“I don’t think it’s too late to embrace social networking, it just rather disappoints me that other professions use these technologies, and lawyers for some reason are always rather late to the party. I have little doubt that within five years, social media, social networking systems, will play a central role in the daily lives of lawyers.” Richard Susskind, September 2010.
Spot on quote, but it's the legal industry after all - proud sponsors of HornBooks and Sheppardizing. It's not suprising to me that the legal industry is slow to embrace social networking, the good news with social networking is if you wait six months, they'll be something newer, faster and cooler.
For those in the legal profession who are ready to get off the social media sidelines and join the fun, there's an upcoming one-day seminar which features some of the leading thought leaders in legal social media. The Case for Social Media - Managing Your On-Line Presence to Build Your Law Practice conference will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
Conference speakers / topics scheduled to be included are:
Matthew Asbell, Esq., Certified Legal Social Media Strategist will speak on the use and protection of trademarks in social media marketing.
Nicole Black, Esq., founder of lawtechTalk.com and co-author of “Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier” will speak on social media for lawyers.
Larry Bodine, Esq., legal marketing expert and author of the Lawmarketing Blog will speak on business development with LinkedIn.
Steve Crandall, J.D., expert in digital media and business applications of social networks will speak on social media and the law.
Adrian Dayton, Esq., author of “Social Media for Lawyers: Twitter Edition” and the “Legal Marketing: Social Media Edition” blog will speak on starting to bringing in business with social media
Carolyn Elefant, Esq., creator of MyShingle.com, the longest running blog on solo and small firm practice, and co-author of “Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier” will speak on social media for lawyers.
Sharon Nelson, Esq., author of the electronic evidence blog “Ride the Lightning” and co-host of the ABA podcast series “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” will speak on on social media: ethical, compliance, E-discovery and liability implications.
Conrad Saam, runs marketing for Avvo, where he oversees the firm's SEM, SEO, social media, online marketing, email and web analytics initiatives will speak on getting the most out of Avvo.
John Simek, co-author of “The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines” and “Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms” will speak on on social media: ethical, compliance, E-discovery and liability implications.
For those not able to make it to Washington DC there's also a video stream and other technologies available. For more information, conference schedules and registration forms, please visit: http://mylegalmedia.com or call 253-405-7910Copyright ©2013 National Law Forum, LLC