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How To Create A Strong Personal Brand Through Storytelling And Digital Content

Not sure where to begin building your personal brand? Here are some tips to get you started.
Tags: Law, Linkedin, Biglaw, Personal Brand, Wendi Weiner


The LinkedIn Lawyer

The LinkedIn lawyer is connected, savvy, and rarely phased by the unexpected.
Tags: Technology, Law, Linkedin, Branding, Job Searches, Olga V. Mack


CCPA Data Breach Lawsuit Against Walmart Fails–Gardiner v. Walmart

This is a data breach lawsuit against Walmart in which plaintiff (on his own behalf and on behalf of a putative class) asserts that his data is being currently sold on the dark web. Plaintiff asserted the typical claims, but also one under the California Consumer Privacy Act. The judge dismisses the lawsuit saying the claims are inadequately pled. While the court gives plaintiff a chance to cure the deficiencies, it gives a signal that the court will closely scrutinize any amended pleading. The...
Tags: Law, Linkedin, Walmart, E-commerce, Best, Starbucks, Low, Anderson, Privacy/security, Reilly, Ninth Circuit, Katz, Gardiner, Ruiz, Piñero, Tsao


Sharing Blog Posts to LinkedIn Won’t Get Them Seen on LinkedIn

Lawyers and law firms are told to share their blog posts on LinkedIn to get their posts seen. Sharing blog posts is not enough to get your posts seen, if getting your posts seen, alone, is even a worthwhile end goal. What is seen on LinkedIn, just like Facebook, is fueled by algorithms. Since Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, four years ago, those algorithms have gotten better and better. When you share content on LinkedIn, the content is not seen by your connections or anyone e...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Linkedin


What to do if you didn't get into law school

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Insider 2021 saw a 20% increase in law school applications compared to 2020. After all that work and competition, dealing with law school rejection can be really hard. We outlined what to do if you want to apply again - or pursue a different career path. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Applying to law school is no picnic - it involves rigorous studying for the LSAT, an impeccable perso...
Tags: Law, Stanford, Trends, Linkedin, Graduate School, Career Development, Carnegie Mellon University, Cohen, Clemson University, Tepper School of Business, US Department of Labor, Whitmore, Lopes, Babson College, Lauren Cohen, Mike Spivey


Thursday Thinkpiece: Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing, 2/e

Periodically on Thursdays, we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the site’s contact form. Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing, 2/e Author: Neil Guthrie ISBN: 9781552215692 Publisher: Irwin Law Inc. Page Count: 300 pages Publication Date: April 9, 2021 Regular Price: $60 Excerpt: 159–62 and...
Tags: UK, England, London, Law, US, Linkedin, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, New York Times, Bulgaria, North America, Shakespeare, British Columbia, Orwell, Maria


When It Came to @RealDonaldTrump, Twitter Couldn’t Please Everyone–Rutenberg v. Twitter

The plaintiff Maria Rutenberg (a lawyer, perhaps not surprisingly) was unhappy Twitter shut down the @realdonaldtrump account, which meant she lost the opportunity to read and engage with Trump’s tweets. So, represented by a lawyer (Mark Javitch), she sued Twitter for violating her civil rights. It only takes a few pages for the court to say that Twitter isn’t a state actor, Section 1983 doesn’t apply to it, case closed: Rutenburg makes no allegation that Twitter exercised any state right or p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Linkedin, Icann, Johnson, Alphabet, Wilson, Trump, Federal, Thomas, Perez, Lewis, Ctg, Twitter Inc


Newspaper Isn’t State Actor–Plotkin v. Astorian

Plotkin placed a political ad with the Daily Astorian newspaper that allegedly advocated against Holcom and Hilton. The opinion doesn’t explain why Plotkin objected to these candidates, but Plotkin’s frequent letters to the editor give some clues. Even without advertising, Plotkin appears to have good access to the Astorian’s audience. I count 6 letters so far in 2021. After accepting the ad, the newspaper heard from one of the referenced individuals (Holcom, according to the complaint). Pointi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Linkedin, Icann, Hilton, Johnson, Alphabet, Wilson, Perez, Lewis, Jayne, Google Facebook, ZIMMERMAN, Facebook Google, Quigley


4 Changes To Make To Your LinkedIn Profile That Will Enhance Your Legal Skills And Visibility

With more than 700 million users on the platform, LinkedIn offers you the ability to be seen, noticed, and scouted when you are (and aren’t) job searching.
Tags: Technology, Law, Linkedin, Job Searches, Wendi Weiner


