My sponsor today is Amanda Ellis, attorney recruiter and founder of Amanda Ellis Legal Search. Â Her firm assists associate level attorneys in finding jobs. Â She is also the author ofÂ 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. Â She also maintains a blog on this topic with tips and her appearance schedule. Â Many professionals are afraid of social networking sites. Â 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. Â 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. Â When Ellis sponsored today, she asked me to share one of my success stories of being a law student and using social media. Â 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. Â 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. Â I attended the first Global No Pants Ride in Phoenix. Â I was intrigued by the boldness of Jeff Moriarty for planning such an event and decided that I wanted to meet him. Â I purposely stood next to him on the ride and struck up a conversation with him. Â By the end of the day we were “friends” on Facebook. Â Through Jeff, I heard about Ignite Phoenix, and presented on the legalities of participating in public pranks at Ignite Phoenix #5. Â One of the other presenters at Ignite was Kade Dworkin. Â 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. Â I was on his podcast and listened to his other shows. Â One of his guests was Jason Sadler, founder of I Wear Your Shirt. Â 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. Â In November 2010, I launched Sponsor A Law Kid. Â 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. Â 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. Â It is how I create and maintain connections with people in the legal community. Â 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. Â 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. Â Today’s sponsor is Amanda Ellis. Â For more information about Sponsor A Law Kid or to see what days are still available for sponsorship, visit myÂ Sponsor A Law Kid page.