My sponsor today is Amanda Ellis, attorney recruiter and founder of Amanda Ellis Legal Search. Her firm assists associate level attorneys in finding jobs. She is also the author of The 6Ps of the Big 3 for Job-Seeking JDs, a book that provides a detailed overview about how attorneys can use LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to develop business or find a job. She also maintains a blog on this topic with tips and her appearance schedule. Many professionals are afraid of social networking sites. Her book does a great job of instructing professionals on how to use these sites and tips for having a professional presence online and building relationships with others. I’m looking forward to implementing some of her suggestions on how to use LinkedIn to find a job in my upcoming search for post-graduation employment. When Ellis sponsored today, she asked me to share one of my success stories of being a law student and using social media. I thought I would tell the social media history of Sponsor A Law Kid.
One thing I’ve learned about networking through social media is that it is a process, not an event. It’s about building relationships and seeing each connection and conversation and a potential stepping stone.
In January 2009, I was a 1L who had just finished her first semester of law school and did not stick out in a crowd. I attended the first Global No Pants Ride in Phoenix. I was intrigued by the boldness of Jeff Moriarty for planning such an event and decided that I wanted to meet him. I purposely stood next to him on the ride and struck up a conversation with him. By the end of the day we were “friends” on Facebook. Through Jeff, I heard about Ignite Phoenix, and presented on the legalities of participating in public pranks at Ignite Phoenix #5. One of the other presenters at Ignite was Kade Dworkin. Kade and I kept in contact and about a year later, he started his own podcast called Meet My Followers where he interviewed his Twitter followers. I was on his podcast and listened to his other shows. One of his guests was Jason Sadler, founder of I Wear Your Shirt. As I listened to Jason discuss how he makes a living by wearing shirts and creating content, I was inspired to use my blog to fund my final semester of law school. In November 2010, I launched Sponsor A Law Kid. This campaign has opened the door for me to connect with attorneys all over the country and opportunities to be a guest blogger for other websites. It took almost two years and at least seven steps from participating in a prank to being mentioned on Above the Law, The Nutmeg Lawyer, Blind Drunk Justice, and ABAJournal.com.
Twitter is my primary modality for networking. It is how I create and maintain connections with people in the legal community. Along with connecting online, I try to connect with as many people as I can in reality through attending events and inviting attorneys to coffee or lunch. I have stronger connections with people that I have met in person than with people I only know online.
Sponsor A Law Kid is my endeavor to pay for my last semester of law school. Today’s sponsor is Amanda Ellis. For more information about Sponsor A Law Kid or to see what days are still available for sponsorship, visit my Sponsor A Law Kid page.