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Video: LegalTech Blogger Panel on Cloud and Blawging

LegalTech Blogger Panel on Cloud and Blawging

At the 2014 LegalTech trade show the LexisNexis Firm Manager team had a chance to sponsor the blogger’s breakfast and a short panel discussion by some of the most prominent bloggers in the legal industry. The session was filmed and we recently obtained a copy from ALM and have uploaded it to our YouTube channel and embedded it here:

The Panelists

Introductions (starts at 3:20) include:

Law Cloud Discussion

The discussion about the law cloud (starts at 6:15) and covers points including:

  • Adoption of the law cloud.  Roughly 40% of lawyers are using the cloud, according to a recent law cloud survey, though it’s likely more lawyers are using cloud services without realizing it.  Moreover the fundamental shift in cloud adoption is that the questions are shifting from ‘can I use the cloud?’ to ‘how do I use the cloud?’
  • Lawyers and cloud ethics.  Several state bar associations have provided ethics opinions – not a single state has disavowed the cloud – but due diligence is an ethical requirement.
  • Cloud security concerns. Security concerns are arguably unfounded given vendors hosting these services have a far greater security capabilities than most individual law firms.

Legal Blog Discussion

The discussion about the legal blawgs and blogs (starts at 11:15) and covers points including:

  • Generating blog ideas.  How do bloggers come up with a new topic every day? Over time bloggers tend to fall into a rhythm.  A major challenge is keeping the topic fresh.
  • Law blogs are conversations.  One of the most important parts of blogging is listening – reading, understanding and participating in the market conversation. Blogging is akin to networking in that it’s a chance to meet new people.

Photo credit:  Flickr via Creative Commons; CC 2.0

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.