[T]his might be a helpful alert to lawyers who are hiring someone to try to promote their sites: It’s possible that the promotion might consist of behavior that is par for the course for purported penis enlargement products, but not really in keeping with the sort of reputation that lawyers generally seek to cultivate.
- 24 Jan 2012 at 3:19 PM
- Bad Ideas, Blogging, Eugene Volokh, Junk Email / Spam, Lawyer Advertising, Quote of the Day, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology
Tags: Adventures in Lawyer Advertising, Bad Ideas, Blogging, Eugene Volokh, Fake Penis, Junk Email / Spam, Law Firm Websites, Lawyer Advertising, Online marketing, Penis, Penis enlargement, Permission Marketing, Quote of the Day, Social Media, social networking, Social Networking Websites, Spam, Technology
- 28 Dec 2011 at 9:15 AM
- 2nd Circuit, Biglaw, Divorce Train Wrecks, Holidays and Seasons, Jed Rakoff, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Twittering, Women's Issues
* Like a virgin, detained for the very first time: thanks to this court order, Egypt will be forced to come out of the dark ages and ban virginity tests for female detainees and military prisoners. [CNN]
Tags: 2nd Circuit, Asia, Biglaw, Boston, Christmas, Citigroup, Coach, Divorce, Divorce Law, Divorce Train Wrecks, Divorces, Egypt, GuidoFawkes, Holidays, Holidays and Seasons, Jed Rakoff, Jed S. Rakoff, John Whiting, Judge Jed Rakoff, Judge Rakoff, Justina Cardoso, Las Vegas, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Morning Docket, MTA, New Year's Resolutions, New York, Nude Dancing, Santa, Santa Claus, SCOTUS, SEC, Second Circuit, Securities and Exchange Commission, Sinead O'Connor, Snow, Social Media, social networking, Social Networking Websites, Stripper, Strippers, Subpoenas, Supreme Court, Theft, Twitter, Twittering, Virgin, Virginity, Virgins, What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas, Women's Issues, Women's Rights
* Professor Glenn Reynolds notes Lindsay Lohan’s swift movement through the jail system. [Instapundit]
* Professor Orin Kerr notes Professor Stephen Higginson’s swift movement onto the Fifth Circuit — in apparent violation of the rule in judicial nominations “that a circuit court nominee with Supreme-Court-level credentials will have a harder time getting confirmed than a nominee without those credentials.” [Volokh Conspiracy]
* If you’re having a hard time keeping track of all the lawsuits in which law firms and their partners are parties rather than counsel, check out this handy guide from Brian Baxter. [Am Law Daily]
* How would you like your soon-to-be-ex spouse to have your Facebook and Match.com passwords? [Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]
* And here’s commentary on Karen Sloan’s NLJ piece by Professor Paul Horwitz. [PrawfsBlawg]
Tags: 5th Circuit, Biglaw, Blogging, Brian Baxter, Divorce, Divorce Law, Divorce Train Wrecks, Divorces, Facebook, Fifth Circuit, In-House Counsel, Inside the Law School Scam, Karen Sloan, Kimber A. Russell, Kimber Russell, Larry Ribstein, LiLo, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Orin Kerr, Paul Campos, Paul F. Campos, Paul Horwitz, Scamblogs, SCOTUS Potential, Social Media, social networking, Social Networking Websites, Stephen Higginson
- 13 Oct 2011 at 2:46 PM
- California, Cyberlaw, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Facebook, Privacy, Social Networking Websites, Technology
Earlier this week, the federal government got some heat for allegedly violating the common man’s electronic privacy by snooping around in email and the like. Today we have a lawsuit from Kentucky accusing a tech company, specifically Facebook, of doing nearly the same thing.
What is going on? It’s almost like there’s no privacy anywhere anymore! (I’m kidding, of course: Privacy completely disappeared years ago.)
The suit, filed by an average Facebook user like you or me (well, most of you are lawyers, so not quite like you), claims a class of 150 million people, and damages of hundreds or thousands of dollars per class member. Exactly what heinous offense has Facebook supposedly committed?
I’m so glad you asked….
- 31 Aug 2011 at 12:59 PM
- Fabulosity, Facebook, Lawyer Advertising, Parties, Small Law Firms, Social Networking Websites, Solo Practitioners
The legal profession isn’t known for its sense of humor. On the contrary, most attorneys take themselves way too seriously. As a result, we see some pretty ridiculous attorney advertising that ends up being unintentionally funny. And while we’re happy to poke gentle fun at these websites and ads, our commentary isn’t always well received. Because another thing that lawyers aren’t known for is the ability to accept criticism.
Knoxville attorney Stephen A. Burroughs, a personal injury and auto accident lawyer and my new favorite person, is an exception to these rules. Anyone from the Knoxville area is likely familiar with Burroughs, having seen his serious, bearded face on billboards all over town.
The ads were so ubiquitous, and Burroughs’s gaze so smoldering and intense, that someone created a Facebook page devoted to Stephen A. Burroughs Memes, transforming Burroughs into Knoxville’s answer to The Most Interesting Man in the World. As the Facebook page gained popularity, the funny memes started pouring in.
Even better than the jokes, though, was Burroughs’s unexpectedly awesome response….
