Relive the greatest moments in social media and substantive law, as we wrap up 2009 with LN Communities Year in Review. Over the next two weeks we will be blogging about the best postings from Martindale-Hubbell Connected and the LN Web Communities. These mini-reviews with links to the original items celebrate the people behind the posts. Also, our new community manager, Joseph Walsh, will post a series of Web Community resources on the Connected public forums (log in required). Members can also vote in our new quick poll: “What had the biggest impact on the legal industry in 2009?” (See the results from our last quick poll below).
First Up: Most Commented On Posts from Connected 2009 …
Survey of in-house counsel: billable hour vs. fixed price agreement – started by Bradley Clark in July 2009, this discussion garnered 29 replies and ran for three months with opinions all over the board. The majority of respondents seemed to think that in-house counsel preferred fixed-price agreements over the billable hour, but noted that it was the cost and value of service rendered that mattered rather than the billing structure used.
Tax Law – started by law student Josh Collins with a simple question: “Does anyone have experiences in Tax law?” he got many responses on the thread ranging from advice by practicing lawyers like Iwona Wojtalik and follow up questions from other students asking whether most tax lawyers are also CPAs (there was no definitive answer here).
How many of you work for companies that are strategically involved in using social networking? – started by Daniel S. Goldman in March 2009 this thread triggered 31 responses among various members of the community through July 2009. Users debated the merits of having a company engage in social media and discussed methods for measuring success.
Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw? – Veronica Campos started this discussion by asking which company is the research preference for our members. Some like Westlaw others like LexisNexis, many like both, but what made this such an engaging discussion were the many justifications given for people’s choice. In the end, the discussion and interaction mattered more than the answer … but we still would like to know: which one do YOU prefer?
Law Review Topic selection – when law student Jennifer Wideman started this discussion she included a poll and was likely looking for a method to find her own law review topic. The results of her poll showed 38.5% of respondents saying “ask professors in the area of interest,” but the 25-responses she got expanded on the options. Check out the many suggestions on the thread.
Should Law Students Join Local Bar Associations? – the law students definitely dominated the water cooler this year! On this post by Amy Wu, 19-people gave their responses, many of them practicing lawyers encouraging students to join. We are going to be focusing on local bar associations in 2010 in Connected so this is a ripe topic that we’ll want to see discussed more in the months to come.
And the results are in from last week’s quick poll: