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You know, if we had "likes," it would give the millenial prosecutors something to click on while they bump down the hallways playing with their phones...
 
Posts: 2127 | Location: McKinney, Texas, USA | Registered: February 15, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I think there's a saying about people in glass courthouses shouldn't throw stones, Mr. Phone Addict. Wink
 
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The forum is invaluable! Let's keep it!


Dan LaBruyere
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Posts: 9 | Location: Hays County | Registered: May 11, 2017Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Some numbers to consider.

Days since original post: 64
Responses: 22
Unique users who responded: 16
Average number of historical posts per user who responded: 1,400
Median number of historical posts among users who responded: 742

This is math by lawyer, so consider accordingly. But the numbers seem to support that this forum is little used, and used primarily by a core following.
 
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That's pretty good figurin' for a lahw-yer. (And consistent with the official monthly figures we get.)
 
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I agree that this forum is no doubt used by a core following, but the discussions had on the forum are later had in our respective offices and benefit those offices on the whole, even if it appears that only a mere handful of individuals are actually using the forum.

As someone that started out in a very small office, I can further tell you that this forum allowed me access to the ideas and opinions of many experienced prosecutors, which isn't something I would have had otherwise. Is this necessary for the prosecutors in counties like Harris and Dallas? Probably not - those counties have entire armies of lawyers with experience who can advise and steer newer prosecutors. But for the guy fresh out of law school seeking justice in a small county with few mentors, this forum is a valuable tool that helps ensure equal access to competent prosecution for the citizens of this State - regardless of what county those citizens happen to find themselves in.

I'm lucky now to find myself in a county where there are many fantastic prosecutors with tons of great experience to draw upon and if I encounter a novel situation, chances are, there's someone here who has already dealt with it and knows how to proceed. However, there are a lot of prosecutors throughout the State that aren't similarly situated. This forum is the most effective tool that prosecutors like that have for getting the answers to questions that Westlaw or the CCP don't contain.


Dan LaBruyere
Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Hays County
 
Posts: 9 | Location: Hays County | Registered: May 11, 2017Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Wow, I can't even express how important these forums were for me when I was a first time felony prosecutor with one assistant and very little experience.

I still lurk about once a month.

video game companies have up to date forums with all sorts of features which still bring in lots of the youngin's to participate and chat.

Look at Discord as an example of a functioning but modern forum.

Also, Gearbox runs a great one for their line of video games.

All very modern, have apps to access, etc. (which brings the younger users to participate.)
 
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Eh, meant "one other assistant DA" in the office.
 
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