Sunday, October 12, 2008

Web 2.0 for Today's Generation of Lawyers

Last week I was published in The Legal Intelligencer with an article titled: Web 2.0 for Today's Generation of Lawyers. In the article, I explain to reader that:

The majority of today's "next generation" of lawyers graduated from high school in the late '90s or early 2000s. These are the "children of the Web." You likely had e-mail, iPods, text messaging, MySpace and Facebook profiles and access to the World Wide Web all before graduating from college. But this isn't so for the rest of us. Many seasoned attorneys have never listened to a podcast, still don't use e-mail, don't know the difference between the terms YouTube and Boob Tube, and believe the words "social networking" refers to cocktail parties and black-tie galas.

If you're a member of the "next generation" (aka a young lawyer), then you need to understand the "old way of doing things" so you can begin to adopt Web 2.0 in a way that is not offensive to your corporate culture. On the other hand, if you graduated from law school in the age DOS applications or typewriters, listen up. You need to get with the times or be left behind.

I go on to explain blogs, RSS feed, Google alerts, social media and more. To read the full text of the article, go to

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