Stone-faced attorneys: Some lawyers are still (wrongly) stoic about their social media profiles
Posted on 03-28-2016 by Travis Burchart

Winning clients means putting your best face forward. Does this mean a lawyer’s “ticked-off” face? That’s what history or popular culture would have you think. In social media, your best face isn’t your “ticked-off” face. Today’s lawyers do it less... Read More

Facebook Discovery On Equal Footing With Other Discovery?
Posted on 01-22-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Andrew T. Solomon Are private Facebook postings entitled to more stringent protections from civil discovery? A significant string of New York Appellate Division decisions seemed to suggest that they are.[1] But a divided... Read More

Using you LinkedIn profile to target clients? Possible?
Posted on 01-15-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Andrew Strickler A lawyer’s LinkedIn profile only constitutes attorney advertising if it meets a series of criteria, according to a recent New York City ethics opinion, and isn’t subject to legal advertising... Read More

Marketing Heavyweights: 5 Law Firms That Inspire Fear With Their Marketing Mojo
Posted on 11-13-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Aebra Coe Marketing leaders at law firms say there are five firms they'd rather not compete with when it comes to pitching a client. A survey of 122 law firm marketing leaders conducted by BTI Consulting Group Inc .showed... Read More

“Volunteering” your employees for social media tasks: Compensable?
Posted on 11-12-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

When I say the word volunteer , what comes to mind? How do you define volunteer? According to Merriam-Webster they define it as the following: “a person who does work without getting paid to do it.” However, as LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom , eludes to- volunteers (in some cases) might... Read More

Social networks & workplace investigations: Don't miss the smoking gun
Posted on 11-10-2015 by Doug Esten

In this day and age if there is ever a workplace investigation, one of the first places that should be check are social networks. According to LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom , social media played a big part in a recent workplace discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Brandon Waters, a former... Read More

A new genre of legal writing: Why Law Schools Should Be Teaching Twitter
Posted on 11-04-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Aebra Coe Writing for online audiences on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook is a skill that can offer lawyers a distinct career advantage, and law schools should consider making it a core competency of legal education... Read More

Trick or Treat? Will Our Next Supreme Court Justice be on Twitter?
Posted on 10-22-2015 by Tracie Morris

“Why should only lawyers have access to the judges? Why shouldn’t the people?” Judge Stephen Dillard of the Court of Appeals for Georgia recently posed these questions during a recent podcast interview with the Lawyerist . As the second decade of the Roberts Court begins, it’s... Read More

College football’s next great social media scandal: Compelled speech?
Posted on 10-20-2015 by Travis Burchart

Today’s college coaches are clobbering the 1st Amendment. Social media is being banned; student-athletes are being muzzled. Minnesota, Purdue, Connecticut, Clemson, Florida State … they’re just a few of the transgressors . It’s scary … putting a muzzle on student-athletes... Read More

Disciplining Employees for Social Media Posts [A Do’s & Don’ts Checklist]
Posted on 10-02-2015 by Jae Lee

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has closely examined employee discipline related to conduct over social media to ensure that employers do not infringe on employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). To minimize the risk of NLRB scrutiny, you should... Read More

20 Attorneys Killing It On Twitter & The Tweets They Share via Law360 #sociallawyering
Posted on 09-18-2015 by Tracie Morris

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Lisa Ryan. Some attorneys have figured out how to use their Twitter accounts to build their personal brand and network with peers and prospective clients, while also pumping out tweet after tweet of legal insight and hilarious... Read More

Beating back big law in the social economy: 5 small law tactics #sociallawyering
Posted on 09-11-2015 by Jared Banz

Living in a world engulfed by technology has its’ pros and its’ cons. While you may be able to get some things accomplished quicker, other tasks have become muddied. For example, mobile advertising. The rules that surround this are not black and white all the time which can cause some to... Read More

Deleting your social footprint permanently - Impossible?
Posted on 08-21-2015 by Tracie Morris

Many of us may have been told the following at some point: “ think about what you put on the internet because it’ll be on there forever. ” It is a common belief that once you delete an account online, that all your details are erased. Unfortunately for all those who are under that... Read More