Coronavirus Update 2-26-2021: Adaptability

Adaptability to change is itself a hallmark of successful education.– Peter Hilton 2020  –  2021 has been a different school year for everyone. My kids are fortunate in that their school, Lake Ridge Academy, has been open for full-time, in-person instruction for the entire school year. There have, however, been key changes in the name of safety. For example, the school made the decision not to participate in interscholastic sports this year. My son was able to participate on the Middle School ...
Tags: Law, Linkedin, Middle School, Northeast Ohio, Upper School, Lake Ridge Academy, Peter Hilton, Jon Hyman, Norah, Lake Ridge, Bravo Lake Ridge Academy


Data Breach Plaintiff Doesn’t Have Standing in the Absence of Fraud or Identity Theft–Tsao v. Captiva

This is a data breach lawsuit. Plaintiff was a patron of a restaurant (PDQ) that suffered a breach that compromised credit card payment information. The breach occurred because a hacker gained access to customer data through “an outside vendor’s remote connection tool.” Plaintiff made purchases at PDQ using two different cards (a Wells Fargo Home Rebate card and a Chase Sapphire Reserve card). Both cards offered types of rewards and one of the two also charged a fee. Upon learning of the breach...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Linkedin, Best, Amnesty International, Starbucks, Low, Anderson, Privacy/security, Reilly, GAO, Ninth Circuit, Katz, PDQ, Clapper


An Account Suspension Case Fails Again–Perez v. LinkedIn

Perez sued LinkedIn for suspending his account. In October, a court in Southern District of Texas dismissed the complaint because LinkedIn isn’t a state actor. The court gave Perez the opportunity to refile in the Northern District of California, which he did (pro se again). However, the sequel doesn’t do any better. Anti-SLAPP Violation. Perez claimed that LinkedIn violated anti-SLAPP laws. This argument is a head-scratcher for anyone familiar with anti-SLAPP laws. The court says it doesn’t app...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Linkedin, Icann, Johnson, Alphabet, Wilson, Perez, Lewis, Jayne, Google Facebook, Northern District of California, ZIMMERMAN, Facebook Google, Quigley


Are Social Media Services “State Actors” or “Common Carriers”?

Yesterday, I did a videoconference with Prof. Eugene Volokh (UCLA Law) discussing if and how legislatures could regulate Internet services. Watch the video. Prof. Volokh and I usually agree on most things, but this time we may reach different conclusions. I think Prof. Volokh might be open to the idea that a legislature could declare social media to be a “common carrier” and impose associated must-carry obligations. In contrast, I’m a hard no, and I hate the question because it only matters if ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Law, Congress, Youtube, Washington, Linkedin, Icann, United States, North Dakota, Aclu, Baidu, Johnson, Smith, Goldman


Google and Twitter Defeat Lawsuit Over Account Suspensions/Terminations–DeLima v. Google

Natasha DeLima (a/k/a “Natasha Athens”) claims that Google and Twitter have imposed various sanctions on her accounts, including suspension and termination. She alleges that Google and Twitter took these actions due to political bias against her. (This article notes some of DeLima’s “political” views–Trump, QAnon, “prominent Jewish families,” and Justice Robert’s alleged pedophilia all appear in the article). DeLima previously unsuccessfully sued Google. She tried again (pro se, naturally) with ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Linkedin, Icann, Copyright, Johnson, Alphabet, Wilson, Robert, Perez, Lewis, Jayne, Google Facebook, Google Inc


Number of Diverse Legal Tech Founders Drops, But Overall Percentage Inches Up

The number of founders of U.S. legal technology companies who are women or people of color has dropped since 2018, but the overall percentage of diverse founders has risen slightly since then, because of fewer companies in the survey group. While the number of women founders has dropped from 66 in 2018 to 57 now, the number of Black and Latinx founders has edged up slightly, from 11 Black founders then to 13 now and 15 Latinx founders then to 17 now. Overall, the number of diverse founders has d...
Tags: Law, California, Uncategorized, Linkedin, Cto, Christina, Athena, Stanford Law School, ANU, Pablo Arredondo, Kristen Sonday, Allen Rodriguez, Sonday, Camila Lopez, Pieter Gunst, Sonja Ebron


