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The Weekly Sociable Lawyer Round Up

The Sociable Lawyer Round Up features some of the best blog entries on e-lawyering from the past week. We’re always looking for new posts, so if you know any great lawyer blogs, feel free to let us know! Enjoy!

Write to Done
Get Your Eagle Eye On: 10 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work
December 4 by Leah McClellan via the (new) legal writer
“Some grammar and punctuation rules can—and should—be broken, when you know what the rules are and how to break them effectively. But the lack of solid proofreading in this piece is like cake without icing, pottery without glaze, or a fine piece of wood in need of a polish. The writer didn’t step back and get his Eagle Eye on.”

An Associate’s Mind
SEO Is Crap
December 7 by Keith Lee
“Personally, I’ve never understood the fascination with SEO. Out of nowhere it seems like a lot of people came out of the woodwork as SEO/Social media experts. Instead of agonizing over some well placed link or key phrase, why not worry about actually updating your blog on a regular basis or writing actual, good, helpful content? That’s worth a week’s worth of SEO optimization.”

Law Consulting Blog
20 Lawyer Marketing/Client Development Principles I Wish I Had Known Years Ago
December 7 by Cordell Parvin
“There are a wide variety of ways you can become successful. Make time for client development. Identify your major definite purpose. Create a plan with goals. Identify your target market. Find ways to hold yourself accountable. It is not who you know or what you know, it is who knows what you know. Build and raise your profile to become visible to your target market. Learn to become comfortable outside your comfort zone. Develop Your Unique Selling Proposition…”

Lawyer Marketing Blog
Google Video Discusses Local Ranking Factors
December 8 by Jeff Berman
“Google recently released a video discussing how they rank local businesses as well as introducing some of their new local products including Hotpot, Boost, and Tags. The video does a nice job of explaining some of the factors they use to determine who shows up in the local results and why:”

Law Office Management Assistance Program
Expanding Your Social Networks to Create Meaningful Connections and to Build Business
December 9 by Justin Kelsey
“At the request of Jared Correia (who first inspired us to take the leap into social media marketing) we have agreed to share some of our thoughts and experiences in the hopes that we can help inspire others to take the same leap. This post will endeavor to answer the questions of just ‘How’ and just ‘Why’, as those relate to Kelsey & Trask’s use of web and social media marketing…”

Creating a Business Development Culture in Your Firm
December 9 by Allison C. Shields
“The first step to fostering a culture of business development is to change the approach to rainmaking and business development in general. Dispel the notion that rainmakers are a secret society whose practices are a closely guarded secret. Make business development a part of everything the firm does, and something that is the responsibility – and part of the job description – of everyone in the firm.”

Solo Practice University Blog
We’re an Entrepreneurial Culture. Get Entrepreneurial!
December 10 by Susan Cartier Liebel
“Whether you’re a contract lawyer, a new grad or a laid-off associate you’ve got to take charge of your legal career. And even if you are currently employed you should have a “Plan B” at the ready. Granted, hanging your own shingle can be a risky option for some but it is one that many will simply have to take.”

Attorney at Work
New Site Promises One Really Good Idea Every Day
December 10 via Robert Ambrogi Law Sites Blog
“Attorney at Work promises you one really good idea every day. And these aren’t just any old ideas. We’ve got a growing bunch of experts from the vanguard of practice management who zero in on exactly what you need to get your law practice off the bunny slope. It’s all original—the real deal—from the best in the business (we like to call them our “Minds at Work”). Our goal is to give you everything you need to create a law practice—and a life—you can love.”

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