As I follow people back on Twitter I enjoy reading the diverse profiles. If they’re intriguing I click thru on the link. (Hint: Make your bio information on Twitter interesting! State what makes you unique!).
A third year law student that had followed me caught my attention. Bio for @Rex7
His About page on his blog is very interesting. Rex is doing more than building community on Twitter, he’s advocating for lawyers to use social media tools. His About page says:
This website was created with the purpose of connecting lawyers to new technologies in hopes of making the practice of law easier – both inside and outside of the courtroom.
We need lawyers online. I’ve blogged about my experience with Intellectual Property. Vickie Pynchon, an IP lawyer commented. I really appreciate that! She blogs on the IP ADR blog. My location in rural Minnesota doesn’t give me ready access to IP lawyers. I generally use resources online so it’s awesome to connect with people here. (I was just browsing one of her posts & it has many links to other law blogs)
On a recent contract I learned that I had signed a unilateral contract (meaning that conditions were stated for the company to withdraw early, but none for me). Note to self: make sure that I sign a bilateral contract in the future so there is a safety valve for me to leave the contract if needed. Is this important? absolutely – if it’s your business & your reputation (professional & personal brand) at stake.
Are there professional communities online for lawyers? Probably…
Here’s my contribution to connecting lawyers online:
If you want to build your community of Twitter followers in the legal field:
- Twellow.com shows 450 (in searching bio’s for ‘lawyer’)
- go thru Rex’s list of friends on Twitter too & find many lawyers.
And as you build community (no matter your niche) you’re welcome to use my resources. I’m in the process of launching a new site, CommunityStrategist.com that brings out the best of my blog.
What are your thoughts on lawyers building community online? If you know of online communities for lawyers, feel free to link to them in the comments to help others connect.
Update: It’s good to see someone monitoring – within minutes of posting @AlisonLaw followed me. She’s offering consulting to law firms.
And @Rex7 is looking for a job. He’d be a stellar candidate I think!
I love the ripple social media makes – @barrettdavid followed me on Twitter -his Bio reads: Boston Business Litigation Attorney – World’s Largest LinkedIn Lawyer Network
and from David’s blog -a link to Twitter 101 for Lawyers