Jeff Seul recently joined the Boston office of Holland + Knight and started his blog techlawlife. He is a true Renaissance Soul and one of the leaders in corporate blogging policies. I have been in communication with Jeff for a few years now and have no doubt this is a blog you will want to follow. He tells his readers:
I’ll focus on IT issues, but you’ll see an occasional post about biotech. I’m particularly interested in technological innovations that address social and environmental problems, so you’ll also see posts on topics like clean tech and emerging trends in corporate law, like CSR and alternate corporate paradigms. There will be the odd post about life as a lawyer (and maybe some posts about the odd life of a lawyer). And, there will be some posts on things eudemonic, a word I recently learned from a cardboard coaster at Starbucks.
His first post portrayed the legal system in a memorable way.
One of the things I like about practicing law is that I get to participate in and influence some very interesting conversations – conversations with entrepreneurs about their ideas for changing the world; conversations with other lawyers and with policymakers about the legal and social implications of new technology; conversations with businesspeople about the right legal framework for commercializing their company’s technology or the right terms for a deal to which their technology is central. From 40,000 feet, I see the legal system as one big, ongoing conversation about how best to order public and private affairs. It’s a very disjointed conversation, to be sure. It takes place in courtrooms, conference rooms, and living rooms. (Yes, I even see litigants’ monologues in courtroom and the written opinions judges produce as part of this conversation, as I explain at length elsewhere.) Parts of this conversation occur in plain language and parts are overly coded; sometimes the tone is civil and sometimes it’s shrill. (It doesn’t have to be overly coded or shrill.) It’s a conversation about norms – what they are or should be, how to apply them, whether they are being observed, and, if not, what can and should be done.
He will keep us thinking and informed. I am looking forward to following this new blog and send Jeff a warm welcome.