Friday, 30 November 2012

A letter to Inksters: just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean that you can put your Twitter into hibernation


How often should law firms Tweet? This is my response to Brian Inkster and his earlier correspondence on the matter available here.

Inksters Solicitors had always impressed me. They were a vibrant, forward looking and an ever-classy Tweeting law firm. They did what others often didn’t do on Twitter: they were fun, open, interactive and engaging. And they told you all about it on their Twitter bio: a forward thinking law firm, the first Scottish firm on Twitter and an award winning team. The total package it seemed to me.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Digital Law Student: is law school a cave entire of itself?



A startled law graduate, book in hand, takes his first tentative step out of law school.

I entered law school in September 2006 and exited in December 2011, very much startled and blurry eyed. It was, in all honesty, a traumatising experience. For 5 years I had lived within the sanctuary - or cave - of academia, cut off from the rest of the working world. All I had known was books, the dark and dusty library, more books, lectures, papers and more books. An experience with which I’m sure many of you legal people can relate.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Northern Ireland Tweeter of the Week


The Tweeting Lawyer is delighted to lift the curtain on the 5th ever “Northern Ireland Tweeter of the Week Award”. The premier Award for Tweeting excellence that recognises and pays tribute to Northern Ireland Tweeters who Tweet with class and potency and who set the standard for others to follow. 

And remember that’s what this Award is all about: it’s not just an acknowledgement of top Tweeting but also a chance to show other businesses, especially law firms, how Twitter should be done. Anyway we've had some fantastic winners so far and this week’s winner has been no different. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

We’re all amateur lawyers now? If not you’ll need to be.

John Bromley Davenport QC talks about social media law and sentencing 
The Lord McAlpine-affair has just shown how unclear, legally speaking, the world of Twitter is. For years it’s pretty much been a verbal free for all. A world where internet trolls can hide behind the cloak of anonymity and reduce the lives of others to misery. But we’re now in a post-McAlpine world and that world is heralding a new age. An age in which we’re all going to have to become amateur lawyers.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Northern Ireland Tweeter of the Week

Boojum don't just do killer Mexican food - they're also Top Tweeters!
At Twitter for Law Firms we’re delighted to lift the curtain on and unveil the winner of the latest “Northern Ireland Tweeter of the Week Award”. An Award of Tweeting excellence that recognises and pays tribute to Tweeters who Tweet with class and potency and who set the standard for others to follow.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Digital Lawyer: Are You Dangerously Out of Touch?

If you don't do social media you could be seen as out of touch and snooty

Since you're reading this it's likely that you're involved in law and have an appreciation for social media. However to what degree are you doing social media? Are you outside looking in or are you on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? Do you listen, engage, interact regularly and influence others? Do you post daily and often or have you just parked your social media account?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Digital Law Student: The Power of Creating a Digital Identity.

Are you going to be an old-school law student, or are you going to be a Digital Law Student?
Have you ever thought about building an online brand? If not, you should. Whether you’re still in high school or college and want to study law, or whether you’re a Law School fresher, in final year or an employed or unemployed law graduate you should embrace the power of the internet to mould and promote your very own personal and professional legal brand.

Digital Lawyer: What Sort of Digital Legacy Will You Leave Behind?

Are you building a Digital Legacy? Will you leave a Digital Legacy that outlives your Real World life?
We're all going to die someday. We've all strapped into the ride of Human Life and whether we want to accept it or not death is at the end of that road. Even so death is still a difficult subject for all of us. It's the perennial taboo. We simply don't talk about it, even though we know that one day, it will come upon us.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Digital Citizen: Do You Participate in Digital's New World?

Are you a modern frontiersman or woman ready to stake your claim in the Digital World?
The birth of the internet has heralded a new Age: the Age of Digitalism. An Age that has seen the wondrous and insatiable creep of digital. In less that a decade digital has woven itself into every aspect of our daily lives. This Digital Age has also ushered in a new and exciting world for all of humankind to explore - a limitless plain of untouched Digital Land for man and woman to colonise and stake claim to.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Guest Blog: Social Media, Being a Law Student, Networking and Why YOU Need to Be "In It, to Win It!"

Paralegal, law student and aspiring lawyer based in London, Anthony Lyons (@ParalegalTony), talks about how he has used social media to make contacts and break into the legal profession.

LPC student and paralegal Anthony Lyons.
Social media is a buzz word being thrown about not just by teens but by marketing companies, recruitment agencies and business development departments - and usually with the same over-exuberance!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Digital Lawyer: Should Law School Teach Digital Literacy?

Should lawyers be digitally literate? Should digital literacy be taught in law school? These are the questions I asked myself after episode 4, Series 2 of the Digital Human of the BBC Radio 4. For those interested you can listen to the full episode here.
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