The Scales of Justice, Blogging and Cable News Networks : The Origins of Lady Liberty

The newest cable news stats show (hat tip to MEDIAite):

Polar Opposites: Fox News Seeing Best Ratings, CNN and MSNBC Worst.

This is not surprising to us, at least in the case of Fox News and CNN.

Fox News has long been known to be on the conservative side of things and now reflects the right-wing backlash against U.S. President Barack Obama while CNN has progressively drifted far too far to left, or as one viewer at Michelle Malkin writes: “No wonder CNN only has three viewers. They don’t “report” for all Americans, only left-wing Americans, forgetting that half this country is on the right, almost a 50/50 split.” Picking up the slack at CNN is at least HLN, Headline News, formerly CNN2, whose ratings are strongly increasing.

Where, dear friends, do we find “fair and balanced” reporting?

Blogs – equally biased, of course – developed as balancing agents to the partisanship of the major cable news networks. But to be fair, it is not all bad, of course, and almost all original reporting is still done by the major news networks and newspapers, so we bloggers can probably more truthfully say that we are the powers at the fulcrum of the balance, i.e. at the pivotal point of the scales of justice, as it were.

At the Bay Weekly, J. Alex Knoll in Sky Watch, wrote about The Heavenly Scales: From a weigher of souls to the stalwart of liberty:

Libra … the celestial scales [where the] second-magnitude, bluish-white star Zubenelgenubi [is located at] the fulcrum of the scales…. … nearly 4,000 years ago, the sun passed through Libra during autumnal equinox, when day and night are equal, and so, the Babylonians worshiped this constellation as the Ereshkigal, the goddess of the dead who weighed the souls of men. The Egyptian god Anubis, too, held the scales weighing life and death. The ancient Greeks, however, considered Libra but a part of Scorpius, its stars representing a lamp or lantern and later the lighthouse of Alexandria, held between the scorpion’s outstretched claws. But the Romans wrested the scales from the scorpion, giving them to Astraea, the goddess of justice. She wore a crown of grain, another symbol tied to the scales of early commerce, and she represents purity and innocence. Astraea was the last of the gods to leave earth during the Golden Age. She became Virgo, to the west of Libra, leaving her scales behind as a final gift to mankind. Today, we Americans know her as Lady Liberty.

HootSuite for Twitter : Review by 3 Geeks and a Law Blog

HootSuite is a useful online application for Twitter, especially for multiple accounts.

3 Geeks and a Law Blog reviewed Hootsuite some time ago. It is definitely worth a read.

Naming Your Business: Choosing A Name Capable of Trademark Protection | Citizen Media Law Project

Naming Your Business: Choosing A Name Capable of Trademark Protection is a non-commercially attribution-distributable article from the Citizen Media Law Project, Harvard – Berkman, which I think is worth sharing:

“Choosing a distinctive name is important from a business perspective, but it is also important if you want trademark law to protect your business name. A business name is potentially a trademark protected by the law, but this protection depends on the type of name you choose.

As a general matter, the more unique or distinctive the name is, the greater trademark protection it receives. Fanciful marks (made-up words like “Kodak”), arbitrary marks (existing words used in a way unrelated to their normal meaning, like “Apple” for computers), and suggestive marks (those that hint at a quality or aspect of the product or service, like “Netscape”) receive the highest level of protection. You can register these kinds of trademarks immediately, without any evidence of “secondary meaning” — i.e., proof that, through your use of the name in commerce, the public has come to identify it specifically with your good or service. Similarly, in the event of a lawsuit, you would not need to produce evidence of secondary meaning in order to make out your case.

In contrast, a merely descriptive name can only receive full trademark protection after it acquires secondary meaning. Some examples include names that describe the product or service directly, such as Speedy Rental Car, or one that merely uses a person’s name, such as Smith Computers or Jane’s Collectibles. Terms that describe the geographic location of a good or service, like the New York Times, also are considered descriptive, and they can be protected as trademarks only upon proof that through use they have acquired secondary meaning. If you choose a merely descriptive name for your citizen media site or blog, you would not be able to register it at first, and you would not be able to successfully sue someone for using a confusingly similar trademark. You might be able to register it and/or bring a successful lawsuit at a later date, however, assuming that Internet users at some point come to identify your business name specifically with your work (i.e., it acquires secondary meaning).

