Where attorneys you actually want to hang out with hang out.
Having a community of attorneys to go to is essential to the well being of any attorney. This community allows me to ask for ideas or help with firm marketing or motion writing, to talk about shared interests and hobbies with other attorneys, and to have a safe place to discuss issues women face in the practice of law.
Even though I seem to be asking for help a lot as a newer attorney, I look forward to the point I can give back to the community and share what I know to help others. Also, now I know a Canadian attorney who will send ketchup chips if you ask nicely!
Keith keeps saying LawyerSmack is a virtual watercooler. It’s not. It’s more like a virtual dive bar filled with salty veteran lawyers, fresh-eyed novices, and a lot of rumpled suits.
At any given time we may be discussing politics, the boundaries of unauthorized practice of law, complaining about clients, proper motions procedure, or – in certain cases – giant animal people. It’s a community of lawyers with their ties loosened, cursing and mentoring each other.
As a lawyer based in Europe, LawyerSmack has proven invaluable in establishing a supporting network of colleagues (and friends) that allowed me to tackle several issues related to my US based endeavors. Likewise, I reciprocate. We live in a globalized world, and regardless of where you practice, networking with fellow attorneys is essential so as to practice law to the fullest. LawyerSmack is, by far, the most overarching lawyer networking tool at my disposal.
Once upon a time, local bar associations provided a sense of community for lawyers. The past few decades have not been kind to these organizations as they fell victim to increasingly busy lifestyles. With kids, expanding caseloads, and other civic involvement, our calendars simply do not support yet another club with regular meetings and event expectations. That’s why LawyerSmack is so important. It is your local bar and community—whenever and wherever you want it.
I’ve been with LawyerSmack since the beginning and have watched it grow from a watercooler of lawyers being dorks to an invaluable practice tool. The solo and practice-area specific channels are full of great advice (and gentle ribbing) from practitioners of all walks of life.
For a solo lawyer, it still provides a great watercooler to fend off the occasional loneliness of solo practice. There are channels devoted to pretty much every interest you can think of. If you’re a new solo, the membership is worth it for the camaraderie alone.
LawyerSmack has been great for me because it is a space where lawyers can share ideas and engage in real discourse. Due to the diversity of the group, there’s rarely a consensus and never a shortage of viewpoints.
Those discussions have flowed into topics I write about and things I think about long after logging off (and then back on again a few minutes later to see what I’ve missed).
And that’s to say nothing of the entertainment value, which is beyond the pale.
It is easy to feel alone in the world when you are solo, and to feel like you are not a real lawyer. It makes doing the work so hard.
LawyerSmack is an actual solution to the biggest problems of my practice – feeling alone and having no one with which to think through things. I am not sure my day to day would be possible without the support of this community.
Despite being of the internet generation, I haven’t met too many people in purely online situations that I would truly describe as friends. This changed for me with LawyerSmack.
Feeling isolated as a lawyer isn’t a novel or unique experience, but having a community of other attorneys from far and wide, many of whom are in a similar position to you, is. Whether you’re fresh off the bar exam, debating going solo, or thinking about where you want to live for retirement, there are people going through the same things you are on LawyerSmack.
If you want to get involved and make waves, check out your local bar association, but if you want to make friends (who aren’t afraid to call you out if you get off base), join us on LawyerSmack.
LawyerSmack is the easiest networking you can do. I’ve made a bunch of new friends (in real life!) and gotten countless client referrals just from shooting the breeze with the other members throughout the day.
Why We're Different
We are a paid, private and vetted community. We take the time to personally reach out to each and every one of our new members because community is of the utmost importance to us.
Not only will you find yourself among peers in the industry, you’ll have the ability to personally connect with lawyers in your area and around the world.
- Join for the private community, exclusive news, meetups, members only discounts, and to generally level up your career. You’ll be happy you did.
- Everyone needs a community. A place where you can talk shop, complain about clients, and learn how to be a better lawyer. We want to be yours.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s involved with the application process?
To apply, you’ll need to fill out a short questionnaire about you and your practice area. You also have to submit verification of your law degree (JD, LLM, etc) – a link to your Bar Directory Profile or a picture of your degree. The written application takes approximately 3-4 minutes to complete.
How to know if you’re the right fit?
You take your work very seriously, but not yourself. Someone jokingly described the community as “Cheers, set at the Mos Eisley Cantina, as written by John Grisham.” If you get all that, you’re in the right place. It’s a community of lawyers with their ties loosened, cutting up and mentoring each other.
New to Forums? What should you expect?
A thriving and vibrant place to check out on a daily basis. Each day you’ll find new and relevant discussions, industry news, and questions posed from other lawyers. The community uses our private Slack group.
This is not a group of lurkers. Every member is expected to give as much as he or she receives from the community. Our members will be the first to tell you that this community is guaranteed to help you move your practice in a better direction.
Why is there a fee?
It’s a small fee to make sure we only have committed members. Our community is for people who want to better themselves and their practice – while having some fun. Basic membership is only $139 annually. If you’re a lawyer and balk at paying $139 annually for a service, you don’t need to be in here. At less than $.40 per day, we assure you that our community will be worth its weight in gold.
We want each and every one of our member’s to be a member for life.
What Does Slack Look Like?
LawyerSmack Slack has 100s of different channels, across a diverse set of topics. Here is a small sample:
- Fed R Civ P Nerds
Plus state-specific channels for lawyers to meet and confer locally.