All About Information: 2010 Solo, Small Law Firm Conference

It is probably pretty obvious I’m a bit obsessed with information, how lawyers use it, and how they can find it. I spoke at the 5th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference on two panels. The first was with Rick Sage, a reference librarian at the Ontario Legislative Library. We discussed a variety of free resources available to Ontario lawyers. It was interesting to notice how many resources that appear to be “free” to our Law Society members are actually funded through their dues, like CanLII and LibraryCo. A second panel discussed focused on some advanced social media concepts, including strategy and how to manage your social activity in balance with your solo or small firm practice. The other panelists were Michele Allinotte and Jordan Furlong, both well known social media users and thinkers. It was fun hearing their take – both at the session and in our preparation – on how social media can fit into law practice.

The conference had over 200 attendees in Toronto, plus another 50 or so on the Web.  The Web stream caught one of the 3 tracks of content.  All three tracks were recorded, though, so you can purchase access to the presentations and watch them at your own pace.  I love conferences like this, for the amount and quality of information shared in such a compressed amount of time.  In reality, 250 lawyers (out of 34,000 in Ontario) is a drop in the bucket as far as educating lawyers.  But every little bit counts, and the demographics of the audience spread across all ages and years in practice.

For what they’re worth, here are the slides I shared on finding social media information and trying to control your flood of resulting RSS feeds!


David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.