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Inside Legal Blogs [By Jeff] Put on your work gloves, and hike up your pants. It’s time once again to clean out the law blog gutters. Look at all these leaves stuck in here. What a mess. This might take a while. The law blog gutters get clogged from time to time, and that’s when I come around to clear everything out so things can run smoothly.
Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts told
able to in a 30-second television spot. The
2. 95 percent of any creative profession is
reporters with the Los Angeles Times and
production values are also noticeably better
shit work. Only 5 percent is actually, in some
AP that he did not want to allow television
than the average ad for legal services. Could
simplistic way, fun.
cameras in the Supreme Court. Saying that
this be the next wave in attorney advertising?
7. When you throw your weight around, you
cameras would serve as a distraction, create a circus environment, and disgrace the proud tradition of the High Court, he hinted that he would seek to block the cameras should anyone try to broadcast from inside the courtroom. Those are, of course, bogus reasons. The real reason he doesn’t want cameras in the Supreme Court is shrouded in mystery. Lord knows, he’s got the looks for TV. I think he favors a young Jan Michael Vincent. Over at the Inside Legal Opinions blog, they point out that the Supreme Court does have an interest in educating the public about the legal system and increasing its transparency. But who needs Roberts’ permission to do a kickass lawyer show anyway? We can just shoot reenactments of the juiciest Supreme Court cases like E! did during the Michael Jackson trial. Remember how creepy that was? It’d be perfect! Through the preeminent Professor Bainbridge, we learned of Allison Margolin, an incredibly bright and remarkably attractive young attorney who made a cool three-minute ad for her practice exclusively for YouTube. In the past few months, YouTube has grown from a cult website with a small but loyal following to one of the most visited websites on the
Bruce MacEwen over at the blog Adam Smith,
Esq. offered up an interesting commentary on how law firm “core values” can often produce unintended negative results. According to a study by Harvard Business School, a firm that characterizes itself as results-driven and community-oriented may get more than it bargained for. While such boasts sound good, it’s tougher to live up to those goals than one might suspect. And even if the firm does live up to those goals, employees may still become cynical. In the Harvard study, employees at a company that espoused the virtues of “openness, diversity, unpretentiousness, a sense of community, and lack of hierarchy” found their employers to be hypocritical for not living up to their own core values. The employees perceived the company’s everyday corporate activities as being in conflict with the stated core values. MacEwen provides a few solutions on how to reconcile capitalism with decent corporate core values. Number one on the list is transparency. Firms that are willing to take the heat from their employees on tough decisions are more likely to maintain the employees’ respect. He also advises being honest about how core values can sometimes come in the way of progress (and vice versa).
usually fall off balance. Overconfidence is as bad as no confidence. 10. The rest of the world counts. If you hope to accomplish anything, you will inevitably need all of the people you hated in high school Hey, wait a minute. That’s not 10 things. I guess the 3rd through 6th thing they didn’t teach in law school was how to count. GUFFAW! According to a new poll conducted by Pew
Internet, most bloggers blog for personal use and write about their daily foibles rather than more substantive topics. The study revealed that bloggers reach a small audience, but discuss widely diverse subject matters. Professional bloggers are very much the minority. Also in the minority are those who blog about politics, entertainment, current events, or technology. Most of America’s 12 million bloggers do it just to keep in touch with family and friends. The famous cele-bloggers, those whose blogs garner the most traffic, constitute less than a quarter of the entire blogosphere. While 12 million sounds like a lot, that’s only 8% of all known adult Internet users. Compare that to the 57 million who regularly read blogs, and you get a better idea of the popularity of blogs. The study also revealed that there is little difference between
Internet. By allowing anyone to post flash-
Matt Homann of the law firm management blog
animation videos of any kind, the site has built
the number of male bloggers and female
the [non]billable hour recently posted a list from a magazine called the Design Observer. The list was of 10 things they don’t teach in design school. Homann pointed out that the list might as well be called 10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Law School.
bloggers, but a majority of blogs are written by
a reputation as a place where people can go to see almost any crazy thing. But, until know, I’ve never heard of attorneys advertising via YouTube. Margolin, a criminal defense attorney, used YouTube to post this neat ad. Carolyn Elefant at MyShingle has praise for the ad, as it allows Margolin to squeeze in more important info than she would have been PAGE
1. Talent is one-third of the success equation. Talent is important in any profession, but it is no guarantee of success.
people under the age of 30. As both a professional blogger and a law blog blogger, I don’t fit the mold. I’m a rebel, and I’ll never, ever be any good. Don’t fall in love with me, girl. I’ll only break your heart.
Time once again to clean out the law blog gutters. The Supreme Court does have an interest in educating the public about the legal system an...