Welcome to “The Best of Connected,” August 2009, week 2.
Below you will see different member posts and articles from the community that I found interesting. If you like what you see, click through the link and leave your comments.
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Counsel on Litigation Management - with one of the best new discussion forums on Connected, this private group has exploded in membership and activity. Here is the group description:
The Council is a nonpartisan alliance of corporations, insurance companies, law firms and service providers committed to furthering the highest standards of litigation management. We are an inclusive and collaborative organization seeking to further the practice of Litigation Management through educational programs, fostering communication and collaboration, and providing resources to the defense industry.
You can request membership to join this private group.
Career Building (Lend a Hand) – this group is the central hub for our theme this week about career building. It includes guest blogs, special forum discussions, and document downloads. Here is the description of the group:
This group encourages members to share their career development experiences, discuss strategies, and provide each other with tips and guidance.
Also, in response to the current economic downturn, LexisNexis announced the Lend a Hand program to help attorney in transition. It offers free marketing services, networking opportunities, and employment resources to help attorneys promote their personal brand, build and leverage a trusted professional legal network, and access jobs and employment resources available through Martindale-Hubbell. Registration for the program is open through September 2009.
Professional Development – this forum is a hidden gem in Connected. It can be used to discuss topics relevant to career building, job searching, skill refinement, and more. Two recent threads deserve some attention, and I hope that anyone who clicks through will leave their feedback:
- Best Job Searching Tips – part of our career building theme is helping those in transition. Use this forum post to share your experience in securing and keeping a job.
- Work-at-Home Opportunities for Lawyers – in the current economy cost-savings is always on the brain. What better way to save costs at a law firm than allowing employees to work from home and saving on expensive office space?
Managing Outside Counsel – a forum for both in-house and out-of-house lawyers to discuss best practices with each other and find what works together.
- Taking the labor oar away from outside counsel on a task-by-task basis – this post was bound to stir up debate from the title alone, but oddly enough, only in-house counsel members have responded to it. Private Practice Lawyers can jump in the conversation on this public forum to post why more work should be given to them (any takers?).
- Survey of in-house counsel: billable hour v. fixed price agreement – another post with tons of responses from both in-house and outside counsel. Jump into this conversation to talk about the hot topic of alternative billing.
Best Member Blogs and Posts
Litigation on a Budget – in-house counsel member asks what to do when out-of-house counsel won’t accept a flat fee.
Leveraging Social Media to Support Your Job Search – this guest blog post is part of our Career Building week and answers some key questions about these tools:
How could he differentiate his accomplishments using social media? How could he use social tools to circumvent the traditional job search methods of applying for senior roles through networking instead of relying upon resume submission forms on web site or responding to job listings through online “Dear HR manager” forms.
Brazil Slashing Taxes – from the International Tax Attorney’s blog:
Brazil has implemented federal excise tax (IPI) breaks and other tax measures to aid it during the global financial crisis and stimulate the country’s growth. The IPI measures include the reduction on capital goods (machinery and equipment) and rate reductions for vehicles, home appliances, construction materials and other items.
Recent Supreme Court Decision Relaxes the Qualified Immunity Standard
If you have a § 1983 action pending in federal court, a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court allows your trial judge more flexibility and discretion in assessing whether qualified immunity is warranted. The high court recently decided Pearson v. Callahan, 129 S. Ct. 808 (Jan. 21, 2009)…
Employee Free Choice Act Compromise Gains Momentum
In its current form, the Employee Free Choice Act which has passed the House, and enjoys President Obama’s support, would require the National Labor Relations Board to certify a labor union as the employees’ exclusive representative once a majority of employees sign cards in favor of the union.
Second Circuit Holds Unauthorized Removal of UPC Labels May Be Trademark Infringement
A defendant may be held liable for trademark infringement – even though it may be selling genuine goods manufactured under the authority of the trademark owner – if those goods are sold with altered or removed UPC labels. Recently, in Zino Davidoff, SA v. CVS Corporation, No., 07-2872-cv (June 19, 2009)
Until next week, keep up the great posts …