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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!

Do Your Social Networking Privacy Settings Matter If You Get Sued?
September 27 By Kashmir Hill
“Here’s a tale of two lawsuits: an artist who wants to get paid for his work and a university employee who wants to get paid for falling out of her chair. The former gets to keep his Facebook and MySpace communications private and the latter has to turn them over. Old electronic communications laws mixed with cutting edge electronic communication on social networking sites mean that individual judges have wide leeway in determining what online is private and what’s not…”

The New Yorker
Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted
September 27 By Malcolm Gladwell
“The world, we are told, is in the midst of a revolution. The new tools of social media have reinvented social activism. With Facebook and Twitter and the like, the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coordinate, and give voice to their concerns…”

Virtual Law Practice
Social Media for the Legal Professional
September 27 By Stephanie Kimbro
“This presentation covered the basics of social media how-tos with a healthy dose of “watch out for x” and “monitor y”. I also provided suggestions for creating consistent online reputations for law firms using social media and discussed how attorneys might implement social media policies for their firm and educate firm members and even clients about procedures the firm has adopted for the use of social media…”

The Rainmaker Blog
Law Firm Marketing: LinkedIn Upgrades Company Profiles
September 28 By Stephen Fairley
“LinkedIn, the most popular business social networking site used by attorneys, just announced that it has added new customization features to its Company Follow feature. You can read all the details from the LinkedIn Blog, but here are the highlights you should care about and act on:..”

Erin Blaskie
Help! I Need Clients!
September 29 By Erin Blaskie
“Once your business is setup and ready to go, people don’t start knocking your doors over (or at least, not always).  The idea that “if you build it, they will come” turns out to be a bit of a farce.  Marketing, selling and communicating out your new business to potential clients is time consuming and can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.  In fact, the marketing and selling part can be the hardest part for a lot of people…”

ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Formal Opinion 10-547: Lawyer Websites
September 30 By The American Bar Association
“Many lawyers and law firms have established websites as a means of communicating with the public. A lawyer website can provide to anyone with Internet access a wide array of information about the law, legal institutions, and the value of legal services. Websites also offer lawyers a twenty-four hour marketing tool by calling attention to the particular qualifications of a lawyer or a law firm, explaining the scope of the legal services they provide and describing their clientele, and adding an electronic link to contact an individual lawyer. This opinion addresses some of the ethical obligations that lawyers should address in considering the content and features of their websites…”

Above the Law
ABA Survey: Lawyers Profiting From Web 2.0
September 30 By Adrian Dayton
“In the 2010 ABA Technology Survey Report, 10% of respondents  “had a client retain their legal services as a result of use of online communities/social networking.” While 10% may seem small, it represents a dramatic shift in law firm attitudes towards social media. So how are the successful attorneys doing it?..”

Six Pixels of Separation
The Future of Blogging Might Surprise You
September 30 By Mitch Joel
“If you think about the advent of social media, blogging really was the first pin to drop. The ability for anybody to have a thought, be able to type it up and then publish it online for the world to see (for free) changed everything we know about publishing, journalism and the media. Along with the publishing component, the ability to subscribe to the content via RSS, and have the ability to comment on it publicly, link back to it or even start your own blog was a watershed moment in the history of humanity and evolution of publishing…”

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