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Social Networking for Lawyers


Bookmark and ShareTwitter, Facebook, My Space are the most prominent examples of online social networking, a Web 2.0 phenomenon that has become part of the American culture. Yet, until very recently the image of the gray flannel garbed practitioners of law embracing social networking seemed impossible. But those days are passed, web social networking is catching on with lawyers; the American Bar Association 2009 Legal Technology Survey Report shows that 43 percent of lawyers have registered with a social networking site, up from 15 percent in 2008. While the typical social networking site may be fine for members of the general public, most lawyers would prefer to participate in a more law firm or career oriented social networking environment. Thus it is not surprising to learn that a number of attorney centric professional social networking resources have been created to respond to that demand. The staff of the Law Library of Queens County has selected a representative sampling of these attorney specific social networking Web 2.0 resources for your reference. Lawyers may also find the Mashable.com blog to be very helpful as a current awareness resource for all things Web 2.0. Please scroll down to read the list. We hope you find it helpful.

ALERT: NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Guideline for Judges - Internet Social Networks Opinion 08-0176 (January 29, 2009)

Martindale-Hubbell Connected
Description is from the Martindale-Hubbell website.
"Martindale-Hubbell Connected combines the largest global resource of legal contacts - more than one million lawyers and law firms around the world - with social networking technology to create a dynamic, authenticated network enabling corporate counsel and private practice attorneys to uncover new relationships and trusted referrals, share information and insights, and to identify their connection to firms, corporate legal departments or other lawyers."

Legal OnRamp
Description is from the Legal OnRamp website.
"Legal OnRamp is a collaboration system for in-house counsel and invited outside lawyers and third party service providers. There are lawyers participating from over 40 countries, and a rapidly growing collection of content and technology resources."

Avvo
Description is from the Avvo.com website.
"Avvo co-founder Mark Britton, an attorney for 16 years and formerly the top lawyer at Expedia.com, knows firsthand the challenges people face in finding the right attorney. Not only has he hired hundreds of attorneys throughout his career, but he noticed something peculiar while he was spending a year in Italy with his family. Even though he was gone for a year and was on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Mark was repeatedly contacted by friends, family, and acquaintances-- all seeking his advice about how to choose a lawyer. It was clear that there was an unfulfilled need for advice and guidance, so upon returning to the U.S., Mark partnered with Paul Bloom, a veteran of Microsoft's Consumer Division. The two quickly assembled a world-class team with deep expertise in law, consumer products, and technology, and Avvo--short for avvocato, lawyer in Italian--was born."

LawLink
Description is from the lawlink.com website.
"LawLink describes itself as the first social network for the legal community. Founded in 2007, LawLink describes itself as the premier social network for the legal community. LawLink now receives over 50,000 unique visitors a month. LawLink consists of four separate but interconnected social networks: 1. The Attorney Network. 2. The Expert Witness Network. 3. The Law Student Network. 4. The Law Professional Network. LawLink is open to eligible legal professionals worldwide."

Mashable.com
Description is from the Mashable.com blog site.
"Founded in July 2005, Mashable is the world's largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news. With more than 12.5 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific blog reviewing new Web sites and services, publishing breaking news on what's new on the web and offering social media resources and guides. Mashable's audience includes early adopters, social media enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, influencers, brands and corporations, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Web 2.0 aficionados and technology journalists. Mashable is also popular with bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users-- an increasingly influential demographic."