The LegalTech schedule lists a Bloggers’ Breakfast event on the calendar for the second day of the conference. The bloggers breakfast will be held on February 5, 2014 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Petit Trianon Room at the New York Hilton Midtown.
As the schedule shows, the event is “invitation-only,” and there are quite a few folks that may have seen invitations already. However, if you are a blogger and did not get and invitation, we’d be happy to provide one. Since we’re sponsoring the event, send me an email at frank.strong[at]lexisnexis[dot]com and we will add you to the invitation list.
The LegalTech NY Blogger’s Breakfast will be a great chance to both fuel up for the day and network with your fellow legal bloggers. To that end, here’s a long list – in no particular order – of essential legal blogs we have enjoyed reading.
25 Essential Legal Bloggers
1. 3 Geeks and a Law Blog. “This blog may seem somewhat eclectic, but if you step back you can see that we focus on the administrative side of today’s large law firm environment,” reads the self-description. The blog has multiple contributors, publishing under a guiding principle, which is to write about whatever they find interesting. That usually has a lot to do with the legal industry.
2. Adam Smith, Esq. Adam Smith was an economist and in that same vein, this blog “…is an inquiry into the economics of law firms.” The posts presented are often long but thoughtful; well worth a bookmark. Bruce MacEwen, who we suspect often pens the posts (there are no bylines, which is true of The Economist magazine too), was recently named a National Law Journal “Trailblazer.”
3. Advocate’s Studio. Positioned as “musings on technology in the law, research and writing,” Martha Sperry is an attorney near Boston who writes, “Computers and technology have influenced me for as long as I can remember.” She’s a proponent of the Free Law Project.
4. At the Intersection. Pam Waldow writes a “globally-acclaimed blog that explores the world of law firms and clients that need each other, but don’t always play well together.” It’s that notion that represents what she calls the intersection. We especially appreciated her post on gamification.
5. Attorney at Work. For the editors at this blog, which by our calculation runs just like a modern media newsroom, the “goal is to give you everything you need to create a law practice—and a life—you can love.” True to their word, they have all sorts of tips and tricks for the independent attorney – including a good case for why billing is marketing.
6. The Belly of the Beast. Steven J. Harper is author of the book titled “The Lawyer Bubble” and his blog often reflects his literary published work. You’ll find his posts syndicated in a range of publication from the legal trades, to the Business Insider. As a side note, the Business Insider also publishes a regular category called Law & Order edited by Erin Fuchs.
7. Corcoran’s Business of Law Blog. Timothy B. Corcoran is an advisor to law firm leaders and in-house counsel. Over the years, he’s served in a range of roles with familiar companies including Thomson Reuters, Altman Weil, White & Case and even LexisNexis. He recently took the helm of the Legal Marketing Association as President.
8. Dewey B Strategic. A law librarian and knowledge strategist, Jean P. O’Grady, tends to post by the numbers – that is to say we think she likes data. This post on the Corporate Counsel Agenda, is one we saw making the social media rounds last December, when she examined the impact of government on inside counsel.
9. Divorce Disclosure. We have a special affinity for Lee Rosen’s blog because he’s based in our very own neighborhood of Raleigh. His posts tend to focus on how lawyers can get work done and offers practical lists and ideas in many of his posts, such as the difference between being busy and getting things done.
10. Future Lawyer. Rick Georges is a self-described “lawyer, poet, author and educator” that “practices real property, corporation, wills, trusts and estates law” in Florida. By our observation, he often writes about the latest gadgets that might be useful to lawyers. He’s better than a Walt Mossberg for the legal profession.
11. The Law Insider. This blog is “dedicated to all things business of law,” and is managed by Preston Clark. Clearly an early adopter, he’s got a head start in Google+ and has developed a Google+ community for lawyers with more than 4,100 members and climbing.
12. Law Marketing Blog. Larry Bodine has an impressive background both in the legal profession and in journalism; he was once the editor and publisher of the ABA Journal. This background is often reflected in his posts, though we can see he too has an affinity for data as depicted in this infographic on the largest law firm demographics.
13. Lawyerology. This blog “is not limited to topics directly related to the law” but it certainly curates content from around the legal web from careers to civil litigation. Lawyerology is penned by Rob Sullivan.
