Another day, another judge with a social media problem.
Lawyers and law firms would be well-advised to learn how to build a social network on Facebook — and then how to use video to build relationships and a reputation.
* These kind of technicalities are why people hate lawyers: A judge is requiring Bindi Irwin submit proof that her father, Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, is dead in order to collect her Dancing With The Stars money. Or, you know, he could look at the internet. [Gawker]
* Law professor gets ripped for “ridiculous” stance on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. [Techdirt]
* The 5 New York District Attorneys are seeking a raise, hoping to bring their salary up to a whooping $250,000. Which actually seems entirely reasonable. [New York Daily News]
* Good news for the Facebook obsessed — the Second Circuit has found “liking” something is a protected activity. [The Modern Workplace]
* Oh, the shame of going to Harvard Law. [Washington Post]
* Are legal tech startups lying to you? [Associate’s Mind]
* Exploring the disjunction between legal scholarship and legal practice. [TaxProf Blog]
This is the worst social media policy that you’ve probably ever seen.
Facebook represents an increasingly important method of distributing your legal publications.
* From attorney to bag designer: the career of Annette Ferber. [Corp! Magazine]
* Twitter goes head-to-head with Gawker Media over the copyright of GIFs. [io9]
* Concerns about the judicial temperament of Judge Barry Williams, who is presiding over the Freddie Gray case. [Katz Justice]
* All is not lost if you drop out of law school. [Law and More]
* Why do attorneys struggle with customer reviews? [Technology & Marketing Law Blog]
* Judge cleared of wrongdoing for posting about a case in front of her on Facebook. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]
* All the legal considerations before you host your “Love and Sex with Robots” conference in Malaysia. [Slate]
* Dewey know what Justice Robert Stolz will do now that the jury has declared itself deadlocked on most charges? Tune in later today. [American Lawyer]
* Thanks to sentencing reform, the Justice Department will release about 6,000 inmates from prison starting later this month. [New York Times]
* Speaking of the DOJ, BP will settle Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims with the feds for a whopping $20 billion. [ABA Journal]
* 50 Cent’s malpractice suit against his ex-lawyers seeks 7.5 billion cents. [Law360]
* When legal recruiters sue each other, things can get ugly — fast. [American Lawyer]
I’m not even sure what she said, but people are taking Facebook very seriously.
People watch short videos to learn pretty much everything. And they do it exactly when they need to learn – whether it’s to tie a bow tie an hour before a wedding or make a martini just before the party starts. Hotshot is bringing that concept to the legal industry. We think you should be […]
Are you tired of the obviously stupid “Facebook has no right to my private information” post going around? Well, so is John Oliver.
Kevin O’Keefe is betting on firm-branded publications, whether we call them blogs or anything else that publishers can call their own.
We hope you realize that this copyright and privacy notice means the same thing it did when it was posted it in 2012, 2013, 2014, and earlier in 2015: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
* Well, this is one way to deal with the Free the Nipple campaign: ban sideboob and underboob. And while you’re at it, legalize public boners because consistency is hard. Heh. [Vice]
* The Pope’s homelessness chops are on point. [What About Paris?]
* This is the absolute best way to troll prestige whores. [Daily Lawyer Tips]
* Is this the best recommendation letter ever? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* This is how bigamy cases go down in the world of Facebook. [Legal Juice]
* Using forensic evidence to document human rights abuses. [Pacific Standard]
* What’s going on with Janet Yellen? [Dealbreaker]
* Interesting to legal nerds (and maybe others). The Justice Department’s very influential Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) — the division that produced the torture memos, among other things — cranks out a lot of law professors. [Yale Journal on Regulation]
* Talk about Texas justice: After an elderly couple called animal control on a family with four dogs and caused them to be assessed a $121 fine, the dog-owning family posted this eloquently worded sign on their lawn. [San Francisco Chronicle]
* Chicago Blawkhawks hockey player Patrick Kane has been accused of rape, so naturally, his lawyer took to Facebook to defend his client in a hat trick of idiocy by engaging with bloggers, commenters, and witnesses, as one does. [CBS Chicago]
* Just when you thought you’d memorized all of the hearsay exceptions, the judiciary says it’s thinking of tossing one out. It may be popular on the bar exam, but it’s time to say goodbye to the otherwise rarely used ancient documents rule. [National Law Journal]
* British firms are borrowing “record sums” to fund expansion, and many have increased associate pay to compete with the U.S. firms with higher pay scales across the pond. Perhaps Biglaw firms ought to consider spreading the wealth over here. [Financial Times]
* After having served 10 months in prison for killing his girlfriend, a law school graduate turned model, Oscar Pistorius is ready to move on to “mansion arrest” for the remainder of his sentence. Man, it must be nice to be a wealthy convict in South Africa. [Reuters]
Maybe we shouldn’t condemn this picture as much as ask if it casts light on deeper issues.
The legal profession has a long way to go when it comes to diversity and inclusion, according to columnist Renwei Chung, but some firms are doing a great job of positively distinguishing themselves in these areas.
Police arrested a 30-year-old New Jersey resident for aggravated assault, and making terroristic threats, because he posted something on Facebook, which implied that he condones violence against abusive law enforcement officers that harass innocent citizens.