Why Attorneys Need Local Legal Twitter Lists


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US by NinJA999.I have been asked by many attorneys on Twitter how to cut down the clutter. Thousands of tweets float through your feed every minute, every hour, every day. It is so overwhelming for many of us, that sometimes it just seems easier to tune out. Sign off. Stop tweeting.

Don’t give up on Twitter.

Learn to use (and create) state-specific attorney Twitter lists. I have listed a dozen to get you started.

I am not encouraging you to join a Family Law twitter list or a Bankruptcy Law Twitter list to stay current with the law, as Niki Black advised you a few weeks ago. That may be helpful for you, or it may not, if you already get your legal updates through your Bar Association or a legal listserv.

I am telling you that if you are a California attorney, you should find (or create) a listserv of California attorneys on Twitter. If you are a lawyer in Arizona, or Colorado, or Minnesota, 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. The same ones that you could easily get to know better over a cup of java after you have tweeted back and forth a bit, because they work in the same city as you, or maybe even the same building.

I created a MinnesotaLegal twitter list. It includes attorneys, paralegals, law students, and a few local law school career services folk. When I sign onto Twitter, I look at my MinnesotaLegal list and see if any of my local colleagues have said something interesting about their personal or professional lives. If so, I write back and engage them. Then – usually – I sign off. That’s it.

No clutter. No time suck. Real results.

Here’s the catch – Twitter lists are so new that few attorneys have created state-specific legal Twitter lists. I’ve scanned Listorious, the Twitter list aggregator, as well as hundreds of profiles of legal twitterers to find this collection of state-specific attorney Twitter lists.

If you are an attorney who lives in one of the states or cities below, start following your local legal twitter list, and contact the list creator if you have attorneys or other legal people to add. If your state is not listed below, I encourage you to create your own local legal twitter list and then give us the url in the comments to this post. If you know of a local attorney list I missed, please mention it in the comments as well.

Twitter lists can be brilliant tools to help local lawyers connect with one another. Try them out. You won’t be disappointed.

Local Attorney Twitter Lists:

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  • Adam

    Great site and resources!

  • Greg Gordillo

    Thanks for the tips on how lists are useful. You motivated me to start using them. The first one I created is an Ohio lawyer list @ggordillo/ohio-attorneys

  • Eugene Mandel

    Very useful tips. A couple of days ago I pointed you to a way to find good Twitter lists of lawyers by taking several lawyers you know of and using our app (http://www.mustexist.com/list_tags) to see what lists they appear on.

    Have you used? If yes, was it helpful?

  • Greg – thanks for creating an Ohio Attorneys list!

    Eugene – I did check out your site and have to look at it more. Seems like a great resource and probably a good way to get to know a twitterer better, by seeing what others are saying about them.

  • TeresaWaldrop

    I’ve just created a Houston Lawyers list. The URL is twitter.com/TeresaWaldrop/houstonlawyers. I found a Texas Lawyers list, URL: twitter.com/CJMcKinney/texaslawyers. Thanks for the helpful info!

  • To all those California lawyers who are on Twitter but not on my list let me know. There are some I didn’t add because the legal-related content is very limited.

    Tamara Thompson

  • Christian Stegmaier

    For South Carolina legal types, there is @cstegmaier/south-carolina-law-tweeps.

    It’s a work in progress.

  • Thanks for your lists Teresa, Tamara and Christian! They look great.

  • Right on Leora, this is what I advocate to my students. Local twitter lists are the way to network on twitter in a way that will very likely result in business for you. I teach how to make this even more effective using direct marketing principles in a social media context to connect with not only local colleagues, but also local potential clients. Let me know if you want to know more about any of that.

    I’m @alexisneely.


  • Jose Cafferata

    I would like to do a list of Buenos Aires, Argentina, lawyers. Which are the steps to follow?
    Jose Maria

  • Jose – that sounds like a great idea. Start by reading Mashable’s how to create a Twitter list article – http://mashable.com/2009/11/02/twitter-lists-guide/. Then, go to Twitter and create your list. Make it public so others can follow it too. Click on the people you’re already following on twitter who fit in your list, and add them to the list you’ve created. Then, when you have time, search for a new attorneys to add to the list. Good luck!