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

 

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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

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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LIKE my page on Facebook (it’s a new one) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-L-Hynes-LLB-Hons-Diplp-Legaleaglemhm/382292815204678?ref=hl

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

Lawyers & The Hunter for Data October : A Legal Knowledge Engineering Series


Lawyers The Hunter for Data October : A Legal Knowledge Engineering Series

 

Data : It is everywhere yet it evades the radar of the knowledgable. Perhaps it wears an invisibility cloak or it has become acclimatized already. Never the less data has somehow managed to fool us.

The terms Big Data, Data harvest, Data management, data manipulation, Data storage, Data shed,: the list goes on and on.

Yet it is not something new at all. The diminishing buzzwords we all have become accustomed to in the 90’s and 00’s are being gradually replaced organically with a new set of terms circulating around our society and incorporating new terms such as algorithms, process management and data value.

Have you ever put your hand into a pair of jeans pocket and found a £10 note or $10 bill that suddenly brought a smile to your face on a cold October morning just before pay-day?

The value of that Data stored away by law firms over the last ten years or more has suddenly become just like that surprise October find .

It is not finding the data per se that has generated the frenzy but the methodology used in which the processing of the data can be managed and utilized by every member of a firm from the top-level managing partners down to the cleaners and porters.

I don’t buy into the term ‘Big Data’ which suggests a superior , standalone entity of data which dictates the way we function within organisation.

Within what I call “ Systems Function Data’ there are various methods of analyzing and using the large quantities of data we already hold, gather and extrapolate.

Ultimately it is about taking all of the data and simplifying it , reducing it to information that can be used by staff and customers to improve their decision-making process. Systems Function data exists already in every firm, what is occurring now are new innovative ways of making actionable steps to improve efficiency. So it’s actually about creating simple actionable information.

Interaction has begun , do you speak data?

A few key innovations have suddenly started to be able to interact with the Systems Function data stored already. The Cloud, mobile workplaces, specialized analytics and algorithms and data visualization techniques act as gatekeepers to our entrance to the language of ‘Systems Data’.

If we want to be able to put systems data to work for us, first we need to communicate with it using a language we can understand.

By studying the language of systems data we can communicate and use the data to create a more effective and informed decision-making process and, ultimately, higher quality, lower cost legal services.  All legal , business and personal decisions fundamentally depend upon the following simple questions:

  • What is happening? – A snap shot audit and Real-time visibility of the most critical indicators for your organization
  • Why is it happening? – The ability to look into current issues to understand what led to the results
  • What should we be doing? – The ability to determine road maps, goals and objectives, allocate resources, monitor them and evolve
  • What is likely to happen in the future? – Being able to monitor and analyze current and past performance to proactively address evolving trends and predict possible outcomes

As the language of Systems Function data evolves, so too the handling and use of this data adapts to the changes. It’s a new frontier for the legal profession and business in general and one which will encounter many turns and twists along the way.

It isn’t only about extracting the data it’s about being proactive rather than reactive with visualizing and creating innovative methods of determining what IS data.

The skills and experience of your team can be harvested too offering an accent to the language of the data creating a specialism in a specific area of practice.

 

Do your team speak ‘Data?’

Michelle l Hynes LL.B (Hons) DiPLP

Legal Process Engineer

@Inksters

follow me @legaleaglemhm

 

 

 

The 3 drivers of legal landscaping but what are they?


According to Prof Richard Susskind OBE there are 3 drivers of legal change which give rise to new roles within the legal profession.

1. Increased cost pressures placed upon law firms

2. Liberalisation and the emergence of Non-law firms providing legal services

3. The management of the effective use of technology in Law

 

These three weather conditions ( if you like the analogy of the legal profession encountering a storm of great magnitude) give rise to a new breed of legal professionals with deep and profound legal skills that bring a great value to their firm .

