Lawyers Use RSS Feeds
Lawyers have never been known as
a technical bunch, but more and more often you
see a lawyer with a palm pilot making appointments
and a blackberry for those urgent messages. Electronic
gadgets are now common in the courthouses across
the US. Lawyers have increased productivity by
utilizing technology so it should come as no surprise
that lawyers are using RSS feeds as a means to
grow and manage their practices.
Lawyers are using RSS feeds a number
of different ways to increase efficiency and productivity.
Common RSS feed usage in the legal field include:
1. Ego Feeds
First and foremost, lawyers want to know what
is being said about their firm. It is easy enough
to monitor search engines and news searches using
RSS. Lawyers create what is commonly referred
to as "ego searches". These are essentially keyword
searches (the keyword is the firm or lawyer's
name). Each time the keyword appears in the news
article or search engine a new item will appear
in the feed. Lawyers can click through and view
the source of the mention.
2. Current Events
Similar to ego feeds, lawyers use RSS to track
current events that are related to cases in which
they are involved. This might involve monitoring
specific news agencies or topics.
Ego Search Tools - http://www.rss-tools.com/ego-search-feeds.htm
3. Firm Public Relations
Won a big case, what better way to convey it than
sending a press release? Naturally, this release
should also appear in an RSS feed.to help increase
the distribution and reach of the press release.
RSS can also be used by large firms to announce
press conferences at the culmination of a case.
Law.com - http://www.law.com/service/rss.shtml
4. Court Cases
RSS can be used to monitor pending court cases,
and rulings that might effect a specific segment
RSSGov - http://www.rssgov.com/archives/000036.html
5. Pending Legislation
Lawyers can use RSS to monitor legislation that
relates to specific cases or topics. Lobbyists
can monitor votes of politicians and follow their
positions on important issues.
GovTrack - http://www.govtrack.us/
6. Client News
Ego feeds can also be used to monitor the word
on the street about a client. Whether the client
is facing a criminal trial or a civil case, the
press can undoubtedly influence a trial. Monitoring
the press for mentions help lawyers prepare the
best possible defense or prosecution.
Ego Search - http://www.feedforall.com/ego-searches.htm
7. Legal Calenders
Industry events can be followed using RSS feeds.
Legal conferences and events can be traced on
public RSS calenders.
Law School Calender - http://www.law.uoregon.edu/cal/events/index.php?com=rss
8. Share Research Tools
Lawyers can use social bookmarking tools and RSS
feeds to share web research resources with colleagues.
This can reduce the amount of time spent researching
del.icio.us - http://del.icio.us
9. Legal Employment
Job feeds are increasing in popularity in all
industries. Lawyers in search of employment openings
can subscribe to RSS feeds and learn about new
employment opportunities as they become available.
4 Legal Jobs - http://www.4legaljobs.com/show_content.php?id=1144741774
10. Court Rulings
Many courts are now publishing court rulings in
RSS feeds, making them available to the general
Court Rulings - http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/subscribe.html
11. Court of Appeals
Appeals courts are also adopting RSS feeds to
allow interested parties to monitor decisions
coming out of the court of appeals.
US Courts - http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/fdocs/docs.fwx?submit=rss_ops
12. Legal Organizations
The American Bar Association has an RSS feed and
podcast that discusses litigation. Lawyers can
use RSS feeds to stay connected to industry information.
American Bar Association - http://www.abanet.org/litigation/litigationfeed.xml
13. Continuation Education
Many legal courses have podcasts available, and
lawyers interested in expanding their education
on a specific segment of the law can listen to
audio podcasts or subscribe to video podcast lectures.
Education Feeds - http://www.educational-feeds.com
14. Legal Blogs
Many lawyers have expanded their practices by
setting up a blog offering legal advice. Often
the contents of the blog are syndicated using
Law Professors - http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/
15. Cease and Desist
There is even an RSS feed that contains Cease
and Desist Letters. As cease and desist letters
are added, clinical law students can annotate
them with questions and answers.
Chilling Effects - http://www.chillingeffects.org/index.xml
Lawyers have begun using RSS to
stay ahead and adapt to the needs of their clients.
Members of the legal profession are using RSS
in very specific ways. RSS is more than simply
a communication medium to lawyers, it is helping
them filter information that is relevant to their
practice and case load. Through RSS they are able
to gain access to relevant information in a timely
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS
feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages
marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.