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


‘The Demon That is Depression’ by Legaleaglemhm


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.



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.

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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 .
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 .

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

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

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



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


Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLP

Lawyer & Legal Process Engineer

Pioneer and Legaleagle


2014 : The year of Law and The Creative Industries



1003953_630343610341686_1163450775_nWow ! 2013 was certainly a great year for me folks but having had a wonderful christmas and super busy January I now return to my legal blogging with a focus on the creative industries.

As a lawyer and an artist I have been spending some time doing what I love to do and that is paint. I have been  exhibiting, selling and showing my work and finding myself in the company of many new emerging and super talented artists. You never can take that legal head off can you ?

The same recurrent questions seem to be batted around at many groups and exhibitions I have been involved with. I actually have been taken back by the amount of misinformation, urban legend and utter rubbish I haver heard about Intellectual property whilst wearing my “artist ” hat. It got me thinking , how do these genius artists actually know how to protect themselves and their work in this ever changing landscape of art . The traditional methods of exhibiting , selling and displaying art have changed and some artists are fearful of showing their art for feel or infringement, theft and surely this is stunting our creative juices?

February sees the launch of a series of articles by me aimed directly at the new emerging artists who despite being fantastically talented still seek the expert advice of the legal profession for questions such as How to protect your intellectual property. How to exhibit.How to make sure you are credited with your rights.How to register a design.How to make sure your attributed with your rights when collaborating with others.

Law and The creative industry is an area which I am passionate about and will be a focus of my blog for the next few posts. If you have a specific area that you would like me to touch on please leave a comment below.

( My posts do not constitute as legal advice and are aimed at provinging guidance only )

Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons) PGDipLP

Lawyer, artist,writer,poet and Gobi Desert trekker


Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Glasgow 2009 and Diploma in Legal Practice in 2011.

follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm




Death of the handshake -Twitter That old devil that it is

Twitter – That old devil that it is


Some refer to twitter as a ‘waste of time’ and some cannot see what anyone would possibly use it for.

People use twitter for many different reasons including chatting, following great links and doing business.

One might ask how can you do business using 140 characters?

Let me tell you how twitter is becoming like the ‘virtual hand shake’

In life-before twitter I attended many events both business and social where the first time I met someone – I smiled (an incredible smile) reached out my hand and gripped firmly.Yes, I do have a firm handshake.
This ‘reaching out’ made a ‘connection’ a primitive way of saying ‘hello’ ‘how do you do’ it was an expression that I wanted to talk , engage and perhaps even do business or become friends.

The explosion of ‘twitter’ means that connections are more often made now from one keyboard to another or one application to another. Is the handshake DEAD?

Does twitter ‘kill the handshake?’

No , twitter lets me have thousands of hands whooooopeeee.

I can reach out and connect with MORE and MORE people who I want to engage with when I want to engage with them.

And remember I can now exchange a ‘virtual handshake’ with people around the world.

Next time you reach out your hand to shake the hand of another human being , think on……….the virtual handshake saves time and money(no flight costs to travel to meet them) (No germs, erm I do know some people who are a bit OCD when it comes to shaking hands) and (convenience you can meet many people right from where you are now)

Whether you’re looking to grow your network, learn, make referrals or even just chat the Twitter handshake is there at the tip of your fingers)

Very pleased to meet you
*virtual handshake and a smile from Partick*


Law Professor says – All NEW LAWYERS should be techies

Why all NEW lawyers should be Techies  by Legaleaglemhm

I am currently researching for a paper I am working on and as I have a passion for Law I find myself in ‘Fairy godmother of Law students ‘mode. Listen up you lawyerly types, Ive got something to share with you.*****waves magic wand******

When people speak about Technology in legal matters one could be forgiven for thinking that Technology is a specific area of law. One might think that we are referring to a group of specialist Lawyers trained specifically in the goings on of Technology companies,the world of Intellectual property and so forth but actually when we speak about Law and technology we should know that the language of law has changed.

It is now a term that relates to the everyday workings of Law students,academics and lawyers in their every day life. Law ,  a traditional subject has evolved.FACT.

I came across a really interesting article tonight on the Legalrebels blog by Dan Katz Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director – ReInvent Law: A Law Laboratory Devoted to Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship

Tech skills are the key to law students’ future employment, says ‘13 Legal Rebel Dan Katz


Photo of Dan Katz by Wayne Slezak.

Law professor Daniel Martin Katz is betting the pot–his future and those of his students–on a radical model of legal training and job placement.

Katz’s ReInvent Law Laboratory, which he co-founded and co-directs with fellow Michigan State University College of Law professor Renee Newman Knake, aims to prepare students and practicing lawyers for what the face of law will become as traditional delivery models stagnate and legal technology startups and alternative service providers continue to expand.

“The part [of the legal profession] that is actually growing–the Clearspires, the Axioms, legal process outsourcers and software companies–they need people with particular sets of skills who have domain expertise and can build software that works to solve legal problems,” says Katz, an associate law professor with a tech and public policy background–an unusual combination in legal academia. “They need lawyers who know the law, understand software and technology, and [know] how to mesh the two.”

Katz’s familiarity and expertise with visual design, computer science and big data are missing from most law school faculties, says MSU Law dean Joan W. Howarth, who recruited Katz to be a change agent at her school.

“I was especially pleased when Dan took his expertise and his passion to questions about the future of the legal profession and industry,” Howarth says, “because he has the skills to be able to think about, write about and push forward any kind of subject.”

To that end, the ReInvent Law module includes a core curriculum of classes designed to teach students and practicing lawyers “hard skills” such as quantitative legal prediction (including technology that predicts whether a client has a case, the odds of winning it and which arguments should be used in support). The program also promotes the research and development of legal service models that are affordable, accessible and widely adopted through startup competitions and free daylong seminars designed to spark ideas and conversation among leading entrepreneurs and legal innovators. That crowd includes Katz’s students, who are gaining the attention of legal employers–and getting hired.

Although Katz, 35, actively recruits tech-savvy prospective students the way a college football coach scouts talent (Katz played ball at the University of Oregon), that doesn’t mean policy-science majors need not apply.

“They just have to be willing to take a crash course and learn” (which he says has never been easier thanks to the explosion of free, online university-level classes) “because in this industry, you don’t have to be able to outrun the bear; you just have to outrun the other people. When it comes to a technical standpoint, most people in the legal industry can’t even walk.”

Katz has no qualms that his vision won’t kowtow to those married to traditional law school methods and business models. He feels the placement of ReInvent Law students in BigLaw jobs will spur wider adoption of similar modules that teach these skill sets and increase demand for those who possess them.

To break the barrier with traditional firms, “you have to have somebody so ‘teched up’ that it makes sense to hire them,” Katz says.

“Discovery is where it clearly makes sense. When I talk to lead discovery law firm partners, they say that they need people with these skills and would rather take a person like that than someone currently in their organizations,” Katz says. “They’ll say that off the record, but the idea is the No. 2 person on the matter doesn’t know anything; they’re just there.”

“If we prove this [model] is successful, there will be a lot of copycats, but the problem is law school faculty don’t have the tools; there are no tech skills or design training, no entrepreneurs,” Katz says.

“They don’t have skin in the game. I’m in the club because I’ve got [capital in legal tech] companies and have pushed all my chips forward on this. That’s my bet. We’ll see where it lands.”

I couldn’t agree more with professor Katz and If you want to ‘stay in the game’ then get your anorak, get learning.FAST. ( I say this as I work Geekily away on my mac )

What do you think ? I welcome your comments


Michelle L Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLp