Top lawyers to watch on social media 

Count me among the first to acknowledge that there are good reasons to believe lawyers, judges and social media don’t mix — but let’s face it: Some lawyers are a lot of fun to track online.

They offer insight, expertise — and often good humor. Though I specialize in personal injury law in Denver, Colorado, I enjoy checking in with lawyers and judges whose expertise falls in other areas to stay informed about significant rulings and trends in the legal profession and law schools. Here’s a short list of jurists and lawyers to watch:

Texas State Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, who is also known as the “Tweeter Laureate of Texas.” He tweets a lot about the United States Constitution and also posts a lot of funny jokes and family photos. You can find him on Twitter, his main social media hangout, @justicewillett.

Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics & Public Policy Center. Looking for insight into the current confirmation hearings and political wrangling related to Colorado native and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court? Mr. Whelan directs the center’s program on The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture, which focuses on one of the most controversial issues in American society today: the proper role of the courts in construing the Constitution. Mr. Whelan is also a regular contributor to National Review Online’s Bench Memos blog, and he has a robust Facebook following.

Margaret Hagan of Stanford Law
Ms. Hagan is the rare person who so beautifully shows where law and art meet. A fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, she is a lawyer and designer committed to helping increase access to justice through technology and design. She regularly posts about interesting topics in the legal industry and uses her graphic design skills to illustrate bright ideas. While in law school, she created the Open Law Lab, which “explores how law can be more engaging, more usable, and more useful” and aims to “… document how students, lawyers, researchers, and professionals can build products and services to redesign law.” For quick-hit updates, follow her on Twitter @MargaretHagan, or visit the Open Law Lab’s website.

Joshua Kubicki, chief strategy officer of Seyfarth Shaw, LLC. Mr. Kubicki focuses on how to build, launch and sustain new business models for legal markets. If you’re a lawyer looking for ways to build more effective teams and/or more efficient work processes, Mr. Kubicki regularly offers great ideas and guidance — such as this so-called manifesto he created for a small, internal team he formed. He’s on Twitter @jkubicki and blogs regularly at Medium.

Jayne Reardon, directory of 2Civility. This Chicago-based nonprofit focused on legal professionals in Illinois offers great ideas for legal professionals in every state. 2Civility’s mission is to promote “a culture of civility and inclusion in which Illinois lawyers and judges embody the ideals of the legal profession in service to the administration of justice in our democratic society.” The organization’s core programs include mentoring for young lawyers and coordination with law schools to ensure workforce preparedness. Ms. Reardon tweets a lot about the core principles of the legal profession at @2civility.

Who knew lawyers could be so funny? For a good laugh, head to Twitter to see Lawyer Thoughts and haiku about the U.S. Supreme Court.  https://twitter.com/lawyerthoughts and https://twitter.com/SupremeHaiku.

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