We welcome Social Media Best Practices discussion on Twitter. Here are some participants.

Please leave your Twitter username in the comments (and your position and school affiliation if you’d like, of course) in the comments to add to the list.

Name Twitter Profile School/Organization and Position
Austin Groothuis CALIorg CALI’s organizational Twitter account (by CALI’s Marketing Manager)
Elmer Masters emasters CALI Director of Internet Development
John Mayer johnpmayer CALI Executive Director
Laura Bergus lbergus Social Media Policy and Technology Consultant, Bradley & Guzzetta
Jill De Young iowalawschool Director of External Relations, University of Iowa College of Law
Aaron Rester uchicagolaw


Manager of Electronic Communications, University of Chicago Law School
Tonya Oaks Smith marleysmom Director of Communications, UALR Bowen School of Law
John DiPippa jmdipippa Dean, UALR Bowen School of Law
Roger Skalbeck gtownlawlib


Associate Law Librarian, Georgetown Law Library
Kristina Lively klively


University at Buffalo Law School
Christine Helper chrissyhelper Associate Director, University of Maine Law School
Harvard Law School hlslib


Kristen Hulse kristenhulse Assistant Director, Graduate Professional Development, Georgetown University Law Center
Alan Pannell wiselawlibrary Head of Reference, University of Colorado Law Library

I’m wondering if anyone is recommending specific social networks to students/alumni? At Iowa, we’re recommending LinkedIn and Twitter (though, of course, Twitter’s status as a “social network” as opposed to another type of platform is debatable).

What other sites are you using or recommending? Here are some legal-community specific ones that I’m aware of… Whoever has a better list – please post a link in the comments. Thanks!

Iowa Law presented to new students during the summer 2009 orientation about managing online identity.

During the presentation, Iowa Law’s academic achievement director, Brian Farrell, also referenced these relevant stories:

Would your institution make this presentation to students? What’s your impression of it?

Here is a presentation provided by Aaron Rester, from a talk he gave at the 2009 eduWeb conference on using Twitter in higher education.

Here are the results of the survey on how law schools are using social media, from July 2009: Excel spreadsheet of survey results.

Each question is its own page.

There were 138 respondents total. The original survey is still posted here.

Since one of the webinar attendees asked which schools were represented in the survey, I am pasting a list of schools based those who opted to self-identify their school (this was not a required question). You can find these in the results attached above as well.

1 Albany Law
1 Arkansas
3 Baylor
1 Boston University
1 Cardozo
3 Catholic University
1 Charlotte School of Law
1 Cooley
1 Creighton
1 Cumberland School of Law
1 Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
1 Emory University School of Law
2 Franklin Pierce Law Center
2 Georgetown
2 Georgia State University College of Law
1 Golden Gate
1 Harvard
1 IU School of Law Indianapolis
1 Kaplan University – Concord Law School
1 Lewis & Clark
1 Loyola Chicago
1 Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
1 Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
1 Northeastern School of Law
1 Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
1 Oklahoma City University School of Law
1 Phoenix School of Law
1 Quinnipiac
1 Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU
1 Santa Clara
1 Stetson
2 The Catholic University of America
1 The George Washington University Law School
2 Touro Law Center
1 UALR Bowen School of Law
1 Université de Montréal
1 University of Akron
1 University of Arkansas
1 University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
1 University of Cincinnati College of Law
1 University of Colorado
1 University of Houston Law Center
1 University of Iowa College of Law
1 University of Kansas School of Law
1 University of Maine School of Law
1 University of Miami
1 University of Michigan
1 University of Nebraska College of Law
1 University of Oregon School of Law
1 University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
1 University of Pittsburgh School of Law
1 University of San Diego
2 University of San Francisco School of Law
2 University of South Carolina
1 University of Strathclyde
1 University of Tokyo Faculty of Law
1 University of Toledo
1 University of Utah College of Law
1 University of Victoria
2 Washburn University School of Law
1 Widener Harrisburg
1 Widener University
1 William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Contact Austin with any questions.

The goals we’ve identified are:

  1. Obtain commitment from schools to work towards standardized social media use.
  2. Collect data to inform realistic policy recommendations. (The survey was one step – what esle would you like to know?)
  3. Draft standardized guidelines documents for staff, faculty, students. (What do you think about the staff policy recommendation? Would your school adopt it?)
  4. Recruit schools willing to adopt the guidelines and provide feedback to the group.
  5. Evaluate feedback, adjust recommendations as necessary.
  6. Seek adoption of best practices guidelines by every law school in the land.
  7. Bask in the glory of well-connected students, collaborative faculty, integrated staff, engaged alumni, and an informed public…

If you would be willing to assist with any of these steps, or have recommendations for timing and staging of our goals, let’s hear it!

What would be a good timeline to for completion? How about six months and something to brag about at the AALS annual meeting in January?

If you ever would prefer to contribute via email, feel free to contact me at laura.bergus@gmail.com or Austin at agroothuis@cali.org.