Lastly, a generic name can never receive trademark protection. A generic name is identical to the product or service to which it attaches. For instance, calling a business that hosted email accounts “email” would be a generic name. Keep in mind that a term can be a generic name for one product or service, but a valid trademark for another. For instance, “Apple” is a generic name for selling apples, but a valid trademark for computers, and “Bicycle” is a generic name for selling bicycles, but a valid trademark for playing cards. Some geographical terms like “swiss cheese” and “French fries” are also generic because they are synonymous with the item itself. However, this does not mean that all geographical names are generic.

Choosing a business name presents a special problem for a community journalism site or blogger with a regional focus, where using a geographical or other descriptive term makes intuitive sense. After some thought, you may decide that the appropriate descriptive name is more important to you than strong trademark protection. Or, you may come up with a creative way of using a geographical term in a distinctive way (e.g., h2otown). Be aware also that your descriptive name may obtain secondary meaning should your site prove an influential and often-visited source of information — think, for instance about the New York Times. So, keep in mind that you may start out with a business name that enjoys little protection under trademark law, but the amount of protection may grow over time.

Posted via web from Andis Kaulins

Trademarks and the Name of a Business : The Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard Instructs on How to Choose a Trademark-Protectable Name

The Citizen Media Law Project, a non-profit at Harvard which provides legal assistance and resources for online and citizen media, at their website, hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, has a very nice summary of trademark law as relates to the naming of a business.

See:

Naming Your Business: Choosing A Name Capable of Trademark Protection | Citizen Media Law Project

Make Hop not War : Sony Ericsson Hoppers in Barcelona

Have you seen this?
This is not an ad on my part.
It is my selection for video of the decade.
HAPPY! I fell off my hopper smiling.

Sony Ericsson Hoppers in Barcelona

The Gary Hayes Social Media Counts

The following Social Media Counts by Gary Hayes (@GaryHayes) provide some idea of the extent of social media networking and world digital communications as a whole:

Trying out Posterous via Google Mail

Trying out Posterous via Google Mail

by sending two attached files

one a jpeg of Tom Osborne's book

and the other an .mp3 Galactic Milk from Galaxy by Kaulinsium

to see what happens. – Andis

Galactic Milk by Andis Kaulins  
Download now or listen on posterous

01-Galactic Milk-Andis Kaulins.mp3 (2368 KB)

Twitter Addresses of Legal Blogs (Blawgs) as Referenced on the LawPundit Law Blogroll

Having initially compiled these legal Twitter tweet feeds for our own use, we are happy to provide our readers with the Twitter links (that we could find) for blawgs and legally-related blogs on our LawPundit law blogroll. We follow numerous of these Twitter tweet feeds ourselves at @Law_Pundit (note the underline necessitated by our inability thus far to obtain the @LawPundit address at Twitter which is currently squatted by an imposter). Our current Twitter address is: @Law_Pundit (full address at http://www.twitter.com/Law_Pundit).

The Twitter blawg addresses we have located for law bloggers on our LawPundit law blogroll:

