Lawyer Connection in an ABA Journal Article

July 28, 2009

A couple months ago, I got a phone call from Barbara Rose, a freelance writer for the American Bar Association Journal, or as it is more commonly know, the ABA Journal. She wanted to know about Lawyer Connection, having already spoken to Victoria Pynchon who suggested Ms. Rose contact me.

I was super excited that anyone from the ABA was taking an interest in yet another lawyer-centered social network, and I think she was equally shocked to discover that the network was created by a non-lawyer. I answered her questions, and directed some other Lawyer Connection members her way. She said she didn’t know if, or when, the article would be published and having spend time as a journalist, I understood. Since then, I hadn’t thought much about it.

A few minutes ago, a Tweet from Vickie popped up in one of my TweetDeck windows:

vpynchon u must scroll to bottom of page for the ABA sidebar on how a tweet started a legal network http://twurl.nl/7nwlwj

Tweet that started a legal network…that rang a bell so I clicked on the link, scrolled to the bottom and low and behold! The piece on Lawyer Connection!

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited, and must publicly thank Vickie as she has taken the reigns and totally run with Lawyer Connection. There are 61 members now, and it keeps growing. It’s pretty amazing to watch, actually, and is just downright exciting. Always so much talk about the need to connect, cultivate a network, ways to go about it but hardly anything that demonstrates what happens when you do connect and cultivate a network. Lawyer Connection stands out as walking the walk while talking the talk. Or, more simply, less thinking/talking and more doing.

Anyway, a big thanks to Vickie for all her work and continued effort, to Ms. Rose for writing the side bar and to the ABA Journal for publishing it.

Can’t wait to see what happens next with Lawyer Connection.

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Introducing Lawyer Connection

May 19, 2009

One of the things I really love about Twitter is the quick action that can happen, be it answering a question, pointing to other research tools or attempting to help many people. Such is how Lawyer Connection came to be.

From the first blog post on Lawyer Connection:

@kevinhell retweeted @indyattorney “Wondering why laid off attorneys dont band together & start a new law firm. Might be some opportunity there.”

@vpynchon asked if anyone wanted to create a Ning site, and so I did, and here it is: Lawyer Connection.

Being laid off is hard. I’ve experienced it, and many others have too. One thing I’ve learned in the 13 months since being laid off is the importance of relationships, be it family, friends, coworkers or that fast network called the Internet. Sites like Twitter help bring people together. I met quite a few of the people I follow while attending ABA Tech, and hope to meet others at Total PMA’s Get A Life Conference.

So a goal of Lawyer Connection is to build on the relationships established through Twitter, Facebook, Conferences, meetings, etc. We all have something to share, and now there is a collective place to share it.

Feel free to check it out, join and by all means, offer suggestions. I’m a Ning novice, and have no doubt people reading this blog are not, and have ideas and ways to get more out of, and do more with, Lawyer Connection.

It’s a start, so now we can build on it.