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It's Who You Know

getting connected through social networking

By Tracey Palmer

Are you linked in? Do you have fans? How many contacts did you make this week?

If you’re a member of the BC Law community using social networking sites, you’re not alone. Alumni, students, and professors are blogging, tweeting, friending, and linking up--including through the Law School's own online community, BC LawNet.

The number of people frequenting sites related to BC Law is substantial, and growing. A Linkedin group created by an alumnus has more than 1,000 members. Search on the words BC Law in Facebook and you’ll get some 500 hits, at least 100 of which link to live and virtual groups created by and for people affiliated with BC law school, from amateur rugby players to environmental law activists to alumni who are “really, really ridiculously good-looking” (that group has 45 members, in case you’re wondering). Numerous groups serve alumni of a particular graduating class, while others are organized around a shared interest in an area of the law or practice.

Whether they are reconnecting with each other and the school, finding job leads, making professional contacts, or sharing their expertise, BC Law alumni are making the most of social networking sites. It’s a great tool, says Soo Lim, associate director of career services at the Law School, but proceed with caution.

"Once you put something out there, it’s up there forever. You can’t take it back and undo," she says.

Still, in today’s uncertain economic environment, social networking sites, if used wisely, can offer a valuable professional lifeline. If you’re ready to leverage the BC Law social network, here are a few places to start:

Blogs

BC Legal Eagle
http://bclegaleagle.blogspot.com/

News and research updates from the legal information librarians at Boston College Law School

Corporate law and democracy
http://reneejones.wordpress.com

A blog by Associate professor Renee Jones

EagleiOnline
http://eagleionline.com

A blog/news outlet for students of BC Law

E-Lessons Learned
http://ellblog.com/?page_id=6
An educational blog about e-discovery, technology, and human error that features insightful content authored primarily by law students from across the country, founded by Fernando Pinguelo '97

Epstein, Becker & Green Trade Secret and Noncompete
http://www.tradesecretsnoncompetelaw.com/
News and updates on developments in the law of restrictive covenants, unfair competition, and trade secrets, Barry Guryan ’71, blog contributor

Gruntled Employees
http://www.gruntledemployees.com/gruntled_employees
Making workplaces more profitable by Jay Shepherd ’94

Intellectual Property & Technology Forum & Journal
http://bciptf.org/blog/
The blog for those interested in the journal at BC Law

Law Practice Matters
http://www.lawpracticematters.com/about/

Technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the law, by Erik Mazzone (double eagle) Law ’96

Media Law
http://medialaw.legaline.com
A blog about freedom of the press by Robert Ambrogi ’80

New Jersey Elder Law and Estate Planning Blog
http://www.njelderlawestateplanning.com/

Estate planning, tax, and elder law issues for New Jersey residents, by Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss '95

Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

http://www.legaline.com/lawsites.html
This blog tracks new and intriguing websites for legal professionals, by Robert Ambrogi '80

The Client Revolution
http://www.clientrevolution.com/

For business people who deal with lawyers and law firms, named one of the Blawg 100 by the ABA Journal, Jay Shepherd ’94

The Legal History Blog
http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/boston-college-law-school-fall-2009.html

With over 500,000 visits since its launch November 2006, the blog covers scholarship, news, and new ideas in legal history


Online Communities

BC Law Counselor
http://counselor.bc.edu

Welcomes participation of students, faculty, alumni and other members of the BC Law community who want to post announcements, events, job openings, and contribute to the online forum

BC LawNet
http://www.bc.edu/bclawnet

Resources include Online Alumni Directory <!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->, Career Advisory Network, Class Notes, E-mail Forwarding, Event registration, Yellow Pages, Chapter and Group information and calendar

Digital Commons
http://lawdigitalcommons.bc.edu/

A service of the BC Law School library, which collects and preserves the scholarly output of the community and shares the school’s intellectual life and spirit with a global audience

Linkedin
Boston College Law School (profile)
http://www.linkedin.com/companies/boston-college-law-school


Boston College Law School (group)
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=99458&trk=anet_ug_parent&goback=.gdr_1265737882135_1
Alumni, faculty, and students
Owner: Steve Ridden '99
Members: 1,148
Subgroups: Public Interest, Health Care, IP, Solo Practitioners & Small Firms

Facebook

Boston College Law Alumni Connections App
http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=40733039767

BC Law Alumni
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=36516922765

Creator: Alan Caggiano '02
Members: 378
This forum is for posting photos, news, updates, requests, job opportunities about yourself and other BC Law graduates

BC Law Class of 2004
Administrators: Catherine Maxson Pieroni, Stephanie Gayol Phillipou

Members: 102

BC Law 2007
http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=BC%20Law&init=quick#!/group.php?gid=2208716682&ref=search&sid=1599921498.2268351934..1

Creator: Will Cosmas
Members: 106

BC Law ’09
http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=BC%20Law&init=quick#!/group.php?gid=2204667099&ref=search&sid=1599921498.2268351934..1
Administrators: Brandi Buehn, Jed Rosenkrantz, Tyler Arbogast
Members: 113


Twitter

Microblogging by BC Law School community members:

http://twitter.com/BCLAW, 247 followers

http://twitter.com/bobambrogi, 2,088 followers

http://twitter.com/deirdrewheatley

http://twitter.com/erikmazzone, 911 followers

http://twitter.com/jayshep, 1,626 followers

http://twitter.com/legalhistory, 207 followers

 

Podcasts

Lawyer2Lawyer
Weekly legal affairs podcast on the Legal Talk Network, hosted by Robert Ambrogi '80
http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/

YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uygwhsiPNWg
Watch a Telly Award-winning film about BC Law School