15. Law21. Jordan Furlong is lawyer and strategic consultant based in Ottawa, Canada. His blog presents “dispatches from a legal profession on the brink” and his commentary is as relevant here in the U.S. as it is anywhere else. He doesn’t shy from asking hard questions: You say you want a revolution?
16. LegalTalkNetwork. This isn’t a blog, but a podcast. In fact the site offers several podcasts with a whole bunch of really smart people you have probably already heard of including: Jim Calloway, Bob Ambrogi, Dennis Kennedy, Vicki Voisin, Heidi Alexander, Jared Correia and Monica Bay of Law Technology News. The advantage of a podcast is that listeners can subscribe through a number of podcast platforms and listen to these big thinkers on-the-go from a smart phone or other audio device during white space – like a commute.
17. The Legal Watercooler. The name of this blog is by design “a place where we can grab a cup of coffee and share in a little bit of industry chat.” Author Heather Morse is the director of Marketing for Barger & Wolen LLP, a mid-sized law firm based in Los Angeles, though she’s also served in senior marketing positions with AmLaw 100 law firms. Ever been at a legal conference and find yourself confused as to which of the dozen hashtags (#LNTY) flying around Twitter is the right one? Heather probably knows the answer.
18. Lawyerist. The most prominent personality we see that goes with this blog belongs to Sam Glover, a lawyer and a writer. He explains in a profile page, “Lawyerist, a blog I started in 2007, began as a place for me to rant about bad legal software. It has since grown into a healthy business, and my day job.” It’s probably not easy to build a blog that can be turned into a living. We’ve got a lot of admiration for the community he’s built around the blog along with all the thoughtful content: How to Build a Law Practice Incubator.
19. Massachusetts LOMAP. The Mass LOMAP blog helps fulfill the duties one might hope to receive from a law office assistance program. It’s especially admirable that amid all the services and programs provided, this team still has time to offer sound resources on its blog: Manage Your Practice by Managing Your Time.
20. Prism Legal. Few knew what blogging was all about when Ron Friedman started publishing posts in 2003. The blog has changed names in the more than a decade it’s been active – originally it was titled Strategic Legal Technology. Ron explains the name change on his site, “Since the 2008 economic crisis and the advent of the “New Normal” legal market, my blog is as much as about BigLaw business as it is about technology.” Here is one recent example: Report Questions Large Law Firm Focus on Growth.
21. Law Sites. We’d venture to say that any list of legal blogs would be incomplete without Bob Ambrogi’s blog. Bob is also a long time blogger that started in 2002! Moreover, he’s been an active leader in the industry for the better part of 20 years. His posts often range from reviews to clever new products to insights: How Law Firms Spent their Tech Money in 2013.
22. The Droid Lawyer. Jeffrey Taylor is the Droid Lawyer and true to the blog’s name, he created the site “in February 2011 to give tips and tricks for lawyers using Android devices in their law practice.” No surprise then, Google is a big part of his posts: The (New) Benefits of Google Apps.
23. The MacLawyer. If Android is on one side, we’ll find iOS on the other. Enter Ben Stevens, a practicing family law attorney, as the MacLawyer. Ben explains, “After using Windows machines for over a decade, my office has been all Mac-based since August of 2005.” His blog is helpful for any Apple enthusiast: Attorneys Can Use Siri As a Date Calculator.
24. Thoughtful Legal Management. According to the tag cloud on his home page, David J. Bilinsky, writes about “trends” and “issues facing law firms” most often. A lawyer and practice management consultant, his most recent post at time of this writing, is a solid sample: Hacker’s Guide to Being More Productive.
25. Real Lawyers Have Blogs. If there’s a champion-in-chief of lawyers having blogs, that award would have to go to Kevin O’Keefe of the LexBlog Community. If you are a lawyer or law firm thinking about starting a blog, Kevin’s a person that just might be able to help: Family, Fraud and Political Law: New Blogs Joining the LexBlog Network.
Looking for more?
We’ve got a long list of bloggers – 130 or so – that we’ve found to be active on Twitter (please Tweet us if we’re missing you: @business_of_law). The ABA Journal also keeps a “Blawg Directory” maintained by the “Blawg Whisperer.” There are several other resources of a similar nature just a Google search away including: BlogRank, LexBlog, Law.com, and Cision.
If you have a law blog, feel free to promote in the comments of this post. We’ll add you to our RSS readers and look forward to reading and sharing your posts. For those going to LegalTech, we hope to see you there!
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