Life AFTER Law …..it continues


I haven’t posted anything for a while . After studying law , working in a few practices, becoming a Legal Process Engineer and a columnist at the Journal with my own regular column, and a successful legal blogger my NOW LIFE( I shall affectionately give it this term ) is somewhat different . Better even .

After 2 years of contemplation I have decided to share some of the things I have learned along the way .

Three things strike me as major differences between my LAW LIFE and my NOW LIFE

1. The speed /pace at which thoughts make your body work to the limit. Lets face it none of us are getting any younger.

2. Relationships – in-which all areas of law are based around are often forgotten when in the LAW LIFE. The relationship between client and lawyer, accused and the state, pursuer and defender, employee and employee are relegated to WORDs on paper, decrees and contracts. In my NOWLIFE relationships move into the world of BEING and not of words .

3. Time – they say time flies when your having fun don’t they and yes I have to admit in my LAW LIFE time did pass fast . The buzz of learning and of doing . In my NOW LIFE i use time very differently and to my advantage.

So the three things SPEED, RELATIONSHIPS and TIME are my first topic for discussion with legal practitioners who pick up reading my blog now . I will leave you something to ponder :

1.How do you protect your body from the effects of working flat out, round the clock and on the clock for your. Clients?

2. Are you maximising your relationships in the office, and at home?

3. Are you a slave of time or is time working for you?

Just think about it

My next post will look into it further

Thanks for reading

Michelle Hynes LLB ( Hons) DipLP

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Lawyers : Top 5 tips for using Favorites on twitter


Lawyers Top 5 Tips for using ‘Favorites’ on twitter by Legaleaglemhm

Ok so you are busy! Part of your day both in a professional capacity and in your private life involves dipping in and out of social media.

It may appear that I am always on twitter but I will let you into my secret, I may be ‘on ‘ logged into social media but I manage my twitter use to fit around my work and family life. I’ve been on twitter since 2009 and these are some of the things I have learned over the years.

This blog post will tell you how to do it using ‘favorites’

Here is my top 5 ways of using the ‘favorite ‘ button on twitter.

First of all if you notice that I have favorite one of your post it does not necessarily mean

  1. That I like it
  2. That I endorse it
  3. Or that I will necessarily RT it.

Here is how I use ‘Favorites’ on twitter

  1. Bookmark – If I see a post that is of interest to me I will favourite it as a bookmark for reading later. I tend to read these book-marked posts late at night when I am settling down for the evening once my children are settled. It’s the time of day that I can read, think and plan. If your post makes it onto my favourite list then I will read it as some time.
  1. Follow list – If I see a post from a tweeter that is of interest to me and I want to check out their Bio and look at some of their posts before I decide to follow them I will hit the favourite button to review later. Many of the people I follow have been discovered this way.
  1. Unfollow List – yes, sometimes I see a post that I don’t like. Perhaps it is insensitive or on a topic I find distasteful or not of interest to me. As a busy professional I do not have the time to seriously review all of the people I follow so I use the favorites button to highlight their post that I can review later and then hit the Unfollow button and at times the blocked button.
  1. Blog Post list – I love blogs, reading blogs, writing blogs, and thinking about blogs. I haven’t bought a newspaper in around 5/6 years and that is because I prefer blogs. Sometimes a blog article will appear on my twitter feed and I might think I have something to say on the subject, perhaps the inspiration for an additional post of my own. My favorites button helps me to highlight blogs for me to subscribe to and ideas to throw into my think tank.
  1. List List List – I make lists, it’s kind of what I do. Funny tweeters, legal tweeters, and foodies you get the picture I use the favorites button to highlight tweeters that I want to add to a list.

I hope this blog gives you some ideas of how to effectively use ‘favorites ‘ on twitter, manage your time effectively and of course find great sources of information and wonderful people.

Add this tweet to your ‘favorites’

 

You can follow me on twitter @Legaleaglemhm

Michelle L Hynes

Legal Process Engineer

Inksters Solicitors

 

Top 50 Ways Lawyers are using twitter in 2014 – can you add to the list


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Top 50 Ways Lawyers are using twitter in 2014– can you add to the list
What are ‘Lawyers’ really using twitter for?
Twitter; we know it’s there and we use it (each of us differently) but what trends are forming and how is the profession using it for business and for ‘law’?

Marketers tell us how to ‘check our companies social media policy’ and how to ‘gain followers’ and how to ‘communicate’ but what exactly are lawyers using twitter for.
As there does not seem to be a definition of ‘lawyer’ available I use the term ‘Lawyer’ in the loosest form of the word gathering into this group law students, jurists, writers of legal commentary ,practitioners, solicitors, advocates and barristers together with legal publications and paralegals. In fact, anyone who works in the legal field.

