I read a recent headline in the Boston Globe entitled “Behind the scenes of the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’” and thought for sure they must be talking about VP’s of Sales at technology startups. But unfortunately, no. The article refers to the increasingly important role of “data scientists”. It states “…as companies across […]

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Just before undergoing surgery that he thought he might not survive, John Conte’s friend sent a text message to Conte’s Blackberry. Like most text messages, this one only contained a few simple lines, conveying economically the thoughts of someone who at the moment clearly had a lot on their mind. Between those lines, though, there’s a fascinating slow-motion collision unwinding:  what […]

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Being a sports-savvy group of New Englanders, we Brightleaf folks pay attention to goings-on around the Red Sox clubhouse. Like most people here, we were beside ourselves in 2004, thrilled to be thrilled again in 2007, and in 2011, we felt like the “25 guys, 25 taxis” team was making a resurgence. Needless to say, […]

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I really wanted to call this post, “Oklahoma: Where the Winds of Legal Technology Change are Sweepin’ Down the Plain.”  But that would be terrible SEO.  And not particularly funny, either. The ABA Journal reported over the last week on the goings on at TechShow.  Among said goings-on was a rather direct-sounding presentation called, “The […]

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It will come as scant surprise to our throngs of loyal readers (especially to those readers who thronged to this post) that the New York Times is again covering the implosion of the law school bubble. In Monday’s Opinionator column, Stanley Fish reviews Brian Tamanaha’s new book, Failing Law Schools, (available now as a pre-order to an […]

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Now that we’re done shoveling snow, we can turn to this interesting article from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.  The theme suggested by its title, “Big Law Firms Keep Lid on Associate Bonuses,” is hardly new or suprising.  Given the overall economic climate, nobody really expected associate compensation to skyrocket.  What’s worth noting however is this little graph […]

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Online newsmagazine Slate checked in yesterday with this story about how law schools acting in their own financial interest are creating an oversupply of debt-laden grads who cannot find jobs in the legal profession.  While the article doesn’t contain much in the way of shocking new revelations, it very nicely summarizes the disconnect between how prospective J.D.’s […]

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Tuesday’s Boston Globe carried this front page story about the new University of Massachusetts School of Law. Before we dig into it, a bit of background:  for the past several years, the Massachusetts Legislature  and Board of Higher Education have waged a tumultuous battle over whether the Commonwealth’s public university system should create a public law school by […]

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Two great articles in the New York Times Business section today:  one on the vibrant tech scene in Boulder and one focusing on our friends at The Foundry Group (featuring a nice little b.leaf mention towards the end).  Boulder is a fantastic place for emerging businesses.  A “what if/why not” energy permeates the whole city.  As the Times points […]

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…the news today that Bolivian president Evo Morales planned to launch his own soft drink called “Coca-Colla” and to market it in a red-black-and-white with swooshy lettering, kind of jumped off the page at me.  With Latin American countries starting to move towards adoption of the Madrid Protocol, maybe President Morales saw this as his last best […]

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From Eric Sinrod’s Technologist blog: 58% of the general population and 86% of senior business leaders are excited about cloud computing technology, but the majority require some convincing about it’s security.  Microsoft GC Brad Smith calls for a “national conversation” on the subject to increase confidence and allay concerns. Each month, we get fewer and fewer questions […]

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