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Google slowed indexing for SOPA protests

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If you launched a website yesterday and were wondering why Google’s spider software wasn’t indexing your new site, there’s a reason.  Seems it was a considered decision by Google to maintain current standing in the search engine rankings for those websites protesting U.S. SOPA legislation. A number of sites, in fact, saw almost no indexing. Google itself didn’t go… more »

Stem Legal welcomes Harrison Pensa

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Stem Legal is pleased to welcome our newest client, Harrison Pensa of London, Ontario. One of southwestern Ontario’s largest and most respected full-service law firms, Harrison Pensa traces its history back to the early 20th century and still maintains the client-focused, results-driven philosophy of its founders. Harrison Pensa’s 50 lawyers practise across a remarkably wide variety of legal disciplines that… more »

Domain Name Tactics for Law Firms

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Just a quick post to say my latest Web Law Connected column is up this week on  This month’s article discusses some of the different issues many firms consider with respect to domain names. For Canadian firms, I share my thoughts on the .ca vs .com debate. Other issues include: when and how many domains to keep in… more »

Thank-you Calgary Legal Marketers

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Just wanted to post a quick note about my trip to Calgary yesterday to speak with the Calgary Legal Marketers.  Our presentation topic was building an effective web presence in the legal industry, and the issues covered included: some recent trends & adoption rates; the basics of lawyer SEO and link building tactics; and how lawyers & firms can participate… more »

Happy Birthday Clio!

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A big pat on the back for Stem client Themis Solutions, makers of law practice software Clio, on the occasion of its first birthday! It’s been a tremendous first year for Clio since it launched one year ago today. Since then, the company has added has hundreds of users globally, who collectively manage (pulled from an upcoming press release):… more »

Announcing Google OS! Kinda…

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For someone who does the vast majority of their work online, including using Google Apps quite extensively here at Stem, I was pretty excited to see this announcement about the new Google Chrome Operating System.  That is, until I hit the second paragraph: Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. more »

Legal IT 3 in Montreal

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As I get set to fly to Chicago for this year’s ABA Techshow, I am happy to write that I’ll also be participating in Canada’s Legal IT 3 conference just a couple weeks later, April 20th & 21st in Montreal. I will be speaking with my friends Connie Crosby and Kevin O’Keefe in a session on building a better… more »

Stem Client Roundup for March ’09

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Between several website launches, new service pages, and interviews, March saw many completed projects and achievements for Stem’s clients. Here’s our monthly sampling: Chicago lawyer Jonathan Rosenfeld, who specializes in nursing home abuse cases, was quoted in a Lawyers USA article on the increase in number of nursing home residents with mental disabilities, and the resulting rise of patient-on-patient… more »

Please LegalZoom, No More Spam

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I received the following email last week from an employee at LegalZoom: Hey Steve, I’ve been doing some research into legal issues and how they are represented online, specifically focusing on blogs. Your site has really grabbed my attention for the wealth of topical writing you have done and your involvement in the online legal community.  I currently work for more »

New Article in the Texas Bar Journal

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This month’s Texas Bar Journal inlcudes a republication of my article, It’s Not the Tool, It’s You! Many thanks to the TBJ’s technology editor, John Sirman, for picking it up from Slaw‘s RSS feed. It’s also worth noting from a web-marketing perspective. The next time someone says blogging & RSS aren’t valuable marketing tactics, consider routing them… more »

2008 CLawBies Nominations

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As noted on this afternoon, the 2008 Canadian Law Blog Awards will once again be announced on New Year’s Eve. This will be the third year of the awards, with this year’s edition adding a couple of new changes to the nomination process. First, we have opened up email nominations so bloggers, and friends of bloggers, can tell us… more »

Congratulations Rees Morrison

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Long time legal management blogger Rees Morrison announced yesterday that he has left Hidebrandt to start his own independent practice as a legal department consultant.  His company will focus on working with in-house corporate counsel, advising on internal management issues, strategy and outside counsel relationships. Contact information for Rees & his new company are located at (new website… more »

US Legal Market Statistics

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Larry Bodine notes the release of a legal industry statistics summary on his Law marketing portal. The document was put together by Margaret Grisdela, president of Legal Expert Connections. The survey covers everything from the number of lawyers licensed to practice in the U.S., to the number of firms, size of firms, etc. It’s a very quick read,… more »

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