Here is a list of a 50 plus activities currently being undertaken by ‘Lawyers’ on…

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‘The Demon That is Depression’ by Legaleaglemhm


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Walking around in their normal lives, smart suits, smiles with deadlines met, clients happy and colleagues supported.  To look at them it is not possible to see what lies beneath the suit. What lies beneath the façade of normality is a silent, deadly and unacknowledged illness that makes everyday life, more of an effort for some.

If I had broken my leg I would have a cast on it. I would have a visible message for the world that I was injured. People would take care to walk carefully as they go about their business around me. Yet there are many facets to being human.

Unseen illnesses and disabilities are a part of being human. They are not a weakness. If anything, it is my unseen disabilities and conditions that make me strong. I don’t feel like that every day though. I am in a constant battle with an unseen demon.

Today I have learned of the very tragic death of one of the world’s most enigmatic and talented actors Robin Williams at the age of 63. Robin suffered from depression. It is reported that he has taken his own life.

Enter any office, factory or workplace and yes, they are there the sufferers of depression. Over 350 Million people worldwide suffer from depression according to the World Health Organization.

Trying, struggling to deal with this unseen illness and still maintain that façade of normality. They are not the weak one’s, the lazy one’s or the one’s malingering in the staff room gossiping.

The demon does not discriminate. It attacks the strong one’s, the clever one’s, the successful one’s. It attacks doctors, lawyers, children and the aged, the rich one’s and the poor one’s alike.

The sufferers (or I call them the fighters) are the one’s trying hard to block out the demon that is depression and switch their thoughts from themselves to the world outside of themselves.

For some however, this task is so difficult that they cannot work. For some that battle becomes too much. For some they have no support, no back up. For some even having a loving supporting family is not enough. The demon is cruel. It tortures from within making even a small task such as washing or making some food difficult.

For some the demon is so powerful that it chains them to their bed. Isolates them from their friends and makes the sunrise a powerful reminder that they have not slept all night, again.

As others wander through a life dotted with joyous intervals of weekends, nights out, celebrations and fun they are consumed with an internal battle to beat the demon just an hour at a time. It is a hard task. It is exhausting.

Does it make the sufferers of depression unable to do their job? No but it is harder. Does it make the people around them inadequate if they cannot help? No but compassion and understanding helps.

As a society we label our people with various labels all the way through life. The crazy ones, the loose canons, nut job, fighter, evangelist, book worm, recluse just a few labels that we use but is there anyone who can honestly say that they have no problems at all?

The unseen illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Heart Disease, and Mental Illness have visual effects on your body often unnoticed but the psychological impact is destructive on the soul.

As many people today say “ He had so much going for him” “What a brilliant guy” and turn their minds to mourning the loss of a wonderful human being such as Robin Williams I urge you [the reader] to look a bit closer to home today, to your office, school, work place or social gathering and have compassion for your colleagues, family and friends or even just the hobo you pass in the street. No one knows the battles we each face every day just to get through till morning.

Most days the demon is defeated, some days it gets lucky, but not today.

I am unashamed to say that I suffer from (In no particular order)

Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Heart disease and a love affair with painting and Law. You can see my artwork here

My thoughts and prayers go today to the family of Robin Williams RIP and to anyone reading this who is fighting depression or other unknown illness. You are not alone. Lets kick the butt of this demon and break the stigma and support each other, not label each other.

Depression Alliance is an online support for people battling depression. http://www.depressionalliance.org

 

 

Michelle L Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLP

Legal Engineer

Inksters Solicitors

Forward Thinking Law

Lawyer, artist, writer, poet, mum, lover of painting and fighter of demons.

Follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm

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How to manage your twitter as it grows


Ok so you now have over 500 followers and you are following over 1000 gosh , how do you manage that ?

Come on no-one is super human , no one can read all these post .

I shall let you into my secret .
LISTS!!!
Decide which tweets you really want to read and make a list !! It can be private or public.
When you log into twitter it’s easy just check out your list . Simple as that .

@legaleaglemhm
Is Legal Engineer at Inksters
Writer, lawyer, blogger,artist and mum
Oh and Tweeter

Why twitter is like a river


cropped-sea-bed-michelle-hynes.jpgImagine this a beautiful fast flowing river and you stand on the banks .
Making a paper boat you chuck it in to the river , it is not alone , thousand of paper boats have been chucked in up stream too.
You watch as your boat is swept along . Others downstream catch sight of the pretty colours if your paper boat but it moves with speed .
Back on the river bank you watch all the boats appearing and disappearing like Burns said ” like the snow falls in the river a moment there then gone forever ” I paraphrase of course.

So too Twitter is like that river , the tweets are the pretty boats and you, you are the spectator – will you set sail a paper boat today ? Go on tweet it

Legaleaglemhm
Michelle L Hynes
Legal Engineer At Inksters
Writer, blogger, artist , lawyer, mum

LAW STUDENTS : Are you a LAW Geek – The 5 questions quiz by Legaleaglemhm


I have a confession to make.

