Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Linkedln for New Work

The FP Legal Post describes an article in the Wisconsin Law Journal (subscription required) on how lawyers get work through LinkedIn.

Apparently, one lawyer constantly reviews his Linkedln page so that when one of his "connections adds a connection, he is notified of that. If the new connection is someone that [he] would like to know professionally, he telephones his connection and asks him or her to make an introduction . . .[he claims to have] garnered a number of new cases and clients via this method."

(An even simpler way of doing that is by subscribing to your LinkedIn network updates via RSS - there's an orange RSS icon next to the Network Updates header on your homepage.)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Larry King Settles Life Insurance Suit : Contingent Fee Business Litigation Blog

Life insurance purely for the purposes of selling to a third party, where they can speculate on the odds of you packing it in. Really? ... This is why I work in the legal industry. You learn something new ...

JD Scoop: Legal Analysis & Review of Washington's Financial Industry Bailout Plan

Good idea. Will be interesting to see if they can grow the collection of contributions.

Clay Shirky on It's Not Information Overload, It's Filter Failure

Another thought-provoking talk by Clay Shirky.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Angry IT workers: A ticking time bomb? | ITworld

Digitek Recall Help Launched

Stem client Hissey Kientz LLP has launched a new website, Digitek Recall Help, that tracks the latest information regarding the recall of the heart medication Digitek, generically known as Digoxin.

The site documents the related side effects, toxicity problems, lawsuits, and the latest news. It will function as an ongoing information gateway, updated regularly by the firm's Digitek practice group.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Law Blogs: The Great Equalizer

in Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, via WisBlog

Kevin O'Keefe argues that while blogs are a new technology, they actually facilitate good old-fashioned word-of-mouth marketing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

6 Unique Content Ideas to Boost Your Website's Value & Link-Worthiness

Practical yet novel ideas on how to build that all-important "great content".

Canadian Bar Association - Guidelines for Practicing Ethically with New Information Technologies

CBA releases an "Information to Supplement the CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT: Guidelines for Practicing Ethically with New Information Technologies".

I've only skimmed a few parts, but looks like good-old common sense.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Lawyer Type

Slaw.ca post about "Typography for Lawyers", which has been making the rounds on Twitter, too. Why should lawyers (and everyone else) care about typography? According to Matthew Butterick, currently a lawyer and formerly a typographer, "Typography is always important because presentation is always important."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Yahoo: How Open When You Compete With Others?

Danny Sullivan's rant is great, here's a one-off gem: "Our search traffic on Search Engine Land from Yahoo yesterday? Just over 3% came from Yahoo, in contrast to 93% coming from Google.

We're not unique. Site owner after site owner will tell you this is the same. When I asked Yahoo why, Moore suggested that site owners are simply targeting their content to do better on Google."

That's why Google is the 800lb monster. Not search traffic, but referrals.

RSS4Lib points to RSS Service for Kindle Readers

Blog For Profit » How to Use twitter as a Lawyer - Part 1

Grant Griffith uses Twitter as well as anyone I've seen; so this post becomes a must read.

Another suggestion would be to embed yourself in a target industry outside of law. Social media is a great introduction tool; so why not use it to get introduced to decision makers in your target market?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

CanLII is the most frequently used electronic legal resource in Canada

Interesting results of a 2008 survey of more than 2,000 Canadian lawyers.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

145 Lawyers (and Legal Professionals) to Follow on Twitter - by JD Scoop

Adrian Lurrsen blogs a huge list of 145 Lawyers (and Legal Professionals) to Follow on Twitter. If you're on twitter, it's a great list to scan for new people to follow!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Unlearn What You Have Learned

via JD Scoop.

"It can be really, really difficult to unlearn what you have learned, which is why so many people have trouble implementing great online marketing and PR programs. Don’t believe me? How many spaces do you type after a period? It took me nearly a year to unlearn typing two spaces after a period. A year! Just to stop typing a space!"

Friday, September 05, 2008

Doug Cornelius: Presentation & Notes: Social Networking For Lawyers

Doug Cornelius is presenting at the LMA NYC conference on Sept. 17th - a panel on social networking for lawyers. In advance, he has posted his slides on JD Supra.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

the [non]billable hour: The Curse of Almost Happy

Go Matt! I used to be almost happy. Things are much better when you take control.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The cloud's Chrome lining

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The cloud's Chrome lining: "Although I'm sure Google would be thrilled if Chrome grabbed a sizable chunk of market share, winning a "browser war" is not its real goal. Its real goal, embedded in Chrome's open-source code, is to upgrade the capabilities of all browsers so that they can better support (and eventually disappear behind) the applications."

As usual, Nicholas Car, says it way better than I did.

Why I’m changing this blog’s comments to ‘dofollow’ | Online Journalism Blog

From the Online Journalism Blog. Interesting perspective.