EMPLOYER TRACKING OF EMPLOYEE DATA

Can your employer monitor your browsing history and other personal data of yours? The simple answer is—yes. And such employer tracking is becoming much more widespread in the era of Covid-19 remote work arrangements, with a plethora of tools available for use by your employer. We will examine how far your employer can go with […]

THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS AND CONTRACT PERFORMANCE

‘A Contract is a promise or set of promises, for the breach of which the law gives a remedy, or the performance of which the law in some way recognizes as a duty.’ – Restatement (Second) of Contracts §71 (1981) From backed-up ships waiting at the U.S.’s two largest container shipping ports in California, to […]

HIPAA COMPLIANCE – BALANCING PRIVACY, PROTECTION, AND PORTABILITY

We all expect that our personal health information will be kept strictly confidential, right? However, there is a difference between confidentiality and privacy. But what is it?   In today’s technologically advanced health care system, your medical information is likely ‘shared’ by no less than a minimum of 20 different information handlers, f rom doctors […]

WITHER THE BILLABLE HOUR? DETERMINING THE VALUE IN VALUE BILLING

Ever heard of Reginald Heber Smith? Perhaps not by name, but indeed by legacy. He is the lawyer who came up with the notion of The Billable Hour and the practice of law has never been the same…until now. Recently, both multi-lawyer firms and solo practitioners have begun to weigh the value of hourly billing […]

BURNING  THE MIDNIGHT OIL – AND BURNING OUT THE ASSOCIATE

Boredom, poor work-life balance, and assignment to terrible cases that they do not enjoy are some of the common complaints voiced by mid-level associates when asked to comment on burnout in the workplace. So why do they stay? The pay is excellent. Today, law  firms are re-examining the value of a system that greatly rewards […]

VIRTUAL eDISCOVERY – BEST PRACTICES FOR THE PROJECT MANAGER

From construction to fashion design, to computer science, and biotechnology, virtually every industry needs a Project Manager, with only a few being adaptable to a virtual environment. In the field of eDiscovery, project management requires not only a grasp of universal project management skills but also a specialized competency in discerning documents falling under rules […]

MUSIC STREAMING – LISTENING, LICENSING, AND LEGALITIES

From Spotify to SoundCloud, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more, there are numerous music streaming services to choose from, and today’s music lovers will be hardpressed to be found without a favorite tune. However, finding oneself without melodious monetization can be an all-too-common ref rain for the creative artist and digital distributor. Recent […]

OVER-SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS – TOO MUCH SPACE ON THE MARKET

Ships backed up at ports, store shelves poorly stocked, and in general, various shortages of what businesses need to function, which have not been seen in decades, except for office space. Sometimes, there can be ‘too much of a good thing’, with law firms experiencing this phenomenon as they wonder how long everybody will be […]

CRYPTOCURRENCY AS COUNSELOR COMPENSATION

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Tether… the market for cryptocurrencies just keeps getting bigger. After determining that you could buy your Starbucks Coffee, Dallas Mavericks tickets, or Whole Foods veggies with the coins, you may have thought, ‘why not accept legal fees from clients via cryptocurrency?’ If so, you are not alone, and in fact, some states […]

THE DISAPPEARING EQUITY PARTNERSHIP OFFER

Thinking of making a lateral move to a new firm? The ‘Three Ps’ may no longer be what they used to be.While Prestige, Partnership, and Pay are still attractions offered by law firms, ‘Partner’ no longer means what it once did, and along with that change comes a possible diminution in Prestige and Pay. The […]