Tags: Adventures in Lawyer Advertising, Awesomeness, Fabulosity, Facebook, Knoxville, Lawyer Advertising, Parties, Ryan Clark, Small Law Firms, Social Media, social networking, Social Networking Websites, Solo Practitioners, Stephen A. Burroughs Memes, Steven A. Burroughs, Steven Burroughs, Swag, Swagfest, Tennessee
- 29 Aug 2011 at 8:14 PM
- Crime, Deaths, Election 2012, Facebook, Gay, Gay Marriage, Jury Duty, Ken Lay, Laurence Tribe, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Social Networking Websites
* You can sleep when you’re dead — and you can prevail against the IRS in litigation, too (as the late Ken Lay just did). [TaxProf Blog]
* Professor Daniel Hamermesh asks: “Why not offer legal protections to the ugly, as we do with racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women and handicapped individuals?” [New York Times via ABA Journal]
* Professor Larry Ribstein: “Law is waiting for its Steve Jobs (or Bill Gates). When he or she arrives it could be a lot more important than the iPhone.” [Truth on the Market]
* This juror should at least have put the defendant on “Limited Profile.” [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
Tags: Burglary, Crime, Damn that's ugly, Daniel Hamermesh, Daniel S. Hamermesh, Death, Deaths, Election 2012, Enron, Facebook, Gay, Gay Marriage, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Jury Duty, Ken Lay, Larry Ribstein, Larry Tribe, Laurence Tribe, Marriage, Michele Bachmann, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, social networking, Social Networking Websites, Steve Jobs, Steven Jobs, Stolen Valor Act, Tax, Tax Law, Taxes, This could get ugly, Ugly people
- 29 Aug 2011 at 1:38 PM
- Biglaw, Blackberry-Crackberry, Small Law Firms, Social Networking Websites, Technology
Like many of you on the East Coast, I’ve been spending my Sunday without power, thanks to Hurricane Irene. As I write this Sunday night, we’re in our eighth hour without electricity. Thankfully, other than losing some small branches and a bunch of leaves, we fared pretty well in what was left of the tropical storm. And the Red Sox swept their storm-related Saturday doubleheader, so there’s that.
But without electricity, I’m writing this post by candlelight and quill pen. OK, not really. Candlelight and iPad. But consider that I’m sacrificing one of my ten hours of iPad juice for this instead of beating my kids at Cut the Rope, or whatever. I know: you can thank me later.
Actually, losing power got me thinking about just how much I rely on electricity and computers and iPads and iPhones, and also how much that reliance has increased since I started law school, 20 years ago this week. And over the years, I came to appreciate just how much technology has allowed small firms to compete with our Biglaw colleagues.
What are the five biggest ways that technology has empowered (if you will) small firms?
* Germany essentially outlaws the “like” button on Facebook. Really, why did we let them reunify? Did we all honestly think that was a good idea? [BuzzMachine]
* West Memphis Three could be getting out of jail. Umm… hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife? [WSJ Law Blog]
* Is an MBA just as bad of a bet as a JD? [Law & More]
* The hippies who don’t like genetically engineered crops need to remember that not everybody can afford to waste money on produce grown
inefficiently archaically organically. [Volokh Conspiracy]
* Is that kiddie porn on your shirt or did you just buy it from Urban Outfitters? [Gawker]
* You can’t blame your e-discovery vendor when things go wrong. [Law & Technology / Forbes]
* I’m very glad that everybody is now here at the “there’s a huge problem with the market for legal education” party. Can I interest anybody in the “prospective law students are incapable of making a rational choice” punch? It’s spiked with Absolut Special Snowflake and it gives everybody the same deranged sense of self worth as new law student. [Truth on the Market]
* Of course, if you absolutely must go to law school, think outside the box and be ready to take advantage of any opportunity. You are responsible for your own career from day one. [An Associate's Mind]
- 11 Aug 2011 at 5:17 PM
- Deaths, Facebook, Federal Judges, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Social Networking Websites, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Terence Evans
* I’m not that familiar with canon law, but I don’t think it looks favorably upon alleged groping of teenage girls. [La Crosse Tribune]
* Professor Douglas Berman wonders if there should be a social networking website designed for use by prisoners. (Commenter challenge: come up with a name for this “Facebook for jailbirds” social network.) [Sentencing Law and Policy]
* Stroock stricken with lawsuit by former partner. [Am Law Daily]
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past six years. You can reach them by email: [email protected].
Since late last year, things have been booming in Hong Kong / China in cap markets, especially Hong Kong IPOs. M&A deal flow has recently been getting a bit stronger as well. Although one can’t predict such things with any certainty, all signs are pointing to a banner entire 2014 for the top end US corporate and cap markets practices in Hong Kong / China. This is not really new news, as its been the feeling most in the market have had for a few months now and things continue to look good.
The head of our Asia practice, Evan Jowers, has been in Hong Kong for about 10 days a month (with trips every other month to both Shanghai and Bejing) for the past 7 months (Robert Kinney and Evan Jowers will be in Hong Kong again March 15 to 23), and spending most of his time there meeting with senior US hiring partners at just about all the major US and UK firms there, as well as prospective candidates at all associate levels and partner levels, and when in the US, Evan works Asia hours and is regularly on the phone with such persons, as our the other members of our Asia team. Our Yuliya Vinokurova is in Hong Kong every other month and Robert is there about 5 times a year as well. While we have a solid Asia team of recruiters, Evan Jowers will spend at least some time with all of our candidates for Asia position. We have had long standing relationships, and good friendships in some cases, with hiring partners and other senior US partners in Asia for 8 years now.Keep reading »
Are you challenged by the costs and logistics of maintaining your office, distracting you from the practice of law?
Many small firms are successfully moving part—or even all—of their practice to a virtual setting. This even includes multi-jurisdictional practice spanning several states and practice areas, although solo and small partnerships are still the largest adopters of virtual law.
Can you do the same? The new article Mobile in Practice, Virtual by Design from author Jared Correia, Esq., explores how mobile technology bring real-life benefits to a small law firm. Read this new article—the next in Thomson Reuters’ Independent Thinking series for small firms—to explore how a mobile practice:Keep reading »
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