Monthly Archives: September 2011

Finding the missing link

I promised to return to the subject of the missing link at the end of my last post when I said that:

“I will try and explain what I think he (Richard Susskind) meant and how this ties up with new legal structures, technology, LPOs and dead satellites falling to earth in my next post.”

I was a litigation lawyer for many years and with all the benefit of hindsight and from the privileged position of no longer having to earn my living by being a litigator I occasionally pause to reflect on where the litigation process and litigation lawyers are going. I worry when I see a profession that is unable to find jobs for bright graduates of the LPC. They would be of huge benefit to their chosen profession, if only they could be selected for a training contract to help them pay down the debt they incurred to get themselves through university and the professional exams now demanded of them.

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In search of the missing link

Earthquake in Indonesia: thousands die, no Britons involved

This kind of laconic if self-centered headline has always amused me. We tend to think things are important if they affect us and less so if they do not. On that basis I wonder if we should have been concerned about the recent report from NASA that preceded one of its satellites falling to earth. The agency did not know when or where the satellite would drop but in order to assuage the fears of the populace at large said that it will be somewhere between Alaska and the tip of Southern America, it would be in late September but could be in October and, doubtless, we were all pleased to learn that there was only a one in 3,200 chance of satellite parts hitting anyone.

If ever there was a piece of more useless headline information, I have yet to see it. Presumably, the inhabitants of the whole continent of America would have been taking precautions for an event that had a real chance of catastrophe. After all, a one in 3,200 chance spread amongst about 500 million people is still a 0.000006 chance that someone might suffer from a severe headache when hit by part of the stray satellite falling out of the night sky, clobbering them on their way to work.

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Roundabout ways

One of the most striking sights in Nashville, Tennessee is Alan LeQuire’s bronze statue of nine nude figures in the centre of the Music Row roundabout. Apparently the statue caused a certain amount of unease amongst the locals when it was unveiled in 2003 but it is certainly dramatic to view at night especially after making the acquaintance of too many Confederate Widows.

I should explain. Apart from a lot of walking the halls at ILTA in Nashville last month there was time for a couple of outings, one to Jimmy Kelly’s, a wonderful steak restaurant followed by drinks at what GQ magazine has described as the best bar in America, the Patterson House. While there I was persuaded to try a mixture of gin, lime, honey syrup and Pernod – a drink which goes by the extraordinary name of “Oldest Confederate Widow”.

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Blurt outed

Sarah Vine is a journalist at The Times.

She is also Mrs Michael Gove, wife of the Education Secretary.

Normally I would find it difficult to justify blogging about the wife of a politician who, as far as I am aware, has absolutely nothing to do with, and quite possibly no interest in, the world of e-discovery.

However, it so happens that The Times of September 21st published an article written by Education Editor Greg Hurst entitled “Gove intrigue over ‘official use of private e-mails’.” In his piece Mr Hurst refers to a controversy which has arisen over the Education Secretary’s relations with his civil servants, some of whom appear to have been bypassed as a result of the alleged use of private emails by the department’s special advisers and possibly also by Mr Gove himself.

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Storm clouds

Global warming and/or climate change are not the staple of this blog. That is not about to change but I have to say that what others call the extremes of climate (and we in the UK just call “the weather”) has been much in my mind recently.

I suppose it all started with what by any standards has been the almost continuously poor weather throughout what passes for summer in these islands, made all the worse by the spectacular spring when the sun shone almost unceasingly and the temperature over Easter was in the 80s, with the promise of more to come. It was around then that people started saying they feared for the harvest because of the lack of rain. As I was not trying to grow anything organic, I felt that the doomsayers ought to be careful what they wished for and sure enough once the rain and cool weather arrived no one seemed to know how to turn it off! And, surprise, surprise, the harvest has not been all that bad overall. We have just had yet another disappointing summer.

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Long distance information

If there is one thing worse than getting ready to go away, it is coming back!

All that preparation and when you get back there is so much with which to catch up, telephone calls to make and meetings to attend.

I must not complain because I have just returned from a wonderfully busy and fulfilling trip, not quite to Memphis, Tenessee but  to (nearly) nearby Nashville, via Chicago and New York for the 2011 ILTA (International Legal Technology Association) Conference.

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