Field and Legal RSS Feeds
Legal 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 of law.
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
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 issues.
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 public.
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
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 RSS feeds.
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 fashion.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
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.