Social Media and Employment Contracts [Lexis Practice Advisor®]
Posted on 08-14-2015 by Jae Lee

The popularity of social media has magnified the risks that employees and former employees will disseminate confidential information, damage an employer’s brand, and solicit an employer’s customers and current employees. Careful drafting of settlement, separation and restrictive covenant... Read More

Filming police: The invisible line between right to record & police interference
Posted on 08-13-2015 by Chad Troyan

With the recent riots across the globe in retaliation to poor police conduct, the desire to tape officers while they work has grown. This desire to record officers does beg the following questions: 1. How close is too close when recording? 2. How is interference defined? According to the Texas... Read More

Can you sanitize your client's social media pre-litigation? Yes, but ....
Posted on 08-07-2015 by Tracie Morris

As technology continues to play a greater role in our respective lives, it begs countless questions, such as the following: May I “Clean Up” My Client’s Social Media Pages in Advance of Litigation? According to Louisiana Legal Ethics, the question receives an answer of “yes... Read More

10 buzzwords that'll spoil your LinkedIn profile #SocialLawyering
Posted on 08-07-2015 by Chad Troyan

When sending out resumes for potential jobs, we all hope our resumes stand out. We scour the dictionary looking for words that catch our eye. While this sounds promising, the result is quite bland because the truth is we all use the same buzzwords in our resume. According to Fast Company here are 10... Read More

Social Media: 5 Land Mines Every Lawyer Should Avoid [via Law360] #SocialLawyering
Posted on 08-07-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Keith Goldberg . Social media contains plenty of opportunities for attorneys to boost their profile, and ultimately, their business. It also contains plenty of potential land mines that can derail a career. The latest lawyer... Read More

Social media: Can it champion notice to litigants & due process protection?
Posted on 07-31-2015 by Tracie Morris

The relationship between the legal profession and social media has been a work-in-progress for a while, but recently seems to heading toward a brighter future. According to Food Recall Monitor , litigators have become more social savvy and provided three cases that show how social media has played a... Read More

Violent Threats Over Facebook OK?; New Supreme Court ruling says so
Posted on 07-30-2015 by Tracie Morris

The internet, an open forum for the masses. We can find countless comments; some inspire us and others raise the hairs on the back of our necks. Free speech on the internet was further defined recently after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of rapper Anthony Elonis, according to USA Today . Elonis... Read More

Finding your social audience: A blunt but simple trick - "just help people"
Posted on 07-24-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

Are you looking to find your social audience? You want a piece of advice on how to find it? Ready? Here it is- just help people. According to Medium , it is as simple as doing just that. They advise that instead of focusing on finding your audience, focus on helping others. An example could be teaching... Read More

Employee, Facebook and the Confederate Flag-Free Speech or Actionable Offense?
Posted on 07-23-2015 by Chad Troyan

The Confederate Flag has been at the center of debate as of late due to a the recent shooting at a South Carolina church. A picture of the shooter, Dylann Roof Storm, was later released which showed him posing with a confederate flag. Say an employee displays a picture of the Confederate flag on Facebook... Read More

Trolling, Trolling, Trolling: Hiring Managers Do Look You Up Online, Survey Says
Posted on 07-23-2015 by Tracie Morris

We all have been told at some point that it is “better safe than sorry”. When posting stuff on social media we should live by this, especially if we are currently looking for a job. Despite what you may have heard, according to LexisNexis Legal Newsroom , hiring managers do surf your social... Read More

Lawyers and Social Media: How to Manage the Ethical Pitfalls of Modern Investigative Tools
Posted on 07-17-2015 by Tracie Morris

The internet and social media have become the information hub of this generation. All information is now at our fingertips. This has proven to be a useful development, especially in the legal profession. When it comes to research social media has become a useful tool, but with it comes muddy ethical... Read More

Expansion of Social Media Workplace Privacy Law? One State Is Preparing For It
Posted on 07-16-2015 by Tracie Morris

Photo Credit: Shutterstock / Rawpixel No court case’s handlings is ever perfect as new questions always arise and EEOC v. Abercrombie no exception. According to LexisNexis Legal Newsroom , here are 2 questions that were left unanswered by SCOTUS: 1. What level of suspicion is required? While... Read More