Welcome to Blawg Review #130 South - probably the very first edition of Blawg Review produced at opposite ends of the Earth, and definitely the first from Middle Earth.
Co authored by attorney mediators Diane Levin of Online Guide to Mediation in Boston and Geoff Sharp of mediator blah... blah... in New Zealand, Blawg Review #130 South is posted at 12.01am on Monday 15 October in New Zealand, the first place on the planet to see the new day.
Then in17 hours time, and still at the same time of 12.01am on Monday 15 October, Blawg Review #130 North will be posted from Boston.
This edition picks up the best of this weeks posts in the Southern Hemisphere and Diane Levin's Boston edition will cover the Northern Hemisphere. Because 17 hours is an eon in the blogosphere, we expect to pick up late breaking blawg posts from anywhere in the Boston edition.
Blawg Review #130 has an ADR bias as we salute Conflict Resolution Day but it will also mark the best of the week's blawgs and Blog Action Day - all happening this week;
1. Mediation posts in recognition of Conflict Resolution Day Conflict Resolution Day is an international celebration held annually on the third Thursday in October. Conflict Resolution Day 2007 is later this week on October 18.
You can go here for a list of events for Conflict Resolution Day 2007 in places like Canada, France, Portugal and USA.
2. From the Southern Alps of NZ across the Tasman to the vast outback of Australia, then on to the open veldt of South Africa, the sun finally rises over the vast pampas lands of South America.... comesthe best of this week's blawg posts from below the equator;
Primarily aimed at Australasian lawyers, InsideoutLegal carries content from across the websites of leading New Zealand and Australian firms and in many cases automatically posts new articles, videos etc appearing on these sites.
Grab a feed for this wonderful clearing house for outside-2-inside counsel.
>Laws 179: Elephants and the law by Dean Knight of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law at Wellington's Victoria University examines the elephantine concept of fairness in the law.
>Occasionally updated CyberLaw is a joint venture of InternetNZ and Victoria University and its latest post Update on WHOIS looks at the 60-person WHOIS Working Group empaneled by ICANN.
>And I'll mention Dan Hull's What About Clients?™ in this edition because it has been spotted many times south of the equator with its truly international outlook on legal life - exhibited in this week's contributions to the global debate over the billable hour and climate change.
It is clear from The Billable Hour: The Way of the Happy Rich Dinosaur that Dan's clients like hourly rates. So he likes them. The hour, those excruciating 10 by 6 minute units that have been the undoing of so many good lawyers, works as a model for him to deliver "high-end services for high-end clients in a 'muscle boutique' setting" - I love that elevator pitch!
Fitting right in with our north/south theme, Collis Ta'eed, an Australian blogger from FreelanceSwitch, is a cofounder of Blog Action Day.
On October 15th his aim is to have bloggers around the web unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment.
Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. The aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future. At the time of writing there around 14,000 blogs participating reaching an audience of over 12 million.
Geoff Sharp is a Commercial Mediator from Wellington, New Zealand. Geoff works in the Asia Pacific region, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and Pacific Islands. He is a mediator resolving business problems. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and mediates complex and hotly debated litigation covering a wide range of subject matter from insurance disputes to historic sexual abuse claims.
Geoff is author of the award winning blog mediator blah...blah... a mediation blog experiment in reflective practice and the Mediation vBlog Project, a kind of mediation genome project by video blog.