Peer to Peer Magazine

Summer 15

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PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGA ZINE OF ILTA 42 BEST PRACTICES FEATURES To everyone's surprise, Kirk's lawyer showed up with a heavy load of dusty tomes. At one point, Kirk chastises his lawyer who retorts, "This is where the law is," (i.e., the books) "not in that homogenized, pasteurized synthesizer" (i.e., the computer). It was a dramatic moment, but I remember thinking that makes no sense. The books and the computer have the same stuff in them; one is just easier to carry and way cooler. Even then, I suspected that anything that makes your job easier is preferred. When I started working, this became clearer as every job I had included aspects that were necessary, but not particularly engaging. Years later, I became a lawyer only to find that much of my time was spent on tasks that had little to do with the law. After practicing for a decade — and likely remembering that Star Trek episode — I moved into knowledge management to focus on finding better ways to practice law. As a child, I saw an episode of the original Star Trek television series that might have steered my future. As I recall it, Captain Kirk was on trial for an egregious offense that could crush his career.

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