The well-established and freshly redesigned Canadian Securities Law, from Stikeman Elliott, is a great example of how a traditional newsletter can evolve, via blogging, into something much more valuable.

Steered by the securities and knowledge management lawyers at the firm, the blog focuses on Canadian securities law relating to corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. While they initially wanted to be able to share the same information conveyed in newsletters on a more timely basis, the firm soon realized that blogging opened up options previously unavailable.

"What we have found interesting is that the blog platform has changed both the information we publish and the frequency with which share the information with clients," says Toronto knowledge management lawyer Alex Colangelo, one of the blog’s managers. "The ease with which we can post to a blog has allowed us to publish short pieces of content more frequently then we did in the past while at the same time allowing us to continue publishing our longer analytical pieces."

In other words, the blog has become a source for news, analysis and updates, where their clients can visit or subscribe to stay informed on developments they care about.

We caught up with Alex for this LexBlog Q&A to learn more about what the firm has learned since starting a blog and what advice they’d have for other firms.

See our email exchange with Alex, after the jump.


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The ABA TechShow, held annually in Chicago, is the biggest legal technology conference out there. It goes beyond e-discovery sessions to encompass the latest trends and changes in emerging technologies and business development.

LexBlog makes it a point to attend whenever possible, and for the second straight year we provided coverage from the event

Sometimes just one attorney at a firm is engaged and involved in blogging, and sometimes the whole gang gets involved in a firm’s blog.

That’s the case for the Virginia Real Estate, Land Use and Construction Law Blog, where instead of just one blogger to profile, we have three dynamic attorney-bloggers from the Virginia firm Bean, Kinney & Korman.

Timothy Hughes, Heidi Meinzer and Tad Lunger each serve as the "editor" for the different fields the blog covers. Tim is the Lead Editor, Heidi is editor of Litigation and Tad handles Land Use. It’s a great way to make sure all relevant topics get covered without running into issues of redundancy.

The blog has been live for just over six months, during which time the attorneys have made huge strides both in terms of connecting with others in their field and making the firm known as an authority on the subject.

"The blog has been the best way – individually and personally – to keep on top of real estate, land use and construction law issues," Heidi says. "It has the added benefit of making sure people in the industry know that Bean Kinney is great place to get help in these areas, every step of the way from acquiring or selling property, financing projects, getting through the land use and permitting issues and seeing the project through to the end."

We caught up with the attorneys at Bean, Kinney and Korman for the LexBlog Q&A to learn more about the response to their blog and why the construction law blogosphere is so vibrant.

See our email exchange with them, after the jump.


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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.