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I've Got A Penguin in My Briefs

Nov 24, 2008, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven A. Reisler)

"In 2004, after practicing law for 23 years in a mid-sized downtown Seattle law firm, I opened my own boutique law practice and I decided to make GNU/Linux the centerpiece of a completely free/open software law firm environment.

"Almost everything about the practice of law is open and public. You do not "lease" the law from any corporation and you do not acquire a license to use any federal or state statute, municipal code or administrative regulation. What the client pays for is the lawyer's knowledge about how to use a highly complicated set of frequently asynchronous laws and procedures, much like what a client pays for when hiring a programmer.

"In the Anglo-American legal system, the attorney deals with "legacy" code (otherwise known as "Common Law") built up through the accretion of judicial case decisions over time (as in centuries, on occasion) and utility "programs" for special applications like federal taxation, bankruptcy, land use, criminal prosecutions, and divorce proceedings."

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