Best of Law Blogging: Mark TRUMP, Disconnect from Work, and Write a Good Webinar Recap

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The LexBlog community closed out February with a batch of great posts and kicked off the ground in March with more of the same. This week, Alec Downing and Michelle Newblom bring you webinar recaps, welcome messages, and an interesting branding case involving a public figure.


Alec’s Picks

Key Takeaways from the New Universal Proxy Rules Webinar

Webinar summaries make great blog posts – I should know, I wrote one on our most recent LexBlog Learns Webinar. While writing my summary article, I realized how jay knight and Scott Bell wrote the recap of their own webinar. They kept it concise, used bullet points to condense information, included a helpful table, and a link to a recording of the full webinar. You should never pass up an opportunity to turn things like webinars and podcasts into blog posts. Translating your knowledge across different mediums will only benefit you and your business and this article is a great example of that. Available from Bass, Berry & Sims Securities Law Fellowship.

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and CPW welcome privacy pro David Oberly

What better than a blog post to welcome a new member to your team? Kristin Bryan does a great job of intro David Oberley Squire Patton Boggs’ data privacy, cybersecurity and digital assets practice. This article is a great reminder that a legal blog doesn’t have to be strictly about current events or legal issues. Sometimes it’s nice to pull back the curtain a bit and let your readers know what’s going on in your business. Available at Consumer Privacy World.

New requirement of Ontario’s “disconnect from work” policy

Blogging is a conversation between you and your readers and this article is a great example of how to effectively maintain that dialogue. It’s just three paragraphs, but in this space Tiffany O’Hearn Davies and Samantha Cass provide meaningful updates to Ontario Norton Rose Fulbright customers. They directly inform readers of two things the company is working on in regards to the Canadian province’s “disconnected from work” policy requirement. One being a summary of recent guideline updates and the other being a model policy for their clients. By writing this quick update, the Norton Rose Fulbright team demonstrates that they are proactive on issues important to their customers. This is how you build trust through blogging. Available at Global Workplace Insider.


Michelle’s Picks

I’m not quite ready to declare the end of the pandemic, but I’m ready to stop writing about it every day

What a really honest and heartfelt title and track here from Jon Hyman. Hyman had renamed his blog to “Coronavirus Law Blog” nearly two years ago – a move that was initially expected to be short term. He reflects on the COVID coverage he’s done since then — writing 320 posts — and what his post will look like in the future. I must also include the last part of his message because it is timely and perfectly delivered:

A final thought. Over the past two years, we have fought for masks, vaccines, temporary business closures and distance education. Some have called it a fight for freedom. Now, however, we are all witnessing live on cable news and on Twitter what a real war for freedom really looks like. That sure makes our bickering about whether to wear a piece of cloth over our nose and mouth ridiculous, doesn’t it?

Available at Ohio Employer Law Blog.

Does the TRUMP trademark ruling create a First Amendment exception that is TOO BIG or TOO SMALL?

Normally you can’t register someone’s name without that person’s consent, but things get a bit murky when you’re dealing with a public figure and trademarking is seen as an exercise in critical free speech. with regard to this public figure. Jim Flynn and Kevin Elkins co-author of this excellent article which tells the story of someone trying to incorporate the word TRUMP into a brand. It is well written and above all extremely interesting. Available at Epstein Becker & Green’s Trade Dispute Update.

Judge Rakoff: It would ‘chill protected speech’ to hold NY Times responsible for reckless and quickly corrected editorial about Sarah Palin

A big part of blogging is sharing other people’s voices with your readership. Charles Michel does just that here by providing direct quotes from Judge Rakoff who issued an opinion yesterday regarding Sarah Palin’s long-running libel case against The New York Times. Michael also provides a link to previous posts from his company Steptoe & Johnson that relate to the case, dating back to 2017. It is very impressive that he has followed the subject for so long and in doing so has definitely built build a reputation. Available at SDNY-Blog.

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