are shrinking ( rising labor costs)
  • 90%  of responding GC’s  who had not yet outsourced didn’t have any interest in trying outsourcing in the next 3 years.
  • One third of the respondents indicated the more than half of the outsourced work was work that was previously sent to law firms.
  • Document review and ediscovery are the most common functions outsourced
  • Most work is outsourced in the US not abroad.( 65%)
  • For every dollar spent on outsourcing law firms lost fifty cents.
  • Law firms have decided on their own that they don’t want to perform certain kinds of repetitive work and are encouraging clients to outsource certain work.

The Tidal Wave That Wasn’t
The most surprising "take-away" from reading  this study is the evidence that legal process outsourcing may not be the growth industry which  legal management consultants have been predicting.  GC’s  report that their interest in LPC is waining not growing because perceived disincentives are expanding.. Security and quality concerns are slowing and possibly reversing the growth . Many GC appear to believe that outsourcing is simply not worth the effort and the complications won't justify the cost. For GCs who want to cut costs, the LPO option is way down the list of priorities.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dewey B Strategic Chosen as One of the ABA Journal's Blawg 100


Press Release: Washington DC, November 26, 2012 - Editors of the ABA Journal announced today they have selected Dewey B Strategic as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience.

Congratulations to all the  honorees  and a special nod to colleagues: Greg Lambert, 3 Geeks and a Law, Jordan Furlong, Law21, and Kevin O'Keefe, Real Lawyers have Blogs.

Register and Vote Here. Now that the editors have made their picks, the ABA Journal is asking readers to weigh in and vote on their favorites in each of the 6th Annual Blawg 100's 15 categories. . Voting ends at close of business on Dec. 21, 2012.

In addition, the magazine has introduced the inaugural Blawg 100 Hall of Fame, featuring 10 of the very best law blogs, known for crafting high-quality, engaging posts day in and day out.

"Each year, our choices become tougher. Blogging has become such a staple of professional communication that keeping up with our own directory of more than 3,500 blogs by lawyers, judges, law professors or even law students is more formidable than it's ever been," said ABA Journal Editor and Publisher Allen Pusey. "Some of them have become such permanent, even required, fixtures in our everyday reading that we're introducing the ABA Journal Blawg 100 Hall of Fame to recognize those blogs and bloggers that have set the standards for this vast, vibrant network for legal news and commentary."

About the ABA Journal: The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation's 1.1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. ABAJournal.com features breaking legal news updated as it happens by staff reporters throughout every business day, a directory of more than 3,500 lawyer blogs, and the full contents of the magazine.

About the ABA::With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary
professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Nominations for the ABA Journal "Blawg 100" Due September 7th.

The ABA Journal is seeking nominations for the 2012 "Blawg 100" which recognizes the best legal blogs.

"Friend-of-the-blawg" briefs are due no later than Friday Sept. 7, 2012.

If you would like to nominate Dewey B Strategic or any other favorite law related  blogs, fill out the form at this link


About Blawg 100 Amici From ABA Journal Editor:

There is no specific criteria that a blawgger can meet to be guaranteed a spot on the Blawg 100. And we think our list would suffer if there were. A blawg’s whole can be greater than the sum of its parts, and a blawg that never fails to post that daily update, has a beautiful design and an unwavering topical focus can very often have less of an impact than another blawg that is less consistent on all fronts.

That said, please keep these criteria in mind when submitting Blawg 100 amici:


That said, please keep these criteria in mind when submitting Blawg 100 amici:

• We're primarily interested in blawgs in which the author is recognizable as someone working in a legal field or studying law in the vast majority of his or her posts.

• The blawg should be written with an audience of legal professionals or law students—rather than potential clients or potential law students—in mind.

• The majority of the blawg’s content should be unique to the blawg and not cross-posted or cut and pasted from other publications.

• We are not interested in blawgs that more or less exist to promote the author’s products and services.