Leora Maccabee

Leora Maccabee is a litigation associate at the Maslon law firm. An expert in the use of social media for legal professionals, you can also find Leora on Twitter and LinkedIn.

10 Legal Writing Tips From Bryan Garner

Bryan Garner's great legal writing advice from "Advanced Legal Writing & Editing."

Start a Law Firm: Tidbits from Twitter

Last week I joined Sam Glover of Lawyerist and Blois Olson of Tunheim Partners to teach a seminar on websites, online marketing and social media to 100+ lawyers in the process of hanging out their own shingles as part of a day-long “How to How to Start & Build a Successful Law Firm” CLE. In […]

Online Budgeting for Young Lawyers

Whether you are working at a law firm, at the public defender's office, starting your own law practice, waiting tables while you look for legal employment, or in law school and planning ahead, Mint.com can become your new best friend.

Why Attorneys Need Local Legal Twitter Lists

You should be using Twitter lists to connect with your local colleagues--the same ones that you will run into at a regional conference, or a local CLE.

Beware the Post-Bar-Exam Blues

While Thanksgiving dinner may still be awkward and painful (perhaps for more reasons than your economic situation), you do not have to face the next few weeks or months of post bar exam blues alone. This week, set an appointment on your calendar to sit down, evaluate and develop an action plan for the most important client you will ever have -- yourself.

Uncluttering LinkedIn

I jumped onto the LinkedIn bandwagon in college, added all my classmates in law school, and reached out to old colleagues to re-connect once I was looking for new jobs and legal opportunities. I have pushed law students to join LinkedIn, told lawyers how to use LinkedIn (and other social media sites) ethically, and done one-on-one LinkedIn trainings […]

Why Lawyers Should Not “Quit” Facebook

Virginia Heffernan would have us believe we are experiencing a “Facebook Exodus,” or so she lamented  in the New York Times magazine this weekend. Describing the packs of former users signing off the site for good, she wondered if Facebook was no more than a college clique, doomed to become an “online ghost town, run […]

Twitter-sourced bar exam advice in 140 characters or less

If you are taking the bar exam next week, you are probably already getting advice from friends, family, high school buddies on Facebook, and any other random people you run into when you are not curled up beneath your BarBri study aids. I have also been getting advice from lawyers I communicate with on Twitter, […]

Legal marketing ethics in a Web 2.0 world

As I signed off of the American Bar Association’s CLE webcast and phone conference yesterday, Ethical Implications of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World, I was left, not surprisingly, with more questions than answers. The CLE provided no magic bullet or easy catch-all answer, but the speakers—Micah Buchdahl, Michael P. Downey, and Scott G. Wolfe, […]

When lawyers spy through Facebook: the ethics of “regional network” changes

Is it ethical for a lawyer to change Facebook settings in order to investigate or spy on opposing parties? Learn the opinions of nearly a dozen law experts on this potential Facebook legal ethics issue.

Why lawyers must join the Twitter news revolution

Saturday night I joined millions of Twitterers around the world to follow the news about the post-election protests in Iran in a news medium more exciting, terrifying and awe-inspiring than anything I had experienced before. I was participating in Twitter’s news revolution. It felt like news via lightning-strike. As a former student of political science […]

Bar exam studies under way? Tips from someone in your shoes

I am in your shoes And they are tight and sweaty and uncomfortable. The BarBri class to prepare for the bar examination (Minnesota, in my case) has taken over my mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and any free time in between. Like many of you, on top of studying, I had to move into a new […]

Land your dream job on Twitter

Whether you are already a Twitter guru, or are just beginning to curiously test its waters, here are the best resources for finding your legal dream job on Twitter, with a bit of general Twitter advice as well. General Twitter Advice If you’re not yet on Twitter, here are my short and sweet tips:

Public interest law grads now get LexisNexis for free

In response to feedback (including some from yours truly) from bloggers, students and law school administrators, LexisNexis has expanded the free legal research services it is providing to law school graduates doing work for the public good. Kudos to LexisNexis for the quick turn-around. Last week the company was offering free legal research services through […]

LexisNexis’ new public interest program: just another marketing pitch?

Update: LexisNexis has expanded eligibility for its ASPIRE program to include all law school graduates pursuing public interest work, until September 2010. LexisNexis has just kicked off registration for ASPIRE, a new program providing free access to a “robust menu of materials” including federal/state cases, codes, regulations, and law reviews to law school graduates working […]