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LegalTech: Professional Networking – are we way behind or are we catching up with speed of light?

February 15, 2009

Professional Networking session saw Bob Ambrogi discussing professional networking with John Lipsey, Vanessa DiMauro, Olivier Antoine and Eugene Weitz.

Professional networking for lawyers is a topic in need of much discussion and still there are varying views and experiences. There is great understanding that Social Media for lawyers embraces all : Client recommendations, peer recommendations, publishing, etc – how to use it is still being explored with great curiosity. Vanessa Dimauro echoes Chris Brogan’s message from this years CES: It’s not about what we do, it’s how we do it that matters.

John Lipsey discussed elemnts of confidentialty, security and trust. You can listen to his podcast here: http://www.martindale.com/blog/BlogComments.aspx?bid=25583&tid=213&ct=15
And interview with Ambrogi here: http://www.legaltalknetwork.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=351

A few questions were raised re security and privacy. Olivier Antoine highlighted a very valid point: “the risks it presents are not different from risks that already exist”.

Another question raised was around the border – or lackthereof of personal vs professional – Do you keep the personal separate from the professional? This is a hot topic across the industry which I have mentioned in past posts. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops on Legal Networks.

Another interesting issue, which I have to admit never thought about, was Privacy issues in different countries. Eugene discussed the the evolving area of data privacy: asking someone to participate in social sites needs to be examined if can be done all over the world. I do not have much info on this so will be glad to learn more.

Here are some links to blogs showing the different perspectives on Social Media for Lawyers:

Lawyers are still behind – or are they? full details of the session:
http://caselines.blogspot.com/2009/02/legaltech-report-online-networks-and.html

Some might be behind, here’s how to jump ahead:
http://writingthisdown.blogspot.com/2009/02/shouldnt-lawyers-be-tweevangelizing-to.html

How Twitter changed the way we approach TradeShows:
http://www.goclio.com/blog/2009/02/05/ltny-wrap-up-how-twitter-changed-how-we-will-approach-tradeshows/

OR … how some are not so sure about the Twitter buzz by Carolyn Elefant
http://www.myshingle.com/2008/09/articles/tech-web/twitter-a-downpour-of-information-but-the-sun-always-shines/

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