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Legal news on the webA brief review of client news, law firm PR tips and the latest from Lawyer Tech Review

By Geri L. Dreiling

At Legal Media Matters, nothing makes us happier than using our know-how to get our clients noticed. This week, we had a lot to celebrate.

We were able to connect St. Louis family lawyer and mediator Marta J. Papa with a national women’s magazine for an interview for an upcoming article. Papa is a frequent commenter on both divorce law and conflict resolution. Last fall she was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in a piece on divorcing in tough economic times without breaking the bank.

And St. Louis lawyer Kathryn Van Voorhees was interviewed by Pamela Raymond of the Girls Guide to the Galaxy. In the article, Legal Eagle 101: What kind of business entity should I be? Van Voorhees discussed the pros and cons of setting up a business as a sole proprietorship, limited liability company or S corporation.

Finally, the St. Louis law firm Brown & Crouppen was named a “Winningest Plaintiff Law Firm” in 2010 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Brown & Crouppen lawyer James P. Lemond was named a “Winningest Plaintiff Attorney.”

This week, Legal Media Matters also launched Lawyer Tech Review, a new blog aimed at providing plain-language tech, gadget and app tips to lawyers and other professionals. The blog is presented in both English and Spanish versions.

LTR is giving away one Dragon Naturally Speaking or Dictate package. To be eligible for the random drawing, you need only subscribe to the blog’s e-mail alert by 5 p.m. CST Monday, Feb. 7. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Now, a quick roundup of noteworthy items you may have missed.

Google Algorithm Change Launched

Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s webspam team, announces that Google has launched an algorithm change that could affect those who simply republish content on the Web. The goal is to prevent republishers from outranking the original content publishers. If your law blog republishes articles rather than providing fresh content, you could see a drop in your blawg’s performance.

Effective Use of Press Releases for Marketing Your Law Practice

When should you use a press release to promote your law practice? How do you write one? In this guest article, written for the ABA’s Young Lawyer Division, I tackle these questions and offer tips and how-to’s for legal press releases. (Note: The ABA’s site is down until Feb. 7 for maintenance.)

App Friday: Beverly Michaelis

Beverly Michaelis, law practice management advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund and blogger at Oregon Law Practice Management, shares some of her favorite iPhone and iPad apps for work and for fun.

If you have a tech tip you’d like to share with other lawyers or want to highlight your favorite iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or Android apps, you can Lawyer Tech Review via our online contact form. For regular Lawyer Tech Review updates, subscribe to our free email newsletter.

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