The Blog of the White House@Whitehouse
ABAJournal@ABA Journal
ABAJournal.com Web producer@BlogWhisperer
ABA President’s Blog@tommywellsaba
Above the Law@atlblog
AbsTracked@abstracked
ACLU Blog of Rights@aclu
A Connecticut Law Blog@ryanmckeen
ACSBlog@acslaw
Advocate’s Studio@advocatesstudio
Al Nye the Lawyer Guy@AlanNye
Althouse@annalthouse
Anticipate This!@jacobward
Anything Under the Sun Made by Man@russ_krajec
Bag and Baggage@dhowell
Balkinization@jackbalkin
Bank Law Blog (.uk)@banklawblogger
Bibliotheksrecht (.de)@BibliothekRecht
Binary Law (.uk)@nickholmes
BlawgIT@BrettTrout
Blawgletter@blawgletter
Blawg Review@blawgreview
Blog@IP::JUR@axelhorns
Build a Solo Practice@SCartierLiebel
Business Golf Blog@suzannewoo
Canadian Trademark Blog@CanadianTMBlog
Cearta (.ie)@cearta
Charon QC (.uk)@charonqc
China Law Blog@danharris
Class 46 (EU trade mark news)@class46
Conglomerate@GlomPosts
Copyright Trademark & Entertainment Blog@tamerabennett
Counterfeit Chic (Copying)@CounterfeitChic
Current Awareness (.uk)@inner_temple
Daily Kos@markos
Deal Attorney (M&A)@acerminaro
Deal Book@nytimesdealbook
Deliberations@annereed
Dennis Kennedy Blog@dkennedyblog
Discourse.net@mfroomkin
Doc Searls Weblog@dsearls
Dorf on Law@dorfonlaw
Drug and Device Law Blog @ddlw
E-Commerce Law@JonathanFrieden
Election Law@rickhasen
Embassy Law Blog@embassylaw
Ernie the Attorney@ernieattorney
Faculty Blog Chicago@UChicagoLaw
Feminist Law Professors@FeministLawPrfs
For the Defense (DRI)@forthedefense
Freedom to Differ (.au)@peterblackQT
German Trademark Law in a Nutshell@germantrademark
Groklaw@Groklaw
Guiding Rights Blog@mvbpartridge
Handakte (.de)@handakte
Head of Legal (.uk)@carlgardner
Health Blawg@healthblawg
Hollywood Entertainment & Media Law@THREsq
Houston’s Clear Thinkers@bigtkirk
Immateriblog (.de)@spielkamp
Infamy or Praise@colinsamuels
Informationoverlord (.uk)@iOverlord
InstaPundit@instapundit
International Economic Law & Policy@worldtradelaw
International Trade Law News@tradelawnews
Internet Cases@internetcases
IP Dragon 知識產權龍@ipdragon
iPhone J.D.@jeffrichardson
IPKat@IPkat
IP Think Tank@IPThinkTank
IPwars (.au)@wrothnie
IT Law in Ireland@TJMcIntyre
Lawdable@BarryWilms, @dmac1957
Law Firm Web Strategy@stevematthews
LawLibTech@cchick
Law Practice Tips Blog@jimcalloway
LawPundit@Law_Pundit (@Law_Pundit)
Legal Blog Watch@LegalBlogWatch
Legal History Blog@legalhistory
Legal Jobs & Recruitment (.uk)@TenPercentLegal
Legal Pad (a Cal Law Blog)@LegalPadblog
Legal Talk Network@legaltalk
Legal Theory Blog@lsolum
Legal Tweets@nikiblack
Legal Underground@eschaeff
Lessig Blog@LESSIG
Lex Ferenda (.ie)@macsithigh
LibraryLawBlog@librarylaw
Lightbulb (Dilanchian IP Blog) (.au)@noricd
MassLawBlog@gesmer
Opinio Juris@opiniojuris
Overseas Property Investment Blog@nubricks
Paper Chase@JuristNews
Patent Baristas@patentbaristas
Patent Docs@PatentDocs
Patentability Blog@BrianNFletcher
Patently-O@PatentlyO
Patterico’s Pontifications@Patterico
Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog@PZura
Phosita@Phosita
PLI Patent Blog@PractLawInst
Precedent (Law & Style)@shortcellar
Privacy & Security Law@DWTLaw
SCOTUSblog@scotusblog
Securing Innovation@ipdotcom
Singularity Law@JoshKagan
Slaw (.ca)@slaw_dot_ca
Southern Appeal@SouthernAppeal
Strategic Legal Technology@ronfriedmann
Sui Generis@nikiblack
TalkLeft@talkleft
taxgirl – – @taxgirl
Techdirt@techdirt
TechnoLlama (.uk)@technollama
Technology & Marketing@ericgoldman
The Common Scold@CommonScold
The Invent Blog@nipper
The Lawyer Coach Blog@TheLawyerCoach
the [non]billable hour@matthomann
Trademark Blog@mschwimmer
TTABlog (Trademarks)@TTABlog
Useful Arts@usefularts
WisBlawg@shucha
Wise Law Blawg (.ca)@wiselaw
WSJ.com Law Blog@WSJLawBlog
Zeugma@paulmaharg

