Thursday, February 20, 2014
Our BLPB group has had a number of email discussions recently about the use of social media including blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for professional purposes. My home institution has discussed the same topic and even held a “training” session on technology in and outside of the classroom. Because I am a heavy user, I volunteered to blog about how I use social media as a lawyer and academic in the hopes of spurring discussion or at least encouraging others to take a dip in the vast pool of social media.
Although I have been on Facebook for years, I don’t use that professionally at all. I also don’t allow my students to friend me, although I do know a number of professors who do. I often see lawyer friends discussing their clients or cases in a way that borders on violations of the rules of professional conduct, and I made sure to discuss those pitfalls when I was teaching PR last year.
I have also used LinkedIn for several years, mainly for professional purposes to see what others in my profession (at the time compliance and privacy work) were thinking about. I still belong to a number of LinkedIn groups and have found that academics from other countries tend to use LinkedIn more than US professors. I have received a number of invitations to collaborate on research just from posts on LinkedIn. I also encourage all of my law students to join LinkedIn not only for networking purposes, but also so that they can attract recruiters, who now use LinkedIn almost as often as they use headhunters. When I blog, I link my posts to LinkedIn, which in turn automatically posts to Twitter.
I admit that I did not like Twitter at first. I now have three Twitter accounts- follow me at @mlnarine. I started using Twitter when I was a deputy general counsel and compliance officer and I followed law firms and every government agency that was online that regulated my industry. The government agencies were very early to the Twitter game and I once learned about a delay in the rollout of a regulation via Twitter a full week before my outside counsel who was working on the project informed me.
I also use the hashtag system (#) to see what others are saying on topics that hold my interest such as #csr (corporate social responsibility and unfortunately also customer service rep), #socent for social enterprise, #corpgov for corporate governance, and #Dodd-Frank and #climatechange (self explanatory).
I make an effort to tweet daily and am now an expert in trying to say something useful in 140 characters or less (being on yearbook staff in high school and counting characters for headlines made this a breeze for me). I re-tweet other tweets that I believe may be of interest to my followers or links to articles, and often gain new followers based on what I have chosen to tweet, largely because of my use of hashtags. In fact, after a marathon tweeting session following the Dodd-Frank conflict minerals oral argument before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, I received four calls from the press for interviews, a nice, unexpected benefit of trying to educate my followers. Often when I attend conferences, such as last week’s ABA meeting or the UN’s Business and Human Rights Forum, the organizers develop a hashtag so that those who cannot attend in person can follow the proceedings through tweets and the attachments to those tweets.
The best part of twitter is that I met fellow blogger, Haskell Murray because of one his tweets and that led to an invitation to speak at a conference. Haskell has published a useful list of business law professors on Twitter so if you’re not on his list, let us know and we will update it.
Next week I will post about the benefits or perils of blogging, especially for someone new to academia.
February 20, 2014 in Business Associations, Anne Tucker, Conferences, Corporate Governance, Corporations, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Haskell Murray, Marcia L. Narine, Social Enterprise, Stefan J. Padfield, Teaching, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)
Monday, November 18, 2013
Bridget Crawford (Pace Law) authored this helpful Census of Law Professors on Twitter post on the Faculty Lounge last year, but I thought it might be nice to have a subject matter list (and include the business school legal studies professors, now that I am in a business school). Like Stefan, I mostly tweet about business law topics, though I could not resist a few tweets about Belmont's exciting win over UNC in basketball yesterday.
For this list, I used a relatively broad definition of “business law” and included professors who focus on at least one of the following areas: banking, bankruptcy, business associations, contracts, corporate governance, M&A, law & economics, securities regulation, tax, UCC, and white collar crime. I am sure I left many people out. Feel free to contact me with additions or add others in the comments. I may update this list from time to time.
Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA Law) – @ProfBainbridge
Cass Brewer (Georgia State Law) – @brewer_cass
Sam Brunson (Loyola-Chicago Law) – @smbrnsn
Seletha Butler (Georgia Tech Business) – @ProfSButler
Paul Caron (Pepperdine Law) – @SoCalTaxProf
John Coates (Harvard Law) – @jciv
Bridget J. Crawford (Pace Law) – @ProfBCrawford
Steven Davidoff (Ohio State Law) – @StevenDavidoff
Laura Dove (Troy Business) – @LauraRDove
Joshua Fershee (West Virginia Law) – @jfershee
Victor Fleischer (San Diego Law) – @vicfleischer
Kent Greenfield (Boston College Law) – @Kentgreenfield1
Joan Heminway (Tennessee Law) – @VolunteerTwit
Peter J. Henning (Wayne State Law) – @peterjhenning
Mike Koehler (Southern Illinois Law) – @fcpaprofessor
Kim Krawiec (Duke Law) – @KimKrawiec
Kevin Lee (Campbell Law) – @Kleee
Mark Loewenstein (Colorado Law) – @mjloewenstein
Meredith R. Miller (Touro Law) – @Prof_Miller
Haskell Murray (Belmont Business) – @HaskellMurray
Marcia Narine (St. Thomas-FL Law) – @mlnarine
Stefan Padfield (Akron Law) – @ProfPadfield
Marisa Pagnattaro (UGA Business) – @pagnattaro
Alicia Plerhoples (Georgetown Law) – @aplerhoples
Ellen Podgor (Stetson Law) – @whitecollarprof
Scott Pryor (Regent Law) – @profpryor
Brian JM Quinn (Boston College Law) – @bjmquinn
Susan Samuelson (Boston Business) – @bizlawupdate
Gordon Smith (BYU Law) – @professor_smith
Jennifer Taub (Vermont Law) – @jentaub