By Kevin O'Keefe

Blogging Makes You a Better Lawyer

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LexBlog’s associate editor, Melissa Lin, shared on Twitter this week a blog post of mine on some of the reasons that lawyers blog – to learn, to join a conversation and to build a community.

To which Josh King, the former general counsel of Avvo and the current general counsel of realself added, “Also makes you a better lawyer.

I have been following King’s blog for years. He has a keen interest in the professional speech regulation of lawyers, and how that regulation may not serve the public interest.

I’ve watched him pick up relevant news stories, whether from traditional media or legal bloggers, dissect the issue, analyze the law and share his commentary. Good stuff. I engaged him and others on many of his posts.

King was doing exactly one of the things we were told in law school, and which the consumer of legal services would like to see in their lawyer, he was staying up to speed in relevant areas of the law.

More than just reading on current developments, King was thinking through the developments, formulating his beliefs on what they meant to his client and the profession, and getting feedback from colleagues through comments through the legal blogosphere and social media.

I watch countless other legal bloggers reach and stay at the top of their game through blogging. Probate litigation, China law, cruise law, food safety law, patent litigation, employment law, Texas appellate law. The list goes on and in.

Blogging lawyers increase their empathy for their audience, their clients and the public. When you blog, you think. You think about what your audience will think and accept from what they’re sharing. Bloggers are “listening as they write.”

Blogging is about learning to giving of yourself, about service to others. The law is all about service.

I am sure there are eighty-five other ways that blogging makes you a better lawyer. I’m interested in hearing how blogging has made you a better lawyer.

Kevin O'Keefe
About the Author

Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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