Video of the Ceremony Opening the New Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

We posted previously about the historic opening of the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the ceremony of which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, UK Supreme Court President Lord Nicholas Phillips, three U.S. Supreme Court Justices (Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justices Scalia and Breyer) and Supreme Court Justices from around the world. Below is a C-SPAN video from YouTube showing this significant event:

European Union : EU Jurisdiction : Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters : Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001

The European Union COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 is one of the most important documents of the EU, covering jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters.

The EU Law Blog in the posting Cases of the Court of Justice on Regulation 44/2001: Council Document informs us that:

The Council has prepared a handy compilation of the case-law of the Court of Justice interpreting Regulation 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters.

Read the whole thing here.

Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (U.K.) Newly Designed was Rolled Out in Presence of the Queen and Supreme Court Justices from Around the World

As reported by Nathan Koppel at the WSJ Law Blog in The New U.K. High Court: A Chip Off The New Block, the United Kingdom this month ceremoniously replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords with a new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

The October 1, 2009 Press Notice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom provided as follows:

[Please note that the links in the text below have been added for more detailed information by LawPundit and are NOT a part of the original press release.]

Reference number: 01/09
Date: 1 October 2009
Press Notice
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom comes into existence

The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom came into existence today (1 October 2009) and is now the highest court in the United Kingdom.

Replacing the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, the Court’s creation is a landmark moment in constitutional and legal development.

The new home of the Supreme Court is the former Middlesex Guildhall, on Parliament Square. It has been painstakingly renovated over the past two years with new life breathed into the building. Many original features have been restored and brought back to full splendour.

Established through the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the Supreme Court will hear civil appeal cases from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as criminal appeal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It takes over the devolution jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). The JCPC continues to be the final court of appeal for certain Commonwealth countries and other jurisdictions, such as Crown Dependencies.

The Supreme Court is set to transform the public’s awareness of justice at the highest level. One of the Court’s fundamental aims is to be as transparent as possible in its judgments and proceedings.

For the first time at any court in the United Kingdom, proceedings will be routinely filmed and made available to broadcasters. The building is open to the public during working hours and press summaries of judgments will be provided to the media.

The Court will educate as well as adjudicate, with a specially created exhibition on the Court’s work and the UK’s judicial systems.

Following the swearing in this morning, the Justices will process in their robes to Westminster Abbey to attend the annual service that marks the start of the new legal year in England and Wales.

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, President of the Supreme Court, said: “For the first time, we have a clear separation of powers between the legislature, the judiciary and the executive in the United Kingdom. This is important. It emphasises the independence of the judiciary, clearly separating those who make the law from those who administer it.

As Justices of the Supreme Court we will be more visible to the public than we ever were when sitting as members of the House of Lords. This is desirable as the Court will only decide points of law of public importance. Justice at the highest level should be transparent and the new Court will have a crucial role in letting the public see how justice is done.”

Jenny Rowe, Chief Executive of the Supreme Court, said: “The establishment of the Supreme Court is an important historic moment.

“The improvements and modernisation that this brings creates exciting new opportunities to show the wider public how justice is done at the highest level, to increase awareness of the UK’s legal systems and the impact the law has on people’s lives.”

Ends

Notes to editors

  • The start of the legal year in England and Wales is traditionally marked by a procession of judges arriving at Westminster Abbey from the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand for the service, followed by the Lord Chancellor’s ‘breakfast’ in the Great Hall in the Houses of Parliament.
  • The swearing in of Justices will start at approximately 10am on Thursday 1 October at The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The Service in Westminster Abbey commences at 11.30am. Sworn in Justices will process to the Abbey at approximately 10.50am.

Contacts:
Sian Lewis
Tel: 020 7960 1886
sian.lewis@supremecourt.gsi.gov.uk

Robert Boyland
Tel: 020 7960 1887
robert.boyland@supremecourt.gsi.gov.uk

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Parliament Square London SW1P 3BD T: 020 7960 1886/1887 F: 020 7960 1901 www.supremecourt.gov.uk

[Please note that the links in the text above were added for more detailed information by LawPundit and are NOT a part of the original press release.]

