LexBlog is honored to have Thomson Reuters co-hosting a Beer for Bloggers (and others) with us on Tuesday evening at ILTACON in Washington D.C.

I started Beer for Bloggers thirteen years ago as a way to meet a few bloggers when I was traveling. I also wanted to get a little publicity for LexBlog – which hardly anyone had heard of. Heck not that many had heard of a blog, let alone could figure out what a legal professional would do with one.

On the way out of town, I’d find an Irish Bar in my destination city on Google (not sure Yelp was around). I’d post on my blog that I’d be in the bar from 5:30 to 7:00 and would pick up the tab for beers for anyone who showed. There was no Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, my blog was the only way word got out.

Subscribers to my blog spread the word in their town and people showed. We had a lot of fun – and LexBlog’s name grew, probably faster than if I traveled to conferences as an exhibitor.

A couple years ago, Gretchen DeSutter, team lead in media relations for Thomson Reuters, appproached me at a Beer for Bloggers in Chicago (co-hosted by the ABA Journal) about her desire to sponsor one of my “Beer for Bloggers.”

I was thrown off a bit. One, because I had been critical of FindLaw and WestLaw over the years here on my blog and knew that made me no friends in Eagan. Second,  it sounded a little odd to call it Kevin O’Keefe’s/LexBlog’s Beer for Blogger brought to you by Thomson Reuters.

But DeSutter was the real deal. She was down to earth, straight talking and an authentic voice for Thomson Reuters.

De Sutter also knew the lay of the land in the legal publishing world – something always of interest to me. Plus she was a highly respected communications/relationships/media professional, having worked for West Publishing since Dwight Opperman was publisher and owner.

My friend, Bob Ambrogi, who also knew De Sutter, closed the deal when he told me, “Don’t be a fool, co-sponsor a Beer for Bloggers with Thomson Reuters, it’s a sign of what LexBlog has achieved.” Or something along those lines. ;)

What started out as buying as many people a beer who heard word via my blog has now grown into a gathering co-sponsored by a major multinational mass media and information company, let alone the largest bar association in the country co-hosting one annually.

Beer for Bloggers, though with a few more attendees, remains the same – an informal gathering at a local pub in legal conferences cities that I am traveling to. An opportunity to break away from the pace of a conference or a day at work for a little camaraderie and an opportunity to meet people you known only online.

You’re all invited (blogger or not, lawyer or not, attending ILTACON or not) Tuesday night at 5:30 to Beer for Bloggers at Bobby McKeys at National Harbor.

Beers are on us.

Thanks TR.

The ABA Journal and LexBlog are hosting their 8th annual Beer (and wine) for Bloggers at the ABA TechShow this Friday evening.

You’re all invited, blogger or not, lawyer or not, attending TechShow or not. It’s been a great event for those in the legal profession and for those working in organizations serving the legal profession to get together.

The details?

  • 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, April 17.
  • Hilton Chicago’s Lakeside Green Lounge (Northeast corner on 1st floor), 720 S. Michigan Ave.
  • ABA Journal and LexBlog pick up the tab.

A big thank you to Molly McDonough (@molly_mcdonough), Managing Editor of the ABA Journal, for the the work she does in pulling this event together.

If you are looking for me I will at ABA TechShow all day Friday and can be reached by email, kevin@lexblog.com or cell, 206 321 3627.

I will be in Minneapolis/St. Paul Tuesday evening through Friday meeting with LexBlog Network members and a few other folks.

On Wednesday evening, March 18, the Legal Marketing Association Minnesota Chapter is having a Beer for Bloggers at which, as Deb DuBois describes it, I’ll “Opine with lawyers and marketers on the State-of-the-Blog.”

We’re getting together at 5 at Mason’s Restaurant Barre at 528 Hennepin Ave So (@ 6th St), downtown Minneapolis.

Per the LMA MN, it’s not a sponsored event, so all bloggers belly up to the bar on their own nickel.

Hope to see you there.

If you’d like to get together while I am there to discuss how other lawyers and law firms are effectively harnessing the net through niche blogs and social media, I am happy to get together for coffee or a bite. You can email me at kevin@lexblog.com.

#LMAMN

Image courtesy of Flickr by Mathew Loberg

Beer for Bloggers New YorkLexBlog and Kevin O’Keefe are hosting a Beer for Bloggers in New York on Wednesday, May 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at McGee’s Pub following the PLI seminar on social media for lawyers. McGee’s is at 240 West 55th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

You don’t need to be a blogging lawyer to join. Lawyers, marketing/business development professionals, and those serving the legal profession are invited – even if you don’t blog.

