Sunday, January 7, 2007

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast is a regular podcast, hosted by J. Craig Williams and Robert Ambrogi, interviewing lawyers on a variety of topics. This morning while I was watching our dog cavort at the off-leash park, I listened to their program from Jan. 4 in which they and two guests (Carolyn Elefant and Stephen L. Kaplan) reviewed predictions they'd made for 2006 and looked ahead for 2007.

Much of their discussion was about the economy and politics -- oil prices, the war in Iraq, the new Congress, presidential candidates. In technology, will Microsoft bring out a new operating system and Office suite for small and medium customers (in addition to Vista for the big outfits)? Will Apple bring out an iPhone? And, speaking of Apple, will Steve Jobs be indicted for Apple's backdating stock options?

I was interested in Carolyn Elefant's prediction that the recent spate of big firm mergers might lead to more work for small and medium firms, as the big firms are conflicted out of representing some clients.

What do you think the new year will bring?

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