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Law Firms Using Social Networking for Training

Last week, at Lexblog, Kevin O'Keefe posted about how corporations have started incorporating social networking sites into the workplace to facilitate collaboration and link employees working at different locations.  O'Keefe encouraged law firms to experiment with social networking rather than resisting it.

Now, one firm, DLA Piper is doing just that.  According to this story, DLA Piper has announced an internal social networking site for future hires.  The portal, called "Inside the Tent," is similar to sites such as Facebook, but relies on a different platform and can only be accessed by those inside the firm.  The site is intended to make new hires feel part of the firm as soon as they accept employment, and is expected to allow for easier communication about firm activities.

There's no discussion about whether the in-house site will be used to cement relationships between lawyers in DLA Piper's many offices. But the site represents a start towards integration of social networking tools that many of the firm's larger clients most likely already use.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on January 29, 2008 at 02:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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