As I mentioned in my post on litigation knowledge management systems, continual improvement is critical. For me, this consists in part of checking several authors, blogs, and websites at least once a week for ideas to incorporate into my developing litigaiton checklist. I make it a point to check both "legal" and "non-legal" resources--as a general rule, people outside the litigation world have a much more advanced grasp of trends and innovations, and their ideas and observations are often directly applicable to litigation theory. Here are some of the links I check regularly:
- Carolyn Elefant: Her "My Shingle" blog focuses on trends and ideas for solo attorneys, but the problems and innovations she discusses are relevant to anyone thinking about the future of litigation.
- Evan Schaeffer: His "Trial Practice Tips" blog is one of the finest best practices resources on the web, with a constant stream of best practices for litigators.
- Paul Luvera: His "Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips" blog is another great source of best practices.
- Matt Homann: His "The [Non]Billable Hour" blog is a great source for big-picture thinking about innovation and the practice of law.
- John Robb (Global Guerrillas): cutting edge thinking on innovation and trends from another former Air Force officer. He focuses on insurgency and military strategy, but these themes are surprisingly applicable to litigation.
- Dave Pollard: a former knowledge manager for a major accounting firm, he now focuses on community building and sustainability issues, but his writings are always informative.
- Kevin Kelly: editor of Wired magazine, and an excellent source of the latest trends and innovations in our increasingly networked world.
- P2P Foundaiton: the best collection of news and writings on developments in peer-to-peer theory, a topic that I think has a great deal to teach litigation management.
- John Michael Greer: many attorneys might be uncomfortable reading the writings of an archdruid. Don't be. Greer's weekly posts are some of the most insightful and informative on the themes of civilization, complexity, and the future of industrial society--all topics of interest to anyone considering the future of litigaiton.