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I’ll be presenting at a Webcast on trends in social media and the law next Friday, June 6, along with Michele L. Gibbons of Jones Day.  See below for a program summary.  You can register by clicking this link:

Social Media Crash and Burn:
Cleaning up the Mess and Rebuilding
LIVE Webcast

In today’s digital age, corporations spend more on online advertising than in print to the tune of billions. However, as the corporate world utilizes social media, they should also be ready and responsive when the inevitable crash and burn occurs. Poorly executed social media campaigns have cost companies and individuals, big time.

Getting ahead of the game is always a good technique to help mitigate the risk and minimize the damages. Once a campaign is out in the wild, there’s no stopping it. You need to think ahead. Join this LIVE Webcast as some of the industry’s great minds share their opinions on best practices for using social media effectively and safely. They will also provide an in-depth look at its features and practical uses. The discussion will also include the following:

Thursday, June 6, 2013
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)

Credit Info:
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Method of Presentation:
Group-Based-Internet
Recommended CLE/CPE Hours:
1.75 – 2.0
Advance Preparation:
Print and review course materials
Course Code: 134422 

• Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media as a Marketing Tool
• Things to Consider in Generating and Implementing Social Media Policies
• Securing Data: Understanding CDA’s Safe Harbor and Privacy law
• Effective Ways of Mitigating and Managing Risks That May Exist
• Significant Legal Issues Related to Social Media Usage
• Damage Control
• Up-to-the minute Regulatory Updates
Social Media Crash and Burn: Cleaning up the Mess and Rebuilding — LIVE Webcast is a must-attend event for In-House Counsel, Risk Officers and Administrators, Data Security Professionals and other related professionals.

Speakers:
Paul G. Karlsgodt, Partner, BakerHostetler
Michele L. Gibbons, Of Counsel, Jones Day
(Note: if CLE or CPE is needed, a minimal/partial processing fee is $49 for the registrant. Otherwise, it’s 100 percent free to participate in the webcast.)
Register for this event
Email: info@knowledgecongress.org with any questions.
(Please note, complimentary passes are available for the first 30 registrants. Once all of the passes are used, attendees can register for the deeply discounted rate of $25 each, courtesy of BakerHostetler.)

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I have to put in a little pitch for one of the many worthy blogs nominated for the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 awards this year.  I must admit my bias.   TheRacetotheBottom.org is edited by one of my favorite law school professors, Jay Brown, and the contributors are students and other faculty from my alma mater, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  However, it is also one of the best sources on the Web for information on corporate governance and securities class actions.  You can vote for TheRacetotheBottom and many other fine law blogs on the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 page.

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I have returned to the world of blogging to find a veritable hurricane of blawg-related activities going on in Denver.  Here are some upcoming events of note:

Guru of social media and the law, Kevin O’Keefe of LexBlog, will be in Denver this weekend.  You can meet him at one of the following events:

  • Beer for Bloggers Event sponsored by the LexBlog and CBA CLE Thursday evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Katie Mullen’s (16th St. Mall at Court Place). 
  • Social media roundables at various locations, including one starting at 10:00 a.m. at Baker Hostetler, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 1100, Denver CO 80203 (please email me at pkarlsgodt@bakerlaw.com if you’d like to attend).
  • CLE presentation for the DU Sturm College of Law All Alumni Weekend, 3:30 p.m. DU College of Law, Room 165 (the program is free for DU Law Alumni). 

In addition, on December 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. I will be one of the speakers in a CBA CLE program entitled Legal and Ethical Implications of Social Media.  My presentation will be entitled “The Ethics of Using Social Media in Law Firm Marketing.”  The other speakers and their topics are:

  • “The Ethical Geek: Ethics Issues for a Digital Practice,” Paul Chan, General Counsel, University of Denver
  • “Electronic Discovery Ethics for Lawyers:  How to Find What You Should and Ignore What You Must,” David K. Isom, Corporate Trial Lawyer and Electronic Discovery Consultant

For more information about this program, please contact Priscila Fulmer pfulmer@cobar.org.

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The guys at the Drug and Device Law Blog have a post outlining “six things we’ve heard” about why no lawyers from the ten most profitable law firms have blogs.  Perhaps wisely, the’ve chosen to stay out of the fray by commenting further.  I do not share their good sense.  I’m completely unqualified to speak to what motivates lawyers at the 10 most profitable firms to do or not do anything, but I will say some things in defense of the benefits of blogging for big firm lawyers.

1. Lawyers at the most profitable firms are stupid:

“‘Profitable’ large law firms don’t see the need or the benefit of doing blogs. Clearly, if they are already doing well, why go to the trouble and work involved in blogging, when too many BigLaw lawyers still believe that the work will always be there. A mistake of course, but a perception nonetheless.”

