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Doing some research yesterday afternoon I pulled up a blog post of mine from a few years ago. As is often the case, the post cited a third-party resource and contained the appropriate link to the resource. The resource I was looking for was a survey conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. Click on the word “survey” and you’ll see the link is dead. The ABA…
Come January, I’ll have been a member of LinkedIn for fifteen years. I’ve made over 13,000 connections during this time. I don’t share this to impress you, but to impress upon you the impact of one simple habit of mine. That being to pen a personal note to the person to whom I asked to connect on LinkedIn and to the person whose request to connect I accepted. Sure there may have been a few…
Being the director of career services is not an easy job at most law schools today.  Assuming you’re not working at a top tier law school, you have more grads than jobs. Combine that with declining budgets at many law schools leaving you understaffed. Despite the challenges, career services directors have one thing their predecessors never had, the Internet. Networking through the Internet for building out the reputation of the school, nurturing relationships with potential…
LinkedIn is becoming much more like Facebook – and that’s a good thing for lawyers looking to build relationships and a reputation. Facebook has always been a place to share professional and personal items, stay abreast of news and information and to engage each other through likes and comments as well as messages through Facebook Messenger. The Facebook algorithms work overtime to put in front of you the posts and people you want to see.…
Yesterday, our tech and products team greenlighted our going to market with a new product for the syndication of legal blog posts from the LexBlog news and commentary platform. If this were a story from a business school textbook or a large company, I might share how we studied the market, looked at production costs, analyzed pricing and surveyed potential customers. But I don’t believe that takes place in small entrepreneurial companies. I know it…
There ought to be a place announcing new legal blogs — and it makes all the sense in the world that it be LexBlog. I am not talking about blogs thrown up on websites as a means of improving SEO, often with ghostwritten content.  I am referring to blogs written in a real and authentic way by someone with an interest in a subject and/or locale. Someone using their blog to learn, to share…
I always liked immigration attorney, Greg Siskind’s mantra that niches lead to riches. Rather than immigration law, Greg blogged, spoke and wrote on niches such as immigration for the healthcare industry or immigration law for professional athletes and teams. I too advocate blogging on a niche. Blogging on subjects like IP litigation by culling cases from your district and circuit court of appeals, employment law for your state, or a particular product or procedure…
Could I blog every day? I don’t know, I haven’t tried it. Except for the early days of LexBlog, when I blogged as much as a I could, some days more than once, to generate business, I haven’t even come close. Seth Godin, a widely known writer and speaker, got me thinking of daily blogging when he blogged last week about a collection of daily bloggers who have passed a thousand posts. As Seth says, it…
Rather than establish company values for LexBlog, I thought it better to memorialize the values that have guided us over the last fourteen years. In other words, what’s brung us this far together? Over a few days, okay a few months, I gathered my thoughts, sought feedback and memorialized our values by sharing them in a meeting with my team this summer. Trying to massage the values for the perfect words the last month or…
Apple News, unlike Facebook and Google which use AI and algorithms to curate the news for readers, does things the old fashioned way – with humans selecting the news. If you’ve been following along, you know that LexBlog is creating the largest legal news and commentary network by curating the valuable contributions of legal bloggers, worldwide.  Right now, we’re featuring stories on the “front page,” changing things out a couple times a day. Channel pages…