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Above the Law's Attorney@Blog Conference. March 14, 2014 at the Yale Club, NYC

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March 14, 2014

Join ATL in New York!

Join us at the ATL Attorney@Blog conference, the first-of-its-kind one day convocation of the leading legal bloggers, on Friday March 14th at The Yale Club of NYC.

It's clear that blogging has become a well-established and increasingly important component of the practice of law. The medium is a tool for everything from marketing and business development to legal scholarship. The ATL Attorney@Blog conference will feature a series of panel discussions covering an array of exigent issues facing the legal blogging community, including free speech, race and gender, and technology. Delivering the opening remarks for the conference will be the nation's preeminent First Amendment attorney, Floyd Abrams of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Above the Law editors David Lat, Elie Mystal, Joe Patrice, and Staci Zaretsky will moderate the panels. Panelists will include Tim Wu of Columbia Law School, Joshua Peck of Duane Morris, Karen Sloan of the National Law Journal, Kyle McEntee of Law School Transparency, Marc Randazza of Randazza Legal Group, Kevin O'Keefe of LexBlog, Vivia Chen of the Careerist, Nabiha Syed of Levine Sullivan Koch & Shulz, Jessie Kornberg of Ms. J.D., Will Meyerhofer of the People's Therapist, and many more.

Attorney@Blog's continental breakfast and luncheon will also offer a great opportunity to network with fellow legal bloggers, and of course, all are welcome to blog the proceedings!

Above the Law is partnering with the Marino Legal Academy, an accredited Continuing Legal Education provider, to certify the Attorney@Blog Conference for Continuing Legal Education credits. Are you interested in earning credits by attending the Attorney@Blog Conference? Above the Law and Marino Legal Academy will help you fulfill your mandatory requirements.

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By attending the Attorney@Blog Conference you can earn up to six credits towards your Continuing Legal Education requirement. For questions about your state’s specific Continuing Legal Education rules and requirements, please call Marino Legal Academy at 1-800-562-7466.

Note: Attorneys interested in receiving CLE credit will be contacted by Marino Legal Academy directly to complete the authentication process. Please be on the lookout for e-mail communications from Marino Legal Academy.
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Note: Price includes entire day of activities with lunch and CLE credit.


When What Where

* Check-in with Marino Legal will be required before attending each panel presentation in order to receive CLE credit.
8:00 AM
Doors Open – Registration and Breakfast  
8:45 AM
Welcome Remarks – Floyd Abrams of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Grand Ballroom
9:00–10:15 AM
Panel 1
Free Speech Online
This panel will discuss emerging free speech issues in addition to practical advice on how to avoid violating libel statutes and other related legal pitfalls.

Moderator: David Lat
Confirmed Panelists:
Tim Wu - Columbia Law School
Marc Randazza - Randazza Legal Group
Nabiha Syed - Levine Sullivan Koch & Shulz

2 CLE credits *
Grand Ballroom
10:15–10:45 AM
Coffee Break  
10:45–12:00 PM
Panel 2
The Trolls: Confronting (or Ignoring) Racism and Sexism
This panel will explore the various strategies and best practices (along with their intellectual underpinnings) available to legal bloggers in managing the dark side of the internet: the “trolls” who engage in offensive and hateful (albeit protected) speech.

Moderator: Staci Zaretsky
Confirmed Panelists:
Vivia Chen - The Careerist
Jessie Kornberg - Ms. J.D.
Will Meyerhofer - The People's Therapist

2 CLE credits *
Grand Ballroom
12:00–1:30 PM
Lunch + ATL Panel Rooftop Dining Room
1:30–2:45 PM
Panel 3
Blogs as Agents of Change
Using the embattled legal education model as a case study, this session will explore the degree to which blogs and bloggers are a by-product or prime mover behind the way in which the profession is being forced to challenge some of its basic assumptions.

Moderator: Elie Mystal
Confirmed Panelists:
Karen Sloan - The National Law Journal
Kyle McEntee - Law School Transparency
Joshua Peck - Duane Morris

2 CLE credits *
Grand Ballroom
2:45–3:15 PM
Coffee Break  
3:15–4:30 PM
Panel 4
Emerging Technical Trends & Best Practices
This panel will explore the intersection of social technologies and the law. Topics to include content strategy, the use of social media for business development, SEO, blogging platforms, and more.

Moderator: Joe Patrice
Confirmed Panelists:
Kevin O'Keefe - LexBlog
Guy Alvarez - Good2BSocial
Grand Ballroom
4:30–5:00 PM
Wrap Up / Closing Remarks Grand Ballroom


  • Tim Wu

    Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, and professor at Columbia Law School. His book, The Master Switch was named a best book of the year by the New Yorker, Amazon, Scribes, Publisher's Weekly, and other publications.

    Tim Wu's best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he has written widely about private power, free speech, copyright and antitrust. He has served as a senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, Chair of Media reform group Free Press, as a fellow at Google, and worked for Riverstone Networks in the telecommunications industry. He was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Justice Stephen Breyer. He graduated from McGill University (B.Sc.), and Harvard Law School.

    Wu writes for Slate, and has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Wall St. Journal and other publications. Wu has been recognized by Scientific American magazine, National Law Journal, 02138 Magazine, and the World Economic Forum. He also twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing.

  • Marc J. Randazza

    Marc J. Randazza is the managing partner of the firm, Randazza Legal Group and splits his time between the Las Vegas and Miami offices. He is a nationally-known First Amendment and intellectual property attorney, and handles litigation and transactional matters nationwide. Randazza’s First Amendment calling came to him at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst, where he studied Journalism, but focused most of his studies on First Amendment legal issues. After college, he worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and Rome and Palermo, Italy, with sojourns on fishing vessels in Alaska, and oil tankers, tugboats, and freighters in the Caribbean and South Florida. After his journalist and mariner days, he attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree, and where he spent time clerking for the Supreme Court of Vermont and for Rydin Carlsten Advokatbyrå, a Stockholm-based intellectual property law firm.