My name is Legaleaglemhm and I am actually a GEEK. Yes I do have an anorak , I own a pair of binoculars and can be seen making notes in my note pad

( yes I do mean paper) I also use evernote, my iPad, iphone and the cloud I am permenantly connected to the world via social media and eat sleep think and play Law in the old form and in the new style .

Does loving technology make one a GEEK?

Here are my top 5 ways to identify if you are a GEEK

1. You use social media.

2. You know what IP is.

3 You use Technology in your law studies.

4. Your mom asks you questions on Facebook.

5. You are currently scoping out the firms you would like to work at in the future on-line.

Congratulations, you are also a law geek.

Welcome !

You can follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm

Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLp

Legal Process Engineer

@Inksters

 

 

 

LAW STUDENTS : the 15 minute rule every law student shouldn’t ignore – by legaleaglemhm


WOW ! with now over 70,000 views on my blog, months of business projects, planning writing under my belt.I found myself re examining my blog.
I actually chuckled at some of the blog posts and thought , what drivel !!!!!

It’s important to review your blog from time to time.It is crucial to re-examine your posts, sometimes re-post them and sometime actually delete or scrap posts that are out of date.
Keeping your blog freshly pressed is something we often over look.
Did you know that some people are finding your blog for the first time today. They are reading your posts written maybe three years ago – Do you want this to be the case?

Taking 15 minutes (when you have a coffee break to review your blog can make such a difference )

do it today 15 minutes

Not got a blog ?

why not ? set one up here it’s free, it’s easy it’s necessary http://www.wordpress.com 

send me your link too and i will put on my bloggers law student list

Follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm

Michelle Hynes LL.B(Hons) DipLP

Legal Process Engineer

@Inksters 
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LAW STUDENTS – THINK SMART ! Think Legal Knowledge Engineering – A top tip by Legaleaglemhm


Legal Knowledge Engineering

As you find yourselves swamped in the every day detail of legal study from reading cases, discussing statute and case law at University to hunting for a traineeship it is difficult to have vision way infront of you to the career that lies ahead .I want to give you a piece of advice which I hope gives you an advantage.

 

What you will not find (YET) during your time at University is any mention of Legal Knowledge engineering. What is it ?

 

Many Law graduates struggle to find a traineeship on completion of their legal studies and this adds even more pressure to final year and diploma students.

 

A new and innovative legal role is emerging within the legal profession.

 

The Legal Knowledge Engineer has emerged as a new viable option for Law graduates around the world. The ‘switched on’ law students of 2014 need to be watching as the role develops over the next few years.

 

My name is Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLP and I am Legal Process Engineer at Forward thinking Law firm Inksters .

 

I want to leave you with three points to think about.

 

  1. The future of Law using technology
  2. The competing legal service providers of the future
  3. The Data we gather every day in the practice of Law.

 

Legal Knowledge Engineering is new. It is unchartered teratory, it is exciting.

The next generation of lawyers can influence how it is shapes, measured, performed and evaluated.

A legal Knowledge engineer is a Lawyer ( of a new kind). There will be many variations from Legal Architect, Legal Process Engineer, Legal Project Manager.

 

Thinks Smart, Think ahead, Think Legal Knowledge Engineering.

 

Follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm

 

 

Tips Celebrity Blogging for Law Students and Lawyers by Legaleaglemhm


Wow !

Celebrity blogging for Law Students and Lawyers  !!!!!!!

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I’ve just checked my analytics for one of my 7 blogs and I am amazed to see that I have now had over 70,000 views on one blog alone (this one)

With 5500 subscribers receiving updates as and when I post.

I just want to pass on some of the tips for blogging I have learned over the years.

10 Tips for Successful Blogging


1. Keep blog posts short
2. Keep it updated
3. Engage –  it may not be twitter but you can engage with your blog audience
4. Keep it real – Humans like real stuff
5. Invite ‘guest bloggers’
6. Use twitter and facebook to promote your blog
7. Make time to blog – even 15 minutes a day can keep your blog updated
8. Read other blogs and comments:The world of ‘blogging’ is growing
9. Add images and video people are nosey ! we all like to use visual aids to help convey a message use photos, images and if you like music (but make sure you own the media Copyright Theft applies to blogs too)
10. Enjoy

That said , why not set up a blog on one of the many platforms such as wordpress or blogger or tumblr.Make a brew and get blogging.

Send me a link to your blog and I will happily review for you and offer advice.

Have a great day folks from Sunny Partick in Glasgow’s West End

Michelle L.Hynes

LL.B(Hons)DipLp

Legal Process Engineer

@inksters

Follow me on twitter @Legaleaglemhm