I can offer no proof that this is a mistaken perception, but it does presuppose that the only reason to do anything is to make more money. 

2. Lawyers at the most profitable firms are too busy:

“The reason they are so profitable is that everyone is working their heads off – nobody has time to blog.”

I started work at 8:21 a.m. today and finished at 11:06 p.m., with 30 minutes off to drive home and pick up a Chipotle burrito on the way, so don’t talk to me about being too busy to blog.

3. Lawyers at those firms won’t stoop to blog:

“They are so profitable that they don’t think they need to stoop to marketing (which is what they think blogging is).”

Could be.  Blogging is the geekiest form of shameless self-promotion, unless you count Twitter.  But it’s also a great outlet for self-expression and a place to share ideas with smart lawyers who share your interests.

4. Lawyers at those firms don’t want to give away their product for free:

“Lawyers at the top ten PPP firms wouldn’t want anyone at the firm to blog because they might divulge the firm’s precious secrets.”

Of course, how to bill 1000 hours for a 150-page brief and the complete history of the juridical link doctrine are secrets worth protecting, but think about how much more money you could make if you made a nickel for every person who clicked on your blog to learn about your firm’s precious secrets.

5. Lawyers at those firms lack the necessary skill set:

“Those high-profit firms are so profitable because they are very good at making money, but the skill sets required for being good at making money may not be the same as the skill sets required to blog.”

ClassActionBlawg.com is proof positive that blogging does not require a skill set.

6. Lawyers at those firms correctly believe that blogging is unlikely to yield a decent return on investment because of the nature of the firms, the work they do, and their clients:

“When your firm name is already well known and your reputation that well established, you wouldn’t add any value by blogging.”

This one is right on.  That’s why you end up with so many law blogs written by nobodies who’ve never accomplished anything and who hope that by starting a blog, you’ll mistake them for someone famous.  Like this one from some guy named Spence who doesn’t even own a proper suit for court: http://gerryspence.wordpress.com/.  Or how about these two: http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/?  They sound more like Becker-POSER to me.

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Here are some blog entries of interest to class action lawyers from this past week:

The Complex Litigator provides a thoughtful response to recent criticisms of California class action law and plaintiffs’-oriented class action lawyers.  (See earlier article for analysis):

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/04/daily-journal-f.html

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/03/class.html

Pom Talk blog for institutional investors discusses proposed EU class action reforms:

http://www.pomtalk.com/pomtalk/2008/04/european-union.html

D & O Diary summarizes subprime-related shareholder derivative lawsuits (see internal link for information on class action lawsuits):

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/04/articles/subprime-litigation/subprimerelated-derivative-lawsuits-the-list/

CAFA Law Blog gives a soulful account of a recent Fifth Circuit decision upholding a Louisiana District Court’s decision to deny remand of a class action filed by the State of Louisiana:

http://www.cafalawblog.com/-case-summaries-hot-off-the-press-looks-like-its-going-to-rain-all-night-for-louisiana-ags-class-action-against-insurers.html

UCL Practitioner addresses proceedings in the lower courts following the California Supreme Court’s Gentry decision regarding enforceability of class action abitration waivers:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/04/second-district.html

Boston ERISA  & Insurance Litigation Blog comments on the impact of the Supreme Court’s LaRue decision involving ERISA Section 502(a)(2) claims and a recent Seventh Circuit Court of appeals decision following LaRue.

http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/archives/401k-plans-what-larue-wrought.html

Securities Litigation Watch provides some details and background on the Deutsche Telekom securities class action trial:

http://slw.riskmetrics.com/2008/04/holy_international_securities.html

Class Action Defense Blog discusses class action discovery issues addressed by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland a hybrid class action – FLSA collective action:

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/04/class_action_defense_discovery.html

Ask Korea Law offers an introduction to the Class Action Act of South Korea:

http://korealaw.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/introduction-to-the-securities-related-class-action-act-of-south-korea/

Portfolio.com comments on attorneys’ fees awarded to various firms in diet drug class action:

http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/daily-brief/2008/04/11/fat-fees-for-diet-drug-disaster

Carlton Fields’ Class Action Blog summarizes a Florida decision reversing class certification on standing grounds:

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=209

This article in Industry Week discusses a survey of trends in securities class actions in 2007:

http://www3.industryweek.com/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=16096

Drug and Device Law blog discusses a recent opinion by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversing class certification in a fraud case involving alleged defective heart valves.

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2008/04/class-cert-reversed-again-in-st-jude.html

An unsuspecting class member laments receiving a $1.42 class action settlement check at FutureGringo.com…

http://www.futuregringo.com/index.php/2008/04/10/a-class-action-windfall/

…and Nation’s Restaurant News takes exception to a firm’s use of the English language in announcing that it “commenced” a class action lawsuit:

http://nrnfoodserviceblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/class-action-by-any-other-name.html

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