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I'm at a lawyer nerd festival (a/k/a Clio Cloud Conference) I'm giving a talk about building the LawyerSlack community. A place where 500+ lawyers hang out every week to talk about legal topics and furries.
Ask me anything though.
If you're going to be part of our community, you have to have a fursona. Spill the beans. Tell me about him.
Hi Keith, first time asker, long time follower, acquitted stalker here. Why do you hate pumpkin spice so much, and thus, everything good about America?
Pumpkin Spice is a horrible affront to the senses. Furthermore it has become emblematic of "basic bitch" culture that elevates the mundane.
Or, it's a funny thing to have an opinion about because it gets people riled up.
Thanks for doing this!
How on earth does getting 500+ lawyers into close contact with each other help society?
Flip answer: lol, no.
Real answer: It's a place where lawyers support and mentor one another. People help out with research, talk over arguments, and learn about how to be a lawyer.
Also, I just told your brother to punch you in the dick when he gets back to California.
You heard the one about the Parrot yet?
Is it a real parrot or someone's fursona?
What are the social and legal issues the furry community struggles with and how did you get to be such an expert?
Yeah, I'll leave that to /u/BoozyBarrister - he's the one who has cornered the furry law niche.
> Pumpkin Spice is a horrible affront to the senses
Turns out not all lawyers are evil. Some of them are reasonable, look at that.
When did you look at LawyerSlack and think to yourself "Jesus tap dancing Christ, what have I done?"
How much programming time went into creating the UPL bot on LawyerSlack?
The UPL has become self-aware.
One of my big concerns about the legal field is accessibility of services--many people simply can't afford a lawyer, and many lawyers can't afford to lower their rates. Have you seen any new technologies at ClioCon this year that will help address that gap?
Also while y'all are in New Orleans go get a poboy from Guy's!
It's just kicking off and I haven't had a chance to fully explore yet, but one of the big themes in Clio's CEO's talk was A2J.
But really...law is just expensive. I know lots of legaltech companies provide their services pro bono. I just asked Ross Intelligence's CEO if they do and he said yes they do (he's right next to me). Outside of that, it's a tough hill to climb. But, it's a problem worth solving.
Last thought, Washington is trying its LLLT program, which might be one solution. http://www.wsba.org/licensing-and-lawyer-conduct/limited-licenses/legal-technicians
1) Best animal.
2) I hope not.
What did you eat for breakfast?
Mostly coffee. Then a whole wheat croissant, which was really weird. If I'm eating a croissant, I'm de facto not caring about being healthy.
How much time has been billed to LawyerSlack?
We did the math on this one time. People leave it open all the time. But figure an hour active per day. 500 lawyers, 5 days a week. 2500 hours x 52 weeks is 130,000 a year. We just learned that the ave billable hour for lawyers is $240 an hour. So LawyerSlack has results in roughly $31,200,000 in lost billable hours per year.
How many times have you gotten close to hitting the comically big red button that completely deletes LawyerSlack in its entirety?
And how often does that desire coincide with the daily furry talk brought on my our resident furrologist?
While not as immersed in the furry community as some people - I actually enjoy all the interactions with the furries I've had. They're cool with me.
Better investment JD or BTC?
Two part question: (1) Given that the bar exam is a test of minimum competence and that the first several years of a lawyer's practice are equivalent to a medical doctor's residency, what experience would you recommend every lawyer have by, say, five years into practice? (2) What's your fursona?
1) Become accustomed to losing. You're not going to win every motion or hearing or matter. Your ego has to be put in check. Also, you need to commit to life-time learning. Have a beginner's mind no matter how long you practice.
2) NO FURSONA
Isn't it actually more basic and conventional to hate on pumpkin spice? I mean, there's it's hardly speaking truth to yogapants when you're hating the same thing that literally just about everyone in the world is also hating on. This is virtue signaling at its worst, Keith.
I've never liked it. I'm an OG hater.
Boxers or briefs?
Boxers for daily wear. Compression shorts when I'm working out.
When are you going to institute some kind of policy in the LawyerSlack that keeps riffraff like /u/isecretlyjudgeyou out?
I keep him around for amusement if nothing else.
When will you open up registration on LawyerSlack again?
Now, go: https://www.lawyerslack.com/
What's your favorite PartyParrot emoji?
The one with the sunglasses, easy.
What's your favorite part of the Clio Cloud Conference and is there anything you're learning that's going to change you/your work going forward? You're cheating if you mention your own talk.
I'm excited about the new Legal Trends Report. I wrote about last year's extensively. It a great resource for lawyers that's never existed before. To be able to "look under the hood" at the aggregate Clio data is an amazing tool for lawyers.
That sounds awful. Any plans to head to the NY area anytime soon?
Maybe? Just need a good reason. Ask your Bar Association to have me come talk!
All. Day. Long. #cloud 4 lyfe.
It's a direct competitor to ROSS
The GORDON AI is amazing. If we could scale it, we would crush competing research platforms.
For those of us who only hear about it second hand, did you have any idea just how goddamn weird LawyerSlack would get sometimes?
No. It's a crazy place. The amount of weird shit that is in the legal industry news that is birthed from LawyerSlack is wild.
what gave you the idea of lawyerslack?
I did it as a lark honestly. It seemed like lawyers probably should have a place to "talk shop" away from public with other lawyers.
I didn't think it would grow the way it has But it's taken on a force of its own.