From the Interwebs: sleep, NASCAR tweeter, lawyers in school

by Brian Rogers on March 2, 2012

in From the Interwebs

Here are some recent tidbits from the web.

Lawyers need more sleep. The ABA Journal reported on a study sponsored by the Sleep’s mattress chain that found that lawyers are the second most sleep-deprived workers. We average seven hours of sleep a night. Loggers are the most sleep deprived and they get seven hours and 20 minutes of sleep a night. I think the real story here isn’t that lawyers sleep less than others, but that we all need more sleep.

Fast tweeting. The NASCAR season kicked off Monday night after the sport’s biggest race of the year, the Daytona 500, was postponed a day due to rain. Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a safety vehicle, which exploded (it was carrying 200 gallons of jet fuel), delaying the race for a couple of hours. In an impressive display of multi-tasking, fellow driver Brad Keselowski pulled out his smart phone, snapped a picture of the fire, and started tweeting while he was sitting in his car on the track. His tweets went viral, and he more than doubled his following during the delay. See this Mashable article for a full report.

Not so anonymous. 25 alleged members of the Anonymous hacking group were arrested in several countries after an Interpol investigation. The Washington Post’s piece on the story has a great picture of the mask often used as the symbol of Anonymous with a post-it note attached. The note says “anonimity is dead.” Clever, even though it features original spelling.

Is someone actually teaching lawyers how to practice law? Apparently some law firms and clients have had it with the notion that newly-minted lawyers, whose law school education almost certainly included very little instruction on how to actually practice law, should teach themselves how to be lawyers. The New York Times reported that Philadelphia law firm Dinker Biddle & Reath is putting its new lawyers through a four-month instructional regimen. Bravo.

Barking up trees. It’s always fun when bloggers I follow get into a debate. Ken Adams and Bill Carleton recently exchanged blog posts about open-sourcing contracts. Bill posted Hey Ken Adams: I’m Barking Up This Other Tree Over Here in response to Ken’s post “Free” At All Cost? — A Response to Bill Carleton, which was a response to Bill’s post Outing Startup Legal Docs. Interesting posts and worth a read, all of them.

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