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Much attention is paid to lawyers' blogs, but what about those other bloggers in your firm -- the paralegals, legal secretaries, librarians and the folks in the C suite? The always-informative blog The Estrin Report serves to remind us that paralegals are bloggers too. Now, the San Francisco legal newspaper The Recorder spotlights the range of nonlawyer legal professionals who write blogs of their own -- "some proudly, some secretly."

In that latter category is the legal secretary who writes Lawyer's Right Hand. She blogs anonymously, she tells reporter Pam Smith, because she is "not quite ready to find out what my employer thinks about my blogging." But after working as a legal secretary for 15 years, she felt she had a lot to share, so she started her blog in February.

For longtime paralegal Jeannie Johnston, her blog, ParalegalGateway's Weblog, started as a companion to her Web site, ParalegalGateway.com. She continues it for the love of her profession, she says, while acknowledging that it helps bring in phone calls at her current job as manager of client accounts for an Atlanta court-reporting firm.

Then there are those who blog from the C-suite, such as Tom Baldwin, chief knowledge officer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, who writes the blog Knowledgeline, and Bruce Allen, chief marketing officer at Rutan & Tucker, who blogs at Marketing Catalyst. When reporter Smith asked Allen what prompted him to start blogging back in 2002, he laughed and replied, "Being opinionated." In that respect, these nonlawyer legal bloggers have much in common with their lawyer counterparts.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 14, 2007 at 04:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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