Here's what I look like. The first time I smiled like that was when I graduated from Loyola Law School. That was in 1985. I smiled again when I got the job clerking for an amazing federal trial judge. I did that for two years and then spent roughly 23 years working for a well-respected New Orleans law firm.
I loved the people there and learned a lot, but I smiled when I left. It was sad to leave, but I needed a change: I discovered technology, wanted to be more efficient, and found it was easier to do that as a solo practitioner. Along the way I started several weblogs besides this one: PDFforLawyers, PaperlessChase, and OneHourBlog (to promote my ABA book 'Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers').
Hi, my name is Ernie and I'm a serial blogger.
Actually, I have this weird idea that the practice of law is mostly an “information processing business” and I want to help lawyers find ways to deal with their daily tsunami of law-related information. Actually, I'd be happy most days just showing them how to deal with their email inbox. Start with small, realistic goals someone once told me.
In 2012 I decided to stop practicing law and work on my speaking and writing. I've traveled around the country (as far as Alaska even) to give paid talks on topics like these:
- Developing a paperless law practice
- Using PDFs to improve information handling
- Litigation Technology: Practical Professionalism
- iPads, iPhones & Mobile lawyering tools
- Persuasion with better visuals & imagery
- Social Media for lawyers (practical & ethical issues)
- Blogging for Lawyers (practical & ethical issues)
- How small firm lawyers can use technology better
- Cloud computing issues for lawyers (practical & ethical)
- Information gathering for lawyers in a Digital Ag
- Electronic Discovery: Practical & Ethical issues
- Digital note-taking for legal professionals
If you want to know more about me just google "ernie attorney" and have a click-fest. I didn't mean to take up so much of the Internet, but that's what happens when you have lots of hungry blogs and keep feeding them. But apparently, if you want people to find you easily this is a good thing.
It certainly has been for me.