The October 2, 2009 Press Notice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom provided as follows:

“Reference number: 02/09
Date: 16 October 2009

Press Notice

HM The Queen officially opens The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Her Majesty The Queen today officially opened The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom at an event attended by senior judges from around the world, politicians and others from the UK.

Located on Parliament Square, the building which is now home to the new Supreme Court has been painstakingly restored through a Ministry of Justice managed project – with many of the previously obscured original features of the Middlesex Guildhall brought back to light.

The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were taken on a tour of the building by The Rt Hon Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the Court’s President, The Right Hon Lord Hope of Craighead, Deputy President and Jenny Rowe, its Chief Executive.

Lord Phillips said: “It was a very great honour that Her Majesty performed the official opening and that it was attended by so many distinguished guests. The creation of a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom is undoubtedly a major constitutional landmark. It unequivocally separates the senior judiciary from the legislature and the executive, but also brings other benefits.

“The Court’s new facilities are far improved for Justices, lawyers, other court users and the public. Justice at the highest level should be transparent and we now have facilities which are truly accessible and create opportunities for people to gain a better understanding of our work and the UK legal systems in general.”

Greeted with a fanfare by The State Trumpeters of The Band of The Blues and Royals, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh met staff, contractors and artists who had contributed to the project. In the Court’s new exhibition area they saw schoolchildren from William Edward’s School and Sports College, Grays, Essex, using interactive displays that explain the UK’s legal systems and the role of the Court’s Justices. A legal debate or ‘moot’ was also staged in Court One by students from Strode’s College, Egham, Surrey.

Lord Phillips, The Prime Minister The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP and Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP addressed guests who included many senior members of overseas judiciary. Judges from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, India and Canada were among those who attended. There were also dignitaries from the Commonwealth and The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Crown Dependencies, from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar, as well as Caribbean islands.

Sir Andrew Motion, former poet laureate, read his poem ‘Lines for the Supreme Court’, commissioned by the Justices of the Supreme Court to mark its establishment. The poem has been engraved onto stone benches outside the front entrance of The Supreme Court building. Prayers were led by His Grace, The Archbishop of Canterbury after Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative bronze sculpture.

Jenny Rowe, Chief Executive of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, said: “I am extremely honoured that Her Majesty was able to undertake the official opening of the Court.

“The Court will educate as well as adjudicate and one of our fundamental aims is to be as transparent as possible in its judgments and proceedings. These are routinely filmed and will be made available to broadcasters, which is a first for the UK. In the coming months we will be developing our education and outreach work – so there are exciting times ahead.”

Ends

Notes to editors

  • Established through the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the Supreme Court will hear civil appeal cases from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as criminal appeal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It takes over the devolution jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). The JCPC continues to be the final court of appeal for certain Commonwealth countries and other jurisdictions, such as Crown Dependencies.
  • The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords.
  • The JCPC now sits in the same building as the Supreme Court, having moved from its previous accommodation at 9 Downing Street.
  • Judges who attended the Official Opening included:

    Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr, Chief Justice of the United States
    Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of The Supreme Court of the United States

    Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of The Supreme Court of the United States

    The Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of New Zealand

    The Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Canada

    The Honourable Justice Susan Kiefel, High Court of Australia

    Honourable Mr Justice K G Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of India

    Chief Justice Pius Langa, Constitutional Court, South Africa

    The Hon Chief Justice Andrew Li, High Court, Hong Kong

    Dorit Beinisch, President of The Supreme Court of Israel

    The Rt Hon Dame Joan Sawyer, President of The Court of Appeal of the Bahamas

    Hon Chief Justice Richard W Ground OBE, The Court of Appeal of Bermuda

    Hon Chief Justice Anthony Smellie QC, The Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands

    Hon Chief Justice Lord Christopher Gardner QC, Falkland Islands and British Indian Ocean Territory

