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Teaching law students to blog : Interview of Law Professor Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein

law school student bloggingI had the good fortune to meet Silvia Hodges Silverstein via blogging and social media, first, and then in person earlier this year at ReInvent Law in New York City. Dr. Hodges Silverstein (@SilviaHodges) researches, publishes, teaches, and speaks on topics related to corporate procurement of legal services, as well as law firm management and … Continue Reading

Every law student is on law review

law review blog social mediaLaw students writing on blogs and other social media are contributing valuable legal writing. “Turn on your computer, write a blog post – and you’re an author,” says Andrea Lunsford, Stanford University’s Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor, Emerita. The co-author of the digital-age writing guide Everyone’s an Author, told Angela Beccerra Viderergar (@abecegar) of the Stanford … Continue Reading

Martindale, a Nolo Company

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 4.36.50 PMMartindale-Hubbell is now a Nolo [Press] company, or so it appears. Internet Brands acquired Nolo Press and Martindale-Hubbell and is now branding Martindale-Hubbell as Martindale, a Nolo Company. The companies appear to be combined per the below description, though Nolo, a primarily self help law site is still up. Martindale Nolo offers a full suite … Continue Reading

Law firms should empower lawyers to market themselves and build personal brands

resslerlogo1Lawyers harnessing the power of social media to build their personal brands often butt heads with law firm leaders and marketing professionals looking to grow the firm’s brand. Many law firms would rather hold on to tradition and routine so as not to ruffle feathers than to empower and support young rainmakers looking to use … Continue Reading

Ghost law blogging is unethical : Nearing a consensus

Ghostwritting Ghost written law blogsSorry lazy lawyers and marketing professionals selling ghostwritten blog posts. Lawyers and many other professionals are coming close to a consensus that ghost-blogging is unethical. The most recent discussion took place on Facebook and Twitter this week. Until now it was like talking religion or politics with the flak I received when expressing my belief … Continue Reading

Will we see the death of traditional media for law firm influence?

Media institutions law firmsPolitico’s media blogger, Dylan Byers (@dylanbyers), is predicting the death of the Sunday morning news shows that for decades have set the tone in American politics. The public affairs shows — “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation” and “This Week” — used to set the agenda for the nation’s capital with their news-making interviews and … Continue Reading

Attorney-client matching websites : Are they innovative?

legal matching sitesWith the influx of capital into the legal industry, we’re seeing a number of lawyer-client matching sites. The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Smith referencing Priori Legal, LegalReach, and UpCounsel reports on the potential of online matchmaking services that promise to connect clients with lawyers. Small-business owners used to find lawyers largely by word-of-mouth. But that’s … Continue Reading

Why we lawyers blog

20140302-210542.jpgFrom software developer and blog pioneer Dave Winer (@davewiner) this morning on “Why Blog?” The mission of blogging is to empower all of us to go directly to each other with our expertise. So if you know something as well as anyone else, or you learn something or know something that should be shared, then … Continue Reading

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

nostalgia lawyersThat from legal management consultant, Tim Corcoran (@tcorcoran), in his piece today that law firms need to compete or perish in today’s competitive market. The most common lament I hear in my consulting work with law firms and law departments alike is that this inexorable shift from law as a profession to a business is troubling. … Continue Reading

Are law firms buying bogus likes and followers from click farms?

It’s very possible. The AP’s Martha Mendoza (@mendozamartha) reports: Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore “click farms,” where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers. And the money involved is … Continue Reading

Could law firms out-publish traditional legal publishers?

Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas), a well respected social media strategist, believes that one of the top social media trends for 2014 is brands out-publishing traditional publishers. Social media has given us the power, platforms and world reaching networks to all become publishers. Innovative and creative brands and businesses are realizing that social media and content publishing … Continue Reading
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