Checking In: Making Money, Am Law 200 Jobs, & AIIM Expo

Hey Folks, I apologize about my long absence.  Things have been a little hectic in my life.

Basically, I love what I do.  I love reading about the legal industry, keeping up-to-date with blogs and social media, passing on advice about job openings and reviewing resumes and cover letters.

…but I need to start making money.  (I have law student loans to pay!)

From the feedback I’ve heard, I think that I’m offering a useful service, especially with the Am Law listings.  Therefore, I’m putting the question out to you dear readers, how can I best monetize it?  What would be a fair price?  What would I need to change to charge?  (E.g., more consistent schedule, etc.)  Or, on the other side of things, how can I best market my job board?

Once I start taking on freelance clients, it’s hard for me to also maintain my own websites.  Unless I can figure out a way to crowdsource the funding for this site so that I can continue to produce and expand the content, I think the best option for me will be to dedicate my skills to one brand’s success (brand = law firm).

Your thoughts – in comments or in an e-mail (melissa at recruiteresq dot com) – are appreciated.

The Am Law 200 Jobs

I know that I’ve mentioned this before: I *am* working on them.  I’m also trying to figure out a better way to present them on the site without using Google Docs.  I figured out how to create a table with sorting capabilities on the front-end of my site.  No more logging in, going to external sites, etc.  With all of that work, however, I haven’t completely finished updating the Am Law 200 Jobs.  But maybe later tonight I’ll publish what I have – Am Law 200 Jobs (Firms beginning with A – H).

(Note*: I’ve also decided that I’ll post the Am Law job listings twice per year for the general public.  Registered users will have access to the archives of these public listings.)



I’m going to be blogging from the AIIM Expo over the next few days.  In case you haven’t checked it out, take a look at the site.  I’ll have a post later tonight about which talks I plan to see, which talks I want to see, and how I’m kinda bummed that I missed the pre-conference certificate sessions.  I went last year and I can highly recommend the Enterprise 2.0 certificate program and Hanns Kohler-Kruner as a teacher.  You can also take a look at when this course is offered other times through out the year at AIIM’s website.

For those in the Philly area, there’s a Tweetup this week.  You should all come out!

More later….

netLaw 101: Web Development at BigLaw

In the next series of posts, we’ll dissect how the world’s top law firms manipulate the web to facilitate the practice of law. ¹

Following the chart described in last week’s webisode of “netTools 101: netTools Every Legal Professional Should Know,” we’ll start by defining BigLaw’s current web presence.

A firm will score 1 point for each category it fills in.  All firms will start off with three (3) points because the top row – phone, e-mail, and home page – are all a given for BigLaw.

In addition, a firm may receive five (+5) points for ease of navigation, accessibility, and/or advanced web savvy.

A firm may receive two (+2 ) points for creativity and/or engagement potential.

We’ll be looking for BigLaw Facebook profiles, LinkedIn profiles or groups, and Twitter accounts.


We’ll also search for blogs and podcasts (podcasts, again,  meaning any multipedia files: podcasts, video podcasts, webcasts, webinars, etc.)

To the extent possible, we’ll also determine how BigLaw interacts with the web and/or how it creates content, interprets data, and/or hosts any media files.

We’ll then compile and analyze our data.

BigLaw Tech Score Card

¹ “BigLaw” will include the top 100 firms who have physical offices in the United States as found on the most up-to-date Global100 and AMLAW100 lists (minus any firms that dissolved).

The List:

1.    Akerman Senterfitt
2.    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
3.    Allen & Overy
4.    Alston & Bird
5.    Arnold & Porter
6.    Baker & McKenzie
7.    Baker Hostetler
8.    Baker Botts
9.    Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll
10.    Bingham McCutchen
11.    Bracewell & Giuliani
12.    Bryan Cave
13.    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
14.    Cahill Gordon & Reindel
15.    Chadbourne & Parke
16.    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
17.    Clifford Chance
18.    Cooley Godward Kronish
19.    Covington
20.    Cravath Swaine & Moore
21.    Crowell & Moring
22.    Davis Polk & Wardwell
23.    Debevoise
24.    Dechert
25.    Dewey & LeBoeuf
26.    DLA Piper
27.    Dorsey & Whitney
28.    Drinker Biddle & Reath
29.    Duane Morris
30.    Faegre & Benson
31.    Fish & Richardson
32.    Foley &  Lardner
33.    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
34.    Freshfields
35.    Fried Frank
36.    Fulbright & Jaworski
37.    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
38.    Goodwin Procter
39.    Greenberg Traurig
40.    Hogan & Hartson
41.    Holland & Knight
42.    Howrey
43.    Hughes Hubbard & Reed
44.    Hunton & Williams
45.    Jackson Lewis
46.    Jenner & Block
47.    Jones Day
48.    K&L Gates
49.    Katten Muchin Rosenman
50.    Kaye Scholer
51.    Kilpatrick Stockton
52.    King & Spalding
53.    Kirkland & Ellis
54.    Latham & Watkins
55.    Linklaters
56.    Littler Mendelson
57.    Lovells
58.    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
59.    Mayer Brown
60.    McDermott Will & Emery
61.    McGuire Woods
62.    McKenna Long & Aldridge
63.    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
64.    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
65.    Morrison & Foerster
66.    Nixon Peabody
67.    O’Melveny & Myers
68.    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
69.    Paul Hastings
70.    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
71.    Perkins Coie
72.    Pepper Hamilton
73.    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
74.    Proskauer Rose
75.    Quinn Emanuel Urquardt Oliver & Hedges
76.    Reed Smith
77.    Ropes & Gray
78.    Schulte Roth & Zabel
79.    Seyfarth Shaw
80.    Shearman & Sterling
81.    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
82.    Shook Hardy & Bacon
83.    Sidley Austin
84.    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
85.    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
86.    Snell & Wilmer
87.    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
88.    Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
89.    Steptoe & Johnson
90.    Stroock & Stroock
91.    Sullivan & Cromwell
92.    Troutman Sanders
93.    Vinson & Elkins
94.    Wachtell
95.    Weil, Gotshal & Manges
96.    White & Case
97.    Willkie Farr & Gallagher
98.    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
99.    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
100.    Winston & Strawn

Web Tools Every Legal Professional Should Know

The slides are hard to see on the youtube video.  I’ve posted them after the video in case you’d like to print them out to follow along.  (I hope to get this fixed before the next webinar!)


Slide 1: Introduction

Slide 2: Overview & Disclaimer

Slide 3: Background

Slide 4: Background cont.

Slide 5: Background cont.

Slide 6: Background cont.

Slide 7: Web Development (Definitions)

Slide 8: Web (defined)

Slide 9: Development (Defined)

Slide 10: Wikipedia (Definition)

Slide 11: Wikipedia (Revised)

Slide 12: Blog (Defined)

Slide 13: Podcast (Defined)

Slide 14: Define Your Internet Presence

Slide 15: Define Yourself (1st 3 Categories)

Slide 16: Define Yourself (2nd 3 categories)

Slide 17: Define Yourself (Last 3 categories)

Slide 18: My Internet Presence Defined

Slide 19: Analyze

Slide 20: Evolve your online presence

Slide 21: End

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