Did you find your Twitter stream inundated with a barrage of ‘#barexam’ updates this past week? While we’re eager to welcome those soon-to-be-newly-minted attorneys into the realm of Sociable Lawyers, maybe they could have held off on the social media updates until they were done with studying? But we digress.
While bar exams for July were in full swing this past week, we were dutifully sweeping the blawgosphere to bring you the best posts on e-lawyering. If you’ve just finished your last exam and are now finding a new reason to fret (i.e., the results), we encourage you to take a much deserved break and review the posts detailed below. As a new lawyer who has been active on Twitter in the recreational sense, it’s now time to take the next step and implement your social media use within the professional realm; these authors below can help you get there.
Our favorite bar exam Twitter update (Congrats on finishing, Lauren!):
RE: Marks On Copyright And Trademark: Social Media & The Future Of Legal Service
“When people move from place to place, their access to social networking sites moves with them. Where other methods of notice have failed, a Facebook message may serve the ultimate goal of providing actual notice to a defendant who can’t be physically found. It also has the advantages of being fast, cheap, and seems particularly appropriate when the underlying action is web-based. To date, there are no reported cases of service of process in the U.S. being made through social networking, but attorneys may begin to consider it an option for defendants who are avoiding service by traditional methods.”
The Rainmaker Blog: Is Social Media the New Tool of Branding for Attorneys?
“One of the partners at Galluzzo & Johnson – Zachary Johnson, 34 – said, “It’s a very cost-effective way of marketing. Facebook and Twitter are becoming so prevalent amongst consumers of all services, we would be doing ourselves a disservice as a law firm to not use these channels to reach people.” On the other side of the fence is well-known Bronx criminal defense attorney Murray Richman, 73, who finds any type of law firm advertising – including social media marketing – distasteful.”
Attorney At Work: A Lawyer in Uzbekistan? We’ve Got That
“Even though you may get to travel to great locations and meet interesting people, networks are not for everyone. Membership costs can range from $2,500 to $25,000 USD or more. More costly, however, is the time it takes away from client work for several attorneys to travel and participate at two yearly meetings, often held overseas. And joining the wrong network can be frustrating. You want a network of firms with similar practices, clients and culture to your own. Make sure you understand the expectations, standards and time commitment required before you join.”
Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites: Even a Solo Can Have a Clever Mobile App
“The app is designed to give Kelly’s clients access to information about their cases. To this end, the app features integration with both file-sharing site Dropbox and project-management site Basecamp. With the integration of those tools, the app lets clients review their documents and check the status of their matters. The app also integrates PayPal, so that clients can use it to pay their invoices.”
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