I have been so busy with projects and family that my blog reading and posting has fallen to a slow pace in recent weeks.  Over the holidays I pecked out a few things that I really want to spend some time pondering and even perhaps comment in-depth on soon.  Until then I thought I would share a few links with you so that you can turn your wheels of thought on how these evolutions will impact law firms.

Google is attacking case-law.

My quick thought on this development is that the movement for open access to information just took a huge leap forward.  My second thought is that Reed Elsevier and Thomson Reuters have just added a strong competitor to their mix that will diminish their lower tier customers and cut into their revenue streams.  Stephen Arnold has taken a close look at this development and I plan on spending some more time thinking about this in terms of Fastcase and Loislaw too.

Social media in law firms is growing faster than we know. It is causing a shift in how business is, and should be done.  It’s causing law firms and businesses to look for people who can manage social networks for the business adeptly.

Take a look at a few things that blipped on my radar recently:

A job posting on Craig’s List

A discussion about ideal skills for social Media

Generation Y – How do law firms market?

The new age of social media for lawyers

My co-presenter on Social Media over the past few weeks Stuart Adams began a Linked-In group dedicated to  Social Media Search and Forensics. His newest blog SociaLies offers a forward thinking look at Social Media from an entrepreneurial and legal viewpoint on electronic communications and more.

Social media is a force to be reckoned with in all businesses and law firms can not and should not ignore the reality.  There are opportunities and responsibilities that will benefit the bottom-line if handled appropriately.

Google’s move into case-law and social media have geared up the access to information and the way information is shared and managed and law firms need to catch up fast to stay in the race.  Customer expectations are and will continue to shift as the open access movement gains traction.

Constance Ard November 30, 2009