Thanks for the memories.
I always enjoyed reading Burgess Allison’s Technology Update (TU) column and considered him a mentor. His column ran for 17 years (1983-2000).
It was Burgess who recruited me to be a columnist for Law Practice magazine (then called Law Practice Management magazine) at a time when the magazine had only had one columnist: him. And I don’t think I’m putting words in his mouth when I say that Burgess viewed my nothing.but.net column as the successor to his Technology Update. He even picked the name! Nobody can live up to Burgess Allison’s legacy, but I enjoyed the challenge.
But everything has a beginning, middle, and end. Today, after a 13-year run, I am announcing the end of my ABA nothing.but.net column. The column started when most people had not heard of the Internet. Now most people have heard of the Internet. And there are plenty of other tech writers to fill in the gaps. I enjoyed writing the column and will keep writing. Just not this column in this publication.
Thanks for the memories.
- Top 10 ABA Articles By @ErikJHeels
I’ve been writing for the American Bar Association since 1994. These are my top 10 favorites articles.
- Paid Content = Invisible Content
The more you hide your content, the less relevant it becomes.
- Illegal Feeds And Betting Against The Internet
The clue train has left the station, and most publishers aren’t on board.
- Steal This Article: Epilogue
A technology evangelist’s work is never done.
- Steal This Article: It May Be My Last
Organizations large and small – including the ABA – need to evolve on the ever-changing Internet.
- A Smattering Of Things That I’ve Learned In Life
This article explains, in a way that a resume cannot, what life experiences I have had and how these experiences have contributed to the unique perspective that I bring to everything that I do.
- News: ABA Journal: Risking Failure
Erik J. Heels is featured in the November 2003 ABA Journal in an article about lawyers as risk-takers.
- Book Review: Law Law Law on the Internet: The Best Legal Web Sites and More: By Erik J. Heels and Rickard P. Klau
‘Law Law Law’ book debuts at the ABA’s TechShow in Chicago.
- Publications: The Legal List
From 1992 to 1995, I published seven editions of my book ‘The Legal List’ in print and on the Internet. This is the complete collection.
- Ease-of-Copying In The Digital Age – Turning A Negative Into A Positive
Rather than worrying about ease-of-copying, owners of copyrighted works should use it to their advantage.
- Why Lawyers Should Get On The Internet
Legal research on – and legal issues raised by – the Internet.
Erik J. Heels is not a new media guru. Neither are you. On Twitter he is @ErikJHeels.
17 Replies to “* ABA nothing.but.net Column Ends 13-Year Run”
So do I hear the wheels turning on expanding your internet presence and taking this to the next level?
I’m sure the are other vehicles that can use and need your expertise on what you have to offer.
I know your readers benefited tremendously, as did the ABA; I hope you did as well. And if at all possible, stay on the scene so that those of us who enjoy reading your pieces and interacting with you can continue the conversation.
Erik, I graduated from law school in 1994 and you were a rock star in my eyes for your thoughts on the impact of technology on our profession. You still are. The ABA has lost a tremendous asset, but thank goodness for this blog and Twitter – your voice will continue to be heard.
I’ve read, enjoyed, and learned from just about every one of your columns, and am disappointed to hear that they will no longer be found in their usual location. You should do the unexpected and find a way to resurface — if not in the magazine, maybe in the e-zine. Or the ABA Journal. Or a publication of the Science/Tech section. We need you!
Your column was main reason many read the magazine.
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I’m truly sorry to hear of this, Erik, especially knowing how much of your heart you put into these articles, as you do all your endeavors, paid or otherwise.
And you know how very much I enjoyed working with you and Rick over the years on book projects and related things; I could always count on you for thought-provoking, cutting-edge content. And, damn, you guys made me laugh! Some of my favorite ABA memories were of hanging with you. Not only did I always come away smiling, but I always learned something new.
So thanks, Erik, for all you’ve contributed. I’ll miss your column to be sure, but as long you’ve got other vehicles to share your musings, rest assured you’ll always have folks keeping up with what you have to say.