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                            [By Jeff]
                            Put on your work gloves, and hike up your pants. It’s time once again to clean out the law blog gutters. Look at all these
                            leaves stuck in here. What a mess. This might take a while. The law blog gutters get clogged from time to time, and that’s
                            when I come around to clear everything out so things can run smoothly.

Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts told          able to in a 30-second television spot. The          2. 95 percent of any creative profession is
reporters with the Los Angeles Times and            production values are also noticeably better         shit work. Only 5 percent is actually, in some
AP that he did not want to allow television         than the average ad for legal services. Could        simplistic way, fun.
cameras in the Supreme Court. Saying that           this be the next wave in attorney advertising?       7. When you throw your weight around, you
cameras would serve as a distraction, create                                                             usually fall off balance. Overconfidence is as
                                                    Bruce MacEwen over at the blog Adam Smith,
a circus environment, and disgrace the                                                                   bad as no confidence.
                                                    Esq. offered up an interesting commentary on
proud tradition of the High Court, he hinted                                                             10. The rest of the world counts. If you hope to
                                                    how law firm “core values” can often produce
that he would seek to block the cameras                                                                  accomplish anything, you will inevitably need
                                                    unintended negative results. According to
should anyone try to broadcast from inside                                                               all of the people you hated in high school
                                                    a study by Harvard Business School, a firm
the courtroom. Those are, of course, bogus
                                                    that characterizes itself as results-driven and      Hey, wait a minute. That’s not 0 things. I guess
reasons. The real reason he doesn’t want
                                                    community-oriented may get more than it              the 3rd through 6th thing they didn’t teach in
cameras in the Supreme Court is shrouded in
                                                    bargained for. While such boasts sound good,         law school was how to count. GUFFAW!
mystery. Lord knows, he’s got the looks for TV.
                                                    it’s tougher to live up to those goals than one
I think he favors a young Jan Michael Vincent.                                                           According to a new poll conducted by Pew
                                                    might suspect. And even if the firm does live
Over at the Inside Legal Opinions blog, they                                                             Internet, most bloggers blog for personal use
                                                    up to those goals, employees may still become
point out that the Supreme Court does have an                                                            and write about their daily foibles rather than
                                                    cynical. In the Harvard study, employees
interest in educating the public about the legal                                                         more substantive topics. The study revealed
                                                    at a company that espoused the virtues of
system and increasing its transparency. But                                                              that bloggers reach a small audience, but
                                                    “openness, diversity, unpretentiousness, a
who needs Roberts’ permission to do a kick-                                                              discuss widely diverse subject matters.
                                                    sense of community, and lack of hierarchy”
ass lawyer show anyway? We can just shoot                                                                Professional bloggers are very much the
                                                    found their employers to be hypocritical for
reenactments of the juiciest Supreme Court                                                               minority. Also in the minority are those who
                                                    not living up to their own core values. The
cases like E! did during the Michael Jackson                                                             blog about politics, entertainment, current
                                                    employees perceived the company’s everyday
trial. Remember how creepy that was? It’d be                                                             events, or technology. Most of America’s 2
                                                    corporate activities as being in conflict with
perfect!                                                                                                 million bloggers do it just to keep in touch with
                                                    the stated core values. MacEwen provides a
                                                    few solutions on how to reconcile capitalism         family and friends. The famous cele-bloggers,
Through the preeminent Professor Bainbridge,
                                                    with decent corporate core values. Number            those whose blogs garner the most traffic,
we learned of Allison Margolin, an incredibly
                                                    one on the list is transparency. Firms that are      constitute less than a quarter of the entire
bright and remarkably attractive young
                                                    willing to take the heat from their employees        blogosphere. While 2 million sounds like a
attorney who made a cool three-minute ad for
                                                    on tough decisions are more likely to maintain       lot, that’s only 8% of all known adult Internet
her practice exclusively for YouTube. In the
                                                    the employees’ respect. He also advises being        users. Compare that to the 57 million who
past few months, YouTube has grown from a
                                                    honest about how core values can sometimes           regularly read blogs, and you get a better
cult website with a small but loyal following
                                                    come in the way of progress (and vice versa).        idea of the popularity of blogs. The study also
to one of the most visited websites on the
                                                                                                         revealed that there is little difference between
Internet. By allowing anyone to post flash-         Matt Homann of the law firm management blog          the number of male bloggers and female
animation videos of any kind, the site has built    the [non]billable hour recently posted a list        bloggers, but a majority of blogs are written by
a reputation as a place where people can go         from a magazine called the Design Observer.          people under the age of 30.
to see almost any crazy thing. But, until know,     The list was of 0 things they don’t teach in
I’ve never heard of attorneys advertising           design school. Homann pointed out that the list      As both a professional blogger and a law blog
via YouTube. Margolin, a criminal defense           might as well be called 0 Things They Don’t         blogger, I don’t fit the mold. I’m a rebel, and I’ll
attorney, used YouTube to post this neat ad.        Teach You in Law School.                             never, ever be any good. Don’t fall in love with
Carolyn Elefant at MyShingle has praise for                                                              me, girl. I’ll only break your heart.
                                                    1. Talent is one-third of the success equation.
the ad, as it allows Margolin to squeeze in
                                                    Talent is important in any profession, but it is
more important info than she would have been
                                                    no guarantee of success.


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