Facebook Isn’t a Constructive Public Trust–Cameron Atkinson v. Facebook

Cameron Atkinson self-describes himself as “a Christian, a published constitutional scholar, a soon-to-be trial and appellate lawyer, and a general hell-raiser.” He also describes himself as “Liberty’s sheriff” and you can even buy t-shirts apparently depicting him in that role. Atkinson sued Facebook for allegedly censoring several of his posts. The court dismisses his lawsuit. First Amendment. As confirmed in PragerU v. YouTube, an online service “censors” its users only if it is a state acto...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Congress, Youtube, Linkedin, Icann, United States, Circuit, Johnson, Alphabet, Atkinson, Wilson, Trump, Perez, Lewis


Some Law Firms Need Better LinkedIn Practices

Law firms should improve their LinkedIn practices to ensure that employees are not pressured into engaging with their employer’s content on LinkedIn.
Tags: Technology, Law, Social Media, Linkedin, Small Law Firms, Jordan Rothman


Google and YouTube Aren’t “Censoring” Breitbart Comments–Belknap v. Alphabet

Craig Belknap alleged that Google and YouTube violated the First Amendment and Section 230 by “deleting the citizen ‘Posts” that accompany and follow” Breitbart articles. (This is a pro se/in pro per suit). First Amendment. The court says “Neither Alphabet, nor its subsidiaries, Google and YouTube, are state actors.” Cite to PragerU v. YouTube. “Google and YouTube do provide the public with a forum for speech, but that does not make them state actors.” Cite to Halleck. Citing PragerU again, the...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Congress, Linkedin, Icann, Johnson, Alphabet, Wilson, Breitbart, Perez, Lewis, Jayne, Google Facebook, Reid, Alphabet Inc


Facebook Can Block Scraper (For Now)–Facebook v. BrandTotal

BrandTotal offered a Chrome extension called “UpVoice.” Once installed, the extension allegedly scraped public and non-public information from the users’ Facebook and Instagram accounts. Facebook attempted to crack down on the extension. It terminated BrandTotal’s Facebook and Instagram pages and sued to shut down the extensions. Google kicked the extension out of its web store, which disabled the extension’s functionality. After this crackdown, BrandTotal allegedly created new Facebook and Inst...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Law, Court, Linkedin, Ftc, Privacy/security, Facebook Inc, Ninth Circuit, First Facebook, Licensing/Contracts, Trespass to Chattels, BrandTotal, UpVoice, BrandTotal Though Facebook


LinkedIn Isn’t a State Actor–Perez v. LinkedIn

Perez had a LinkedIn account with over 7,000 connections (really?). LinkedIn removed some of his posts and restricted access to his profile due to alleged TOU violations. State Action. Perez, proceeding pro se, alleged that LinkedIn “is subject to the First Amendment because it is ‘a governmental entity and a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party’s political agenda,’ not a private actor.” The court responds: “The First Amendment does not apply to private parties, including online service provide...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Linkedin, Icann, Chinese communist party, Johnson, Young, Wilson, Perez, Lewis, Jayne, Google Facebook, Northern District of California, ZIMMERMAN, Quigley


hiQ Labs v. LinkedIn Corp., the Web Scraping Saga Continues (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Kieran McCarthy hiQ Labs v. LinkedIn Corp. is arguably the most important case in the history of web-scraping jurisprudence. In 2019, the Ninth Circuit concluded that “when a computer network generally permits public access to its data, a user’s accessing that publicly available data will not constitute access without authorization under [the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act].” This was a huge victory for advocates of web scraping. But that wasn’t the end of the case. Procedurally...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Linkedin, United States, Ftc, Qualcomm Inc, District Court, Ninth Circuit, Northern District of California, Content Regulation, LinkedIn Corp, Labs, Trespass to Chattels, Kieran McCarthy, Brown Shoe Co


People I don’t understand

Earlier this week I saw the following (brilliant) ad put out by a group calling itself Dog Lovers For Joe. It reminded me of a list I've been compiling for the past several years. I had originally called it "People I Don't Trust." Subsequently, however, I've swapped "trust" for "understand." Thus, today, I bring you, The List of People I Don't Understand. I don't understand people who don't like dogs (see above; also I don't trust you either). I don't understand people who don't lik...
Tags: Law, Linkedin, Oxford, Johnny, Jon Hyman, Bicanski


Expand Your Network For Job Search Success

Expand your network and you will increase your chances of landing a coveted in-house counsel job. Especially if you are in work from home mode, numerous platforms exist for you to connect with other individuals who may be able to assist you in your job hunt. Your job search and your connections are inextricably intertwined, so when you expand your circle you are increasing your chances of having connections who can assist you in your career plans. “Networking is vital to job search success. Netw...
Tags: Law, Careers, Linkedin


