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The Dos and Don’ts of Researching Judges and Juries Online

It makes sense to research potential jurors, and social media makes it easier than ever. But courts have only recently begun to issue guidance now that researching jurors and other courtroom players online is becoming an increasingly common practice. Researching judges, too, has its advantages. Some jurisdictions, like California, allow you to strike a judge once per case without establishing bias. Although there are limitations […]


Beware of Mixing with Judges on Social Media

Connecting with judges over social media holds a breadth of educational opportunity and insight into the minds of the judiciary. In doing so, you just need to weigh the risks that are also involved.


5-Step Legal Marketing Plan, Step 4: Marketing Strategies

It is time to put together concrete action tasks for getting clients through your door. Here are the best ways to grow your law firm's business:


If You’re Going to Harass the Court On Social Media, Tell the Truth

You already know that social media use can be a confusing minefield for attorneys, and making the right decision can involve weighing a complex matrix of factors. Should you friend the opposing side’s witnesses as you are prepping for a jury trial in the hopes you get a peek at their postings? (Probably not). Should […]


Find Out if Your Profile Photo is Scaring Clients Away

You may be surprised to find out what kind of impression you are making on others.


The TSA’s Pre-Check Program Might Get A Little Personal

Techdirt reports that the TSA is kind of sad that more of you haven’t thrown down money to get your private life inspected to enough of a degree that you are now allowed to be (relatively) waved through airport security. In true Kafka-esque fashion, the TSA is going to solve this problem by putting it […]

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Be Less Awful About Your Social Media Use

Social media is not hard. With a dose of common sense, you'll be tweeting, liking, and linking with the best of them.


Using Social Media During Jury Trials

How can lawyers use social media during jury selection without crossing ethical lines? How can jurors use social media during trial?


Should Law Firms Focus on Social Media or Search Engine Marketing?

Social media and search engine marketing are in one basket. Put your eggs in it.


There is No Such Thing As Online Marketing

If the people you want to sign your retainer agreement cross the line between offline and online as easily as pulling a phone out of their pockets, then you should too.


The Mistakes Lawyers Make with Social Media

So-called "experts" constantly proclaim loudly and frequently that social media is The Answer to just about everything, including getting clients. Lawyers have taken the bait, and have swarmed to social media like flies to honey.


Legal Marketing: a Sucker’s Bet

Lawyers have been engaged in a race to the bottom in the marketing of their services for decades. Over-the-top, sleazy advertising has become synonymous with lawyers in the eyes of many people. It's no wonder that people's perception of lawyers have dropped so low. Marketing for lawyers is a sucker's bet at best.


Intemperate Internet Commenting By New Orleans Prosecutors Has Far-Reaching And Terrible Consequences

After federal prosecutors repeatedly made comments on a major news website encouraging the conviction of the defendants, a federal judge threw out convictions for five police officers found to have shot unarmed citizens during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Are You Accidentally Lawyering on the Internet?

Social media platforms present great new opportunities for lawyers to connect with prospective clients in an informal way. Do they also present great new pitfalls? The ABA is attempting to sort this out, and so are we.

Luddites in Court, Zimmerman Edition

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda attempts to get to the bottom of the witness’s relationship with George Zimmerman’s older brother, looking like an incompetent Luddite in the process.