Kevin is in New York this week to chair an all-day seminar entirely devoted to educating lawyers on how they can utilize social media to enhance their professional lives hosted by Practising Law Institute.

The seminar can be atended either in-person at PLI headquarters in New York City or via live webcast—you can still register for both.

Kevin gets into New York Tuesday evening and will be in town through early Thursday evening. He’d welcome the opportunity to get together for coffee or a bite to eat.

You can reach him on his cell at (206) 321-3627, shoot him an email, or send him a message via Twitter.

LexBlog and I, in conjunction with The Colorado Bar Association CLE, are hosting a Beer for Bloggers in Denver this Thursday evening, October 14, at Katie Mullen’s (16th St. Mall at Court Place) from 5:30 to 7:30.

You don’t need to be a blogging lawyer to come. Lawyers, marketing/business development professionals, and those serving the legal profession are invited – even if you don’t blog.

I am in Denver to speak at the University of Denver Law School’s All-Alumni Weekend Friday afternoon. While in town, I’m happy to meet with folks for coffee or to host a brief roundtable discussion on blogging and social media at your firm. I’m available all Friday morning, including breakfast, or at lunch Friday. I’ve been leading these roundtable discussions during my travels over the last year, and they’ve been very well received by lawyers and other professionals in the law firms. Let me know if you’d ever be interested in hosting one.

You can reach me via email or on my cell phone at (206) 321-3627.

LexBlog Beer for Bloggers St Andrews New York CityLexBlog and I are hosting a Beer for Bloggers in New York City this Thursday evening, October 7, at St. Andrews Restaurant and Bar from 5:30 to 7:30.

You don’t need to be a blogging lawyer to come. Lawyers, marketing/business development professionals, and those serving the legal profession are invited – even if you don’t blog.

I am in New York City Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, this week. On Wednesday I fly over to Cleveland for the day. I’m doing a series of one hour roundtable discussions at LexBlog client and non-client law firms on blogging and social media.

I’ve been leading these roundtable discussions during my travels over the last year. They’ve been very well received by lawyers and other professionals in the law firms. Let me know if you’d ever be interested in hosting one.

While in New York City, I’m happy to meet with folks. You can reach me via email or on my cell phone, (206) 321-3627.

Lakeside Green LoungeKevin will be keeping the tradition of Beer for Bloggers events alive with the 3rd annual meeting of lawyers, law bloggers and anyone else at ABA TechShow who wants to join.

The ABA Journal and LexBlog will co-host the gathering (and pick up the tab) at the Hilton Chicago’s Lakeside Green Lounge (720 S. Michigan Ave). The event will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Stop by and meet some online friends offline.

Additionally, if you know or you are a lawyer, journalist or law student interested in helping Kevin cover TechShow for this blog and LexConference, email Kevin and you’ll get a free pass to cover the event.

Kevin will be in Chicago from Wednesday evening through Saturday afternoon. If you’d like to get together with him, whether at TechShow at the Hilton or at your office, drop him an email or give him a call on his cell, 206 321 3627.

Keeping up with the LexBlog tradition of meet-and-greets, Kevin will be hosting Twitterers, lawyers and other legal professionals to meet up in Miami on Thursday night for a Beer for Bloggers event.

He will be at Tobacco Road on Thursday, Feb. 25, starting at 6:30. The bar is located at 626 S Miami Ave. LexBlog will pick up the tab.

Kevin is in Miami this week from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, speaking Friday at 9 am at the North American Regional Meeting for the World Services Group.

if you can’t make it but would enjoy meeting up with Kevin, don’t hesitate to email him or even give him a call at 206-321-3627.

LexBlog Kells Beer for Bloggers In the great tradition of LexBlog’s Beer for Bloggers events, we’ll will be hosting a get-together Friday evening following the conclusion of Avvo’s Internet Marketing Conference.

Fellow bloggers, Twitterers, lawyers and other legal professionals, please come by Kell’s Irish Pub around 5:30 tomorrow evening. LexBlog is picking up the tab. Kells is located in Post Alley just above our historic Pike Place Market.

Here’s a map to Kells with directions from the conference center. It’s just a short walk after going up the elevator or stairs that are just south of the Marriott Hotel across from the conference center.

See you there. And enjoy our fine city of Seattle during your stay.

Join the ABA Journal and LexBlog for drinks and mingling at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3. We’ll be at the Lakeside Green Lounge in the Hilton, located in the North end of the main lobby. We’re picking up the tab, so come get a nametag and a drink and meet some bloggers, Twitterers, lawyers and legal professionals. If you’re reading this, and plan on being in Chicago this weekend, we hope you can make an appearance.

You can sign up via the twtvite, by sending Kevin an email or Direct Messaging him on Twitter.

We look forward to meeting all of you.