Joy London on blogging/blawging as a knowledge-sharing tool

In her interesting article "Blogger in the house: The rise of 'blawging' as a knowledge-sharing tool", published recently in Managing Partner magazine, Joy London, a knowledge and training manager at an international law firm, discusses the nature of blogging and its utility for knowledge management.  The article's many insightful comments include this one:

"A well-designed blawg can serve as a critical document-management tool for organising and archiving legal information. The very act of trading relevant links and useful ideas electronically, via blog posts and reader response, captures crucial matter-related content automatically, rendering it searchable and browsable. ... the firm acquires a valuable, annotated repository, user-friendly and equally accessible to individual lawyers, internal practice groups ... and organisational departments ... . Not incidentally, both productivity and information exchange increase through better time management and resource allocation."

Joy's closing paragraph includes the observation that blogging has demonstrated its viability as an adaptable online force and that, as the blogosphere continues to mature, more lawyers will implement blawgs in unexpected ways.  I wholeheartedly agree. 

I don't know Joy, but in this observer's humble opinion, her firm is fortunate to have a knowledge and training manager on board who completely gets this technology (and who evidently "got it" a long time ago) and the efficiencies it can bring to the capture and utilisation of intellectual capital to the benefit of internal and external clients alike.  (For the avoidance of doubt, my own firm is equally fortunate for the quality of its KM and training staff but it would be imprundent to name them here.)

More large law firm blogs on their way...

Anyone who follows Joy London's excellent Excited Utterances blog will probably know that Ron of Prism Legal Consulting has been asking about the existence of blogs within large law firms.  When one digs a little deeper into the comments on both blogs, two interesting points emerge:

  • Not only does the Swedish office of Linklaters have RSS feeds (as noted in an earlier post), but they "have been playing around a while with blogs" but have not yet found a format with which they are comfortable for an external launch (suggesting that ultimately we will indeed see blogs from this large firm).
  • The Am Law 100 firm Sheppard Mullin is in the process of "replacing several of [its] marketing newsletters with blogs", LexBlog-designed blogs to be precise.  A member of the firm says in one comment that they "are about to launch a blog for [their] anti-trust and labor groups, with more coming."

Very interesting.  Looking forward to seeing these blogs as they slip into the internet's ether.

Swedish office of international law firm embraces RSS

Linklaters is a large law firm. Its Swedish office now has RSS feeds (primarily, surprise, in Swedish) for some of the pages of its website. The feeds can be found at A significant development.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's research services experts are blogging

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a large and respected US grown provider of legal services. Guess what?  Its research services people (or perhaps one or some of them) have set up a blog using Blogger, called KERBlog!, on "research tips, tools, and enlightened insights". The blog has a link to Kirkland & Ellis LLP's main website and clearly identifies itself with the firm.  An interesting development and an interesting looking blog.  Looking forward to seeing it develop.

Legal weblogs/webfeeds: Which international law firm will deploy first?

An admittedly superficial trawl of the blogosphere suggests that legal blogs have taken off faster in the United States than in Europe (or at least English speaking Europe). For example, there are undoubtedly many, many more legal blogs in the United States than in the United Kingdom. No surprises there. But as far as feedmelegal is aware, neither nation houses an international law firm which has deployed client-facing weblogs or webfeeds (or at least publicly accessible ones).

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