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Law Tech Talk: Making social media work for large firms

I've been giving a lot of thought to how Big Law can effectively use social media ever since I spoke at King & Spalding's Atlanta office in mid-August. During my presentation on social media, a member of the audience asked if I was aware of any large law firms that were using social media well. No single firm stood out in my mind, and for good reason.

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What I’ve Learned About Life On The Way To The Courthouse: The fine art of saying no

"What part of ‘no' don't you understand?" sings the country song that was popular a number of years ago. The difficulty with the "no" word is not the understanding of it. The difficulty is in the saying of it. This is a lesson I learned the hard way a couple of years after I had started my own law practice.

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Greensboro lawyer Mac McLendon dead at 89 (access required)

Former state senator and attorney Lennox “Mac” McLendon Jr. (pictured), died last night. He was 89. McLendon was a partner with Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, where he practiced railroad law. Born in Durham, McLendon graduated from the University of North ...

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Guest Commentary: Student-lawyers help legal community meet pro bono needs

The effects of a troubled economy, including foreclosures, joblessness and residential evictions, heighten demand for legal assistance but also render more clients unable to pay for those services. Nonprofit legal organizations, like Legal Aid of North Carolina, and attorneys offering pro bono services struggle to provide assistance to all those in need. This increased demand for pro bono legal services renders a longstanding opportunity for law students particularly valuable.

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Guest Commentary: Pitching an expedient white lie can create lasting skepticism

Anyone who has heard the tale of George Washington and his cherry tree knows well the damage dishonest acts inflict on credibility. As Roger Clemens may someday attest (or not), damage to credibility may not be the only risk in forsaking the truth. Instead, brazenly believing you can deceive an adversary may create a long-lasting detractor whose antipathy outweighs any lost credibility.

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