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Episode Summary: On this episode of This Week In Legal Blogging, Bob Ambrogi sits down with attorney Carolyn Elefant. Carolyn  is a veteran energy and eminent domain attorney, who has been working in her field for over twenty years. Carolyn began her legal career as an attorney-advisor at FERC. After leaving FERC, she worked for several premier national energy practices in Washington D.C., and in 1993, she started her own DC firm, which has grown…
Episode Summary: On This Week in Legal Blogging, Bob Ambrogi sits down with Jim Walker, maritime lawyer and blogger. Jim is based in Miami, Florida, and he’s been involved in maritime litigation since 1983. Over the years, he’s appeared on news shows to discuss his niche, won countless awards and accolades for his work, and represented over 1,500 clients, including over 100 individuals who have been victimized on a cruiseline or by the cruise industry.…
Episode Summary: On this episode of This Week in Legal Blogging, Bob Ambrogi sits down with lawyer and blogger Karen Rubin. Karen is a member of Thompson Hine’s Business Litigation team and focuses her practice on a wide variety of issues. Karen is also the chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, and this year she was additionally appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. Furthermore, she  teaches and writes in…
There was a time when everyone knew, and agreed, a law blog was an independent publication that did not belong inside a law firm’s website. It was common sense. Today, many misguided law firms are placing law blogs inside a website under a news/publications/resources section, just as they began publishing articles, information, and press releases on websites almost 20 years ago. Smaller firms and solos have a tab on their website labeled “blog,” often offering…
    Introduction Earlier this year I did a random blog post that just talked about legal blogging as if it was a book because I couldn’t find a book. Somebody had asked me, did I have a book? I said, “No.”  The first thing I did was I just came up with a list of what the chapters would be, what the topics you would have to cover in a blog. There happened to…
A news aggregator enables you to follow relevant sources (blogs and mainstream media) as well as keywords and key phrases relevant to your work. Why should you use it? News aggregators make your life easier and compile the information you want to see in one place, without having to sift and sort through other irrelevant information. Allow you to network Engage in conversation Follow relevant news Easy to share information from They make it simpler…
Start by following and listening If Twitter is new to you, it is much easier to listen than to open your mouth. Look for people you know and trust who are using Twitter. Follow them. This may include lawyers from coast to coast, reporters, authors, and leaders in your local community. Do a Google search on best people to follow on “X” subject. Look at who Twitter suggests you may want to follow. Start to…
Social is personal Relationships are built on a person to person basis. It is difficult, or impossible, to separate your personal and business life, especially on Facebook. Law firm pages do not work as well as Facebook personal accounts in building word of mouth and relationships. As you Facebook more, its algorithms will display your posts to those friends interested in the item you shared. Not every “Friend” sees everything you post. Get comfortable sharing…
Personal profile Take the time, maybe five or six hours to personally write your profile. Do not copy and paste from your law firm bio. Put in information for each position you’ve held and what schools you’ve attended. Why you worked here, what you learned, why you left etc. Your title next to your name should describe what you do, not list your title. “Patent Lawyer” is much better than “Partner.” Get all of your…
Images can be a great addition to a blog post—they provide that extra pop and context. There are two places to use them in a blog post, either as a featured image or in the body of text. Types of images Images in the body of text are great because they break up the monotony of a big chunk of text. Make things easy to scan Break up text into short paragraphs Can provide context…