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Networking Group for Appellate Lawyers and In-House Counsel

After attempting to start some discussions on the LinkedIn Appellate Lawyer Network, I’ve concluded the group is useless. My posts aren’t being accepted, and what’s made the cut doesn’t involve anything specific to appellate practice. In fact, the list seems like just another place for self-declared “marketing experts” or “social media gurus” to ply their wares.

So, I’ve decided to create a new LinkedIn group focused on creating legitimate networking opportunities for U.S. attorneys actually practicing appellate law. In keeping with that goal, I’ve named it the Appellate Lawyer Networking Group. To be eligible, a potential group member must be (1) a practicing appellate lawyer in a U.S. firm of any size, or (2) an in-house lawyer who is interested in appellate issues and could benefit from access to the group.

I know the trend favors “open” groups, but I think there would be value in a closed group allowing appellate lawyers and in-house counsel to exchange ideas and become more familiar with each other, free of the junk that comes through on other lists or overt sales pitches. If you agree and meet the criteria, please consider applying for membership in the new group.

Members, think of the group as a virtual water cooler for appellate lawyers. Discuss recent decisions you think are significant, cross-post from your appellate blogs, or ask questions of other experienced appellate lawyers. Announce your wins, new hires, or any career opportunities that may be of interest to the group. Let’s harness the power of LinkedIn to facilitate relationships among appellate and in-house counsel nationwide.

D. Todd Smith
About the Author

D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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