Constructive Feedback for Writing and Maybe Living

Writing well requires attention to style and execution, but it also requires interaction. John Gardner’s works on writing explains his views on temperament and talent. In On Becoming A Novelist he also addresses training and education. What he says about writers workshops applies for classrooms, conferences, and more: In a bad workshop, the teacher allows or even encourages attack. … In a good workshop, the teacher establishes a general atmosphere…

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ICANN Seeks Comment on “Closed Generic” Top Level Domains

ICANN has recently opened a public comment period on the issue of “closed generic” applications under its new gTLD process.  The original application process for new gTLDs was silent on the issue of whether a trademark holder should be granted rights to run a closed registry for a generic character string that may be very significant in the marketplace e.g “.shop”, “.free”. “.store”.  Several markholders (notably Google and Amazon) have…

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ReInvent Law! How Technology and New Business Models Are Affecting Legal Practice

Anyone interested in where legal practice may beheaded should check out ReInvent Law Silicon Valley 2013 on March 8 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA (disclosure I am a speaker). The conference is devoted to law, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the legal services industry. Dan Katz gave and excellent talk at the mid-year AALS conference. He talked about how automated system, machine learning, and more are…

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(Not So) Newish Law School Teaching

How do we teach?  How should we teach? Lots of different ways.  One of the ongoing curses of legal education is the expectation – sometimes explicit, often implicit – that there is one right or best universal way to teach a law school class.  “You are a SON OF A BITCH, Kingsfield.”  I think that Hart used that line to say something slightly different, but it works for me, too.…

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