Web week

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

Web Week doffs its electronic cap in the direction of Struan Robertson of Pinsent Masons. He edits the firm’s tech news website Out-Law (www.out-law.com), which has been shortlisted by The New York Times for a ‘Webby Award’ – the internet equivalent of an Oscar.

David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards, said: “Out-law.com’s nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators.”

Apparently Out-Law is the first website from a non-US law firm ever to be Webby-nominated and will be leading the UK charge at the ceremony. The site will face stiff competition in the legal sector from Shearman & Sterling‘s 2008 recruiting campaign (http://us recruiting.shearman.com) as well as the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Jurist site (http://jurist.law.pitt.edu).

Come on Pinsents, win it for Her Maj.

We all want to know what the future is going to look like, but Rick Georges, a sole practitioner in Florida, already knows. He authors the blog FutureLawyer (www.futurelawyer.com), which is a sort of gadget review site for lawyers.

And some of the gadgets really are impressive. Like the Dick Tracy-style wristwatch/mobile phone. But with mobiles soon to be allowed on flights, FutureLawyer will long for a bygone age of handwritten letters.

He says: “I can’t think of much worse than being trapped on an airplane with 100 cellphone users. The only advantage is that the talkative dunce sitting next to me will be boring some other poor soul to tears.”

At least that person may have a watchphone.