Asking for Feedback One Way to Get Influencers to Write About the Launch of Your Law Blog

Getting the influencers to write about you and your newly launched law blog is usually overlooked by lawyers and legal marketing professionals. Ironically, as I explained to a couple law firms this last week, it needn’t be hard to get the influencers to do so. Influencers are those people who influence your audience of clients, prospective clients, referral sources and association leaders when it comes to taking notice of you, your blog and your credibility. Influencers include main...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Linkedin


Thoughts on Why I Write (And Why You Might Want to Too)

I have been thinking about writing lately. There are so many reasons why people write and so much it can give them and the community, so I thought I would share a bit here about why I write and give some suggestions on why you might want to write too. When I started writing for publication in about 2010, I wrote about issues that mattered to me professionally (You can read some of these early pieces here). This started because I found that I had things I wanted to say and talked about it when I ...
Tags: Law, Linkedin, Twitter Linkedin, Scott Young, Legal Information, Legal Publishing, Simon Fodden, CanLII Authors Program


Legal Blog Has Big Impact on Connecticut Lawyer’s Career

Many of you don’t know Dan Schwartz, a Connecticut lawyer and publisher of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog. I know Dan as a friend, having first met him in Montreal thirteen years ago. I’ve gotten to know his caring family, and him, mine, through Facebook. So it gave me goosebumps (I get emotional, easily) when I read what Dan shared on LinkedIn this morning. “Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint when certain life events have a big impact on your career. For me, one of the bigg...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Uncategorized, Linkedin, Connecticut, Montreal, Aba, Dan, Kevin O Keefe, Dan Schwartz, LexBlog Inc


The Geek In Review Ep. 87 – Phil Flora on Leopard Solution’s New Gender and Ethnic Diversity Tool

Gender and diversity analysis is necessary to the success of law firms .  In fact, diversity metrics are quite openly a common ask from law firm clients.   Firms may not often have this sort of information readily available, due to siloed information and custodial/privacy concerns.  We get the scoop from  Phil Flora from Leopard Solutions about their new searchable gender and ethnic diversity platform, how it works, what it reveals, who can use it, and why.  We discuss what was fou...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Podcast, Texas, Law, Uncategorized, US, Linkedin, Diversity, Karen, United States, Connecticut, Robert De Niro, Goldman Sachs, Long Island


Here’s How Simple It Is To Network By Sharing Legal Blog Posts on LinkedIn

I try my best to share each of my blog posts on LinkedIn. As Jeff Nowak, publisher of FMLA Insights, shared recently, writing a blog post and not sharing it on LinkedIn is like hitting a home run and stopping at first base. I don’t just share a link, I share the whole post in the space provided. If the copy won’t fit – most posts will not – I shorten the post up. Bottom line, I give LinkedIn users everything they need to get the point. It does not matter one bit if readers do not co...
Tags: Asia, Law, Uncategorized, Linkedin, Jeff Nowak, FMLA


Closing on $75 million in new cash, Truepill plans at-home testing service as it nears $175 million in annual revenue

Truepill, the white-label healthcare services company that provides telehealth and pharmacy fulfillment services, is adding at-home medical testing as the third branch of its services powering the offerings of companies like Hims and Hers, Ro, and other direct-to-consumer healthcare companies.  Financing this expansion of services is a new $75 million round of financing from investors led by Oak HC/FT, with participation from Optum Ventures, TI Platform Management, Sound Ventures and Y Comb...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Articles, Linkedin, Insurance, Tech, Diabetes, Healthcare, Seattle, Birth Control, Telemedicine, Erectile Dysfunction, Afridi, Heal, Pharmacy, Lamont


Update: Closing on $75 million in new cash, Truepill plans at-home testing service as it nears $200 million in annual revenue

Truepill, the white-label healthcare services company that provides telehealth and pharmacy fulfillment services, is adding at-home medical testing as the third branch of its services powering the offerings of companies like Hims and Hers, Nurx, GoodRx, and Ro (a former customer).  Financing this expansion of services is a new $75 million round of financing from investors led by Oak HC/FT, with participation from Optum Ventures, TI Platform Management, Sound Ventures and Y Combinator. “With...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Articles, Linkedin, Insurance, Tech, Diabetes, Healthcare, Seattle, Birth Control, Telemedicine, Erectile Dysfunction, Afridi, Heal, Pharmacy, Lamont



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