Susskind explains on US TV Bloomberg that the emerging roles of Legal Knowledge (Process) engineer, Legal Project manager and Legal Risk Manager will become keys roles in Law firms of the future. Perhaps these job titles will be tailored and tweaked to fit the individual firms my role is Legal Process Engineer at @Inksters. The fact remains that the stereo typical Rumpole of the Bailey lawyer is a thing of the past. A new identity of what makes a lawyer is being forged.

You can watch Susskind’s interview here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL2YKBYIEQM#t=370

 

Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLP

Lawyer & Legal Process Engineer

Pioneer and Legaleagle

 

What is Legal Process (Knowledge) Engineering ?


What is Legal Process (Knowledge) Engineering ?
Legal Process (Knowledge) Engineering is a role which has startled some, caused many a disgruntled look and made some lawyers stare blankly onto their desks.

On the other hand it has caused some to sit up and take notice, direct their attention from their writs and even pray that this newly created role might, just might be the ‘missing link’ to a new legal profession.

The role itself does not fit in with the traditional perception of ‘what it is to be a lawyer’.

No-one at law school mentioned it. Legal Knowledge Engineering ( our title has been tweaked to fit our firm) is a new term coined by Professor Richard Susskind OBE.

Richard Susskind is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and national governments, and holds law professorships at Gresham College in London and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service, with particular reference to information technology. He has written and edited numerous books, including “The Future of Law” and “The End of Lawyers?”, and has written over 100 columns for The Times.

Professor Richard Susskind is regarded as a true guru of legal technology and visionary predictions for the future of the legal profession worldwide. He has challenged law firms to recognize the market pull towards commoditization of legal services and to source routine and repetitive tasks in a more efficient way, and has predicted changing roles for the legal profession and need for increased professionality and efficiency by combining business development with technology. He has even predicted that computerizing will come to replace some of the traditional work of lawyers in firms and that the new legal career Legal Knowledge Engineer will evolve to meet the new talent demands for lawyers with competence to combine legal knowledge with IT skills. By implementing automated document production to support standardisation, firms will be able to deliver the same quality legal services and yet maintain profit margins regardless of fee structure. However, it is important not to underestimate the level of competence and skills required to understand and implement business support tools, in particular IT solutions, in a way that really enables a law practice to benefit and leverage the business and knowledge resources.

The role of Legal Knowledge Engineer is a key position within the law firms of our future sitting somewhere within organisational charts along side partners, associates and general counsel. When implementing a document assembly tool, legal documents need to be converted and connected in the right way to maximise efficiency. This is not possible for someone from the IT department, who might not have the relevant legal knowledge – and could also be difficult for a lawyer who does not really understand the complexity and potential of the tool.

This observation has also been made by Professor Richard Susskind in his book The end of lawyers?: Susskind says “It is entirely misconceived to think, as many lawyers do, that work on standards and systems can be delegated to junior research or support lawyers. If a legal business is going to trade on the strength of outstanding standards and systems, then it will need outstanding lawyers involved in their design and development. These legal knowledge engineers will also be needed to undertake another central task: the basic analysis and decomposition of legal work that I claim will be required if legal work is to be multi-sourced effectively and responsibly.” It is therefore important for the legal profession to acknowledge the unique competencies required to combine legal knowledge and IT skills to build a business differentiator.

The Legal Knowledge Engineer or in our case the Legal Process Engineer is a role in its embryonic stages which will over the course of the next year draw influences from outside of the profession to equip us with a newly engineered model of practice which we envisage will make us ‘Fit for purpose’ for the future of law. Personally as a pioneering Legal Process Engineer I welcome the challenge to step precariously outside of the legal comfort zone , my own comfort zone and take that leap of faith that we can engineer a new legal landscape.

I have joined innovative & Award winning Law firm @Inksters with our visionary and Managing partner @Brianinkster at the helm.

Let our journey commence.

Michelle Hynes LL.B(Hons) DipLP follow on on twitter @legaleaglemhm

Legal Process Engineer