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Over three years ago, LexisNexis launched its first Web 2.0
LexisNexis Insurance Law Center. More than a blog, the law center was
designed as an interactive online community devoted to insurance law available
on the open web for attorneys, paralegals, judges, government officials,
academics, students, librarians, journalists and consumers. Today, the LexisNexis Communities
have grown to 16 Practice Area, 12 Professional, and 4 Global sites featuring a
combination of authoritative LexisNexis legal content and user-generated
content from leading experts.
The law centers contain expert commentary, blogs, news
headlines, news about leading legal professionals and organizations, award-winning
podcasts, webinars, free article and form downloads, videocasts, top cases,
links to industry conferences, and much more. LexisNexis Communities are designed to appeal
to a broad audience and assist visitors in effectively targeting their
professional efforts by providing timely and focused information, as well as a
portal into the most relevant legal content and tools for their needs.
Each practice area Community engages with industry thought
leaders to surface first-class content. For example, the LexisNexis Tax Law Center
has partnered with Tax Analysts to provide the most
current tax news available and with Tax.com
for insights on breaking tax developments. In addition to partnering with well-respected
firms like Pepper Hamilton, McDermott Will & Emery, and Morrison &
Foerster, the LexisNexis Communities feature a multitude of the best and
brightest in the legal community, such as Lex Larson, Dave Rossmiller, Randy
Maniloff, Kevin LaCroix, Bob Rassp, Bill Barker, Brian JM Quinn, Tom Gorman,
James Fanto, Margit Livingston, Lee Zeichner, Ken Winer, Rebecca Morgan, Vorris Blankenship, Dr. John E.
Murray Jr., Anne Gilson LaLonde... the list goes on and on! The LexisNexis
Workers' Compensation Law Center
even has a group of judges that blog
about EAMS in California.
One of the key features that sets the LexisNexis Communities
apart from other legal communities is the availability of free downloads of
selected forms and excerpts from treatises normally available only to
LexisNexis subscribers. For example, the LexisNexis Estate
Practice & Elder Law Center
offers both free
forms, such as model will and trust provisions, and free
excerpts from leading treatises. The
other practice area Communities provide similar content.
The LexisNexis Communities have also engaged in a number of
campaigns to recognize leaders in the profession. From top
blog honors to "notable
newcomer" recognition, the Communities strive to showcase professionals of
interest to our visitors. Other Communities' offerings that assist the busy
practitioner are the LexisNexis Legal
Business Community and the LexisNexis
Continuing Legal Education Center, both of which deliver solutions for the
business side of legal practice.
Part of what makes the Communities so valuable to legal
professionals is their clearinghouse nature: there is something for everyone,
all delivered in a variety of media. For
example, not only are the Communities' podcasts available on the law centers
themselves, they may also be accessed on iTunes. Downloads of these
award-winning podcasts average 30,000 per
month. Recently, Newstex, with Amazon Kindle, has extended the reach of the
blog articles from several Communities by surfacing them at the Kindle store.
Recognizing that blogs are only one facet of the future of
the law industry, LexisNexis has branched out to other social media platforms.
Currently, numerous community leaders at LexisNexis are microblogging in
Twitter, e.g., @lexisnexis, @ LNTax, @LNBiz,
@LexisHub; networking in Martindale-Hubbell
Connected and LinkedIn; and sharing
on Facebook, e.g., LexisNexis
Communities and LexisNexis
Corporate & Securities Law Center. The Communities also make content
easy to access and share through RSS feeds, e-newsletters, and ShareThis. We've also created LexisNexis myIDEAS, a
virtual space for visitors to brainstorm and share ideas on how to improve
The LexisNexis Community sites have changed in order to provide visitors with new resources and easier navigation.
The new design includes easy-to-find featured content on the left side of the
screen, allowing one-click access. Visitors can create profiles and
even make the selected Community a home page. The top stories are conveniently
featured in the center of the page, so hunting and scrolling is no longer
necessary. Another exciting new feature is the ability of visitors to request
authorship rights to directly post original content to the Communities.
The LexisNexis Communities reflect the ongoing commitment of
LexisNexis to legal professionals to improve ease-of-access to legal content,
to provide opportunities to establish thought leadership, and to further
professional networking goals. As Web 2.0 morphs into Web 3.0, LexisNexis
intends to stay at the forefront of the ever-changing technology to deliver
solutions to legal professionals.