    Hon Chief Justice (Acting) Anthony Dudley, The Supreme Court of Gibraltar

    Hon Justice Frederick Bruce-Lyle, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

    Hon Justice Michael Kerruish QC, High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man

    Hon Judge Charles Blackie, Pitcairn Islands

    Hon Chief Justice Ivor Archie, Trinidad and Tobago

    Hon Justice Richard Williams, Turks and Caicos Islands

    Madame Pauliine Koskelo, President of The Supreme Court of Finland

    Monsieur Vincent Lamandat, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of France

    Prof. Dr Klaus Tolksdorf, President of The Supreme Court of Germany

    The Hon Mr Justice John Morgan, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Ireland

    Monsieur Vincenzo Carbone, First President of The Supreme Court of Italy

    Prof. Dr hab Lech Gardocki, First President of The Supreme Court of Poland

    Monsieur Franc Testen, President of The Supreme Court of Slovenia

    Vassilios Skouris, President of The European Court of Justice

    Sir Nicolas Bratza, Vice President of The European Court of Human Rights

    Chief Justice Johan Munck, Supreme Court of Sweden

Contacts:

Sian Lewis
Tel: 020 7960 1886

sian.lewis@supremecourt.gsi.gov.uk

Robert Boyland
Tel: 020 7960 1887

robert.boyland@supremecourt.gsi.gov.uk

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Parliament Square London SW1P 3BD
T: 020 7960 1886/1887 F: 020 7960 1901
www.supremecourt.gov.uk

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LawPundit reported on this development already last March in Whatever Happened to the House of Lords? A Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will take up work Starting in October 2009.

The European Union (EU) Launches Online Digital Library of Archives of Official EU Documents Issued in the Past 50 Years

The European Union (EU) yesterday, October 18, 2009, at the Frankfurt Book Fair launched its online digital Library of archives of official documents issued in the past 50 years.

Valentina Pop at EUObserver writes:

The digital library frees the memory of the European Union tied to paper since its beginning,” EU commissioner for multilingualism Leonard Orban said.

“The millions of pages now accessible to everyone in the 23 official languages demonstrate the continued commitment of the European Union to preserve and encourage the history of the Union in its linguistic diversity,” he added. Apart from the bloc’s 23 official languages, some publications are also available in Chinese, Russian and around 20 other languages.

Social Networking Impacts Legal Marketing as More and More Lawyers Join Social Media Sites : Carolyn Elefant Reports at Nolo’s Legal Marketing Blawg

Social networks are here to stay, and increasingly so for the legal profession. Carolyn Elefant at Nolo’s Legal Marketing Blawg in Legal Marketing : Social Media Trends informs us that:

“[M]ore lawyers are joining social networking sites. According to the Leader Networks Study, 78 percent of lawyers polled reported membership in an online social network, up substantially from 59 percent in 2008. And participation runs across all age groups, with 86 percent of lawyers aged 25-35 belonging to social networks, followed by 76 percent of those 36-45 and 66 percent of those in the 46-55+ category. “

Read Carolyn’s detailed posting about the “how to’s” of social media marketing for lawyers.

Cloud Computing Legal Risks : Software as a Service Not Without its Dangers : John L. Watkins of Chorey, Taylor & Feil Reports

John L. Watkins of Chorey, Taylor & Feil informs us that a Sidekick Episode Provides Real World Example of Cloud Computing Risks. He writes, inter alia:

As things presently exist, it appears that users of cloud based services may have little in the way of legal remedies.

Hat tip to German American ExecuNet at LinkedIn.

How Blogs, Twitter & Social Media Are Changing Legal Reporting – November 4, 2009 Media Conference in San Francisco for Journalists, Bloggers, Others

A free half-day MEDIA CONFERENCE on How Blogs, Twitter & Social Media Are Changing Legal Reporting with a following reception will take place 1 to 5 p.m.on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California.

The Conference is being sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and by PICO, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Public Information and Community Outreach Committee. As written at the Media Conference website:

“Journalists, bloggers, new media content providers and others reporting on the business of the courts are encouraged to attend. The event is free but space is limited. To register, click here.”

It looks quite good and is of course the kind of thing we miss attending, being located in Europe.