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Looking Backward and Forward, Personal (and Local) Reflections on the Evolution of Workplace Training

Mike, in his monthly column in The Federal Lawyer, reflects on the evolution of preventive workplace training during the last two decades, and his personal involvement with it. “What was even more impressive was that, in one year, the number of sexual harassment complaints filed at her company had dropped from 37 to six. This had to be more than chance.” Article ©2011-2012 Mike Tonsing Several years ago, I was associated with the country’s largest law firm, Littler Mendelson in San Francisco, which was — and continues to be — exclusively engaged in the representation of management in labor and employment law. In 1998, I induced that firm’s most visionary leader, Garry Mathiason, whom I humbly acknowledge as one of my mentors, to write a cover story for an issue of The Federal Lawyer. That rather long article was, not surprisingly, visionary too. It was entitled “The Emerging Law of …Continue reading…

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 5:14 pm and filed under Employment Law, Legal Library.
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What Would It Be Like If There Were a “PC Genome Project” Out There, Mapping Problems and Sharing Solutions? Well, There Almost Is.

Mike, in his monthly column in The Federal Lawyer, comments on a program, called Soluto, which is taking on the daunting task of mapping all PC computer glitches while running in the background, creating opportunities to solve common problems by seeing “big picture” patterns and solutions. “Soluto is nothing short of genius, and the program holds out the stupefying prospect of revolutionizing the personal computer in a way that few others have envisioned or attempted. In this way, it certainly is a program that deserves to be watched.” Article ©2011-2012 Mike Tonsing One of my favorite leisure time “go to” places on the Internet is Pandora™. Pandora is based in the town where I live, Oakland, Calif., but that is beside the point. The point is, the site is very entertaining. Pandora bills itself as the “Music Genome Project” and, indeed, it is. Six days into the new millennium, a …Continue reading…

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 5:13 pm and filed under Legal Library.
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A Cyberian Legend Remembered

Mike, in his monthly column in The Federal Lawyer, suggests that we recall a legendary woman in the history of technology, Navy Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper – on the 20th anniversary of her death. She was, among other things, a coiner of phrases, having for example first used the word “bug” to describe a defect in a computer program, and was even a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. A young David — introducing her — quipped, “Our first guest has credits that are far too impressive for any guest on this program.” This month’s column celebrates the life of a Cyberian woman who died nearly 20 years ago, a few years before this column’s inception. Though not a lawyer, her Cyberian service to the U.S. government is the stuff of legends. If you don’t know her story, you should. According to one of her biographers, she …Continue reading…

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 4:27 pm and filed under Business Law, Law and Technology.
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