Jim Calloway, Kevin O’Keefe and Sharon Nelson share opinions on the ethics of lawyer blogs using material not written by the lawyer, also known as “ghost blogging” a Digital Edge Podcast entitled Lawyers Swarm to Ghost Blogging, But is it Ethical? Digital Edge Podcast.
I don’t have a giant problem with law firms using marketing materials written by others. Vendors have been providing such materials for decades. To the degree a lawyer is presenting the blog as representing his unique insights, ghost blogging might be problematic in some situations.
Carolyn Elefant gives the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) a well deserved bashing for Ethics Opinion (EO) 972, on lawyer use of LinkedIn’s “specialty” features.
Without serious reform of ethics codes, or at least the use of common sense in interpretation, state bar committees are in danger of becoming irrelevant.
What’s the biggest problem with Rick Klau‘s venerable blog, tins ::: Rick Klau’s Blog?
He doesn’t post enough. His job at Google keeps him way too busy.
Well, you can still follow him on Twitter and mine his blog archives for posts like this one describing his thoughtful approach to creating a family photo server.
Bob Ambrogi has some tips for finding lawyers on Twitter:
When lawyers who are new to Twitter ask me how to find other lawyers to follow, I point them to either of two directories, LexTweet, operated by the folks at legal blog company LexBlog, and LegalBirds, part of the Justia legal portal. Both of these enable you to find lawyers on Twitter by popularity and location. In addition, LegalBirds organizes them by practice areas, so if you want to find an estate-planning lawyer on Twitter, you can.
Better late than never, right? Way back in 2004 I wrote an article called, “Blogs as a Disruptive Technology” for the ABA’s Law Practice magazine. A key thesis was:
What makes this even more interesting is that sophisticated blog software such as Movable Type [since supplanted as market leader WordPress] is flexible enough to be used to achieve any desired design effect. The site can look like a blog, or it can look like a conventional Web site–a very high-quality one.
A recent Kevin O’Keefe post gives me the impression that the educational community is belatedly coming to realize the truth of my assessment:
Rather than look at WordPress as solely a blog platform, Burt says educators ought to leverage WordPress to meet all sorts of web and technology needs.
Burt demonstrates the the range of WordPress with 29 current university and higher education sites, including the below.
- University website
- Marketing site
- Professor blogs
- Research findings
- Online courses
- Alumni magazines
- Library blogs
- Admissions sites
- Student portfolios
- Faculty bios
- Course blogs
- Summer program
- Student organizations
WordPress is perfect for law schools. Law schools have limited technology budgets and technology personnel. Law schools are also lagging in there use of innovative publishing and social media solutions.