    His practice includes representation of defendants in SLAPP actions, protestors, and other free speech cases as well as intellectual property litigation and transactions. His practice includes representation of Internet businesses with Section 230 protection, adult entertainment businesses, and other businesses and individuals in intellectual property and free speech matters.

    In 2012, Randazza was honored by Vegas, Inc. as one of Southern Nevada’s best attorneys for lawsuits and disputes.

  • Nabiha Sayed

    Nabiha Syed is an attorney at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz, LLP. Nabiha represents media clients in a wide range of content-related matters. Prior to joining LSKS, she was the First Amendment Fellow in The New York Times Company’s legal department, where she counseled reporters on legal issues in newsgathering and litigated access to courts and freedom-of-information issues.

    Nabiha co-founded and served as director of Yale Law School's media law clinic. In that capacity, she successfully briefed and argued several open records cases. Following Nabiha’s graduation from Yale, she received a Marshall Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where she studied comparative approaches to libel, copyright, and freedom of information.

    Nabiha is a contributor to SCOTUSBlog and Slate.com. She also is the co-creator and co-editor of DroneU.org, a website devoted to exploring the legal, political, and social issues concerning drone technology.

    Nabiha received her JD from Yale Law School in 2010.

  • Jessie Kornberg

    Jessie Kornberg is a litigator at the Los Angeles boutique Bird Marella. She maintains a varied practice, including complex civil litigation, white collar defense, and internal investigations. Recent matters include leading her trial team to victory in the 6th-largest intellectual property verdict in California in 2013. Last year Jessie was honored as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" and one of The Recorder's "Lawyers on the Fast Track."

    Prior to joining Bird Marella, Jessie served as the Executive Director of Ms. JD, a national non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal profession. Ms. JD's blog was founded in direct response to a notorious case of online bullying: the AutoAdmit attack on Jill Filipovic. Following this start as an online community for women in law, Ms. JD grew, under Jessie's leadership, to include more than 70 campus chapters, a scholarship fund, a think tank, and an online library for best practice guides and academic scholarship. Jessie is a frequent speaker on issues pertaining to women in law and in 2011 she was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Presidential Commission on Women in the Profession.

  • Will Meyerhofer

    Will Meyerhofer is the author of Way Worse than Being a Dentist: the Lawyer's Quest for Meaning. He has also written a book introducing and elaborating upon the central concepts of psychotherapy, Life is a Brief Opportunity for Joy. Will writes regularly for Above The Law, and maintains a blog about life, the law and psychotherapy, at www.thepeoplestherapist.com. He attended Harvard College, the NYU School of Law, and the Hunter College School of Social Work. From 1997 to 1999, Will worked as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. Since 2005 he's been a psychotherapist with a private practice in downtown Manhattan and a somewhat inadvertent specialty in working with lawyers. Will's new book, a comic novel about a psychotherapist who falls in love with a blue alien from outer space, is called Bad Therapist: A Romance. For more information about Will and his practice, please visit www.aquietroom.com.

  • Kyle McEntee

    Kyle McEntee is a prominent commentator and author on legal education reform. In 2009, Kyle co-founded Law School Transparency, a nonprofit that fights to make entry to the legal profession more transparent, affordable, and fair. He is widely recognized for challenging law schools, state bar associations, and the ABA to change business as usual in the world of legal education.

    Kyle is the youngest lawyer ever to be named on the National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In the past three years, National Jurist magazine named him among the most influential in legal education, the ABA Journal selected him as a Legal Rebel, and Fastcase honored him for being among the most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law. While still a law student at Vanderbilt, Kyle was named Above the Law's 2010 Lawyer of the Year. He lives in Washington D.C.

  • Karen Sloan

    Karen Sloan is a reporter at The National Law Journal, where she covers legal education, diversity in the legal profession, and legal business trends. Before that, she was the City Hall reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, and covered public safety and court for The Brunswick News in Brunswick, Georgia.

  • Kevin O'Keefe

    I founded LexBlog more than ten years ago because I wanted to help lawyers use the Internet to build relationships and generate a word-of-mouth reputation as a trusted and reliable authority. Using the Internet to communicate and network through blogs and social media can change the lives of lawyers and the public we serve. As a former trial lawyer, I have long been passionate about the way the Internet builds trust and connects people in a real and meaningful way. It's a gift.

    I do my best to help lawyers, law students, and business professionals through speaking engagements across the country. My blog, Real Lawyers Have Blogs, and my daily Tweets, sharing insight and commentary to help folks, have turned out to be must reads among the profession and media circles.

    Throughout my professional life as a trial lawyer, entrepreneur, and corporate officer at a major company, I have done my best to serve others and to make the world a better place. Go M's!

  • Guy Alvarez

    Guy is the Chief Engagement Officer at Good2bSocial, LLC, a consulting company that helps law firms and legal professionals understand how to use social media to delight their customers, engage with their prospects, and enable their employees to become more productive and innovative.

    Guy started out as a lawyer practicing international trade law at a boutique firm. While at the firm, He learned how to use the Internet to attract new clients. In an effort to leverage what he had learned, Guy left the practice of law and focused on helping lawyers and other professionals harness the power of the Internet and Social Media to market their services.

    Guy has worked for American Lawyer Media, KPMG, Lexis-Nexis, Practising Law Institute and Pernod Ricard in various leadership roles with a concentration on digital marketing and social media.