The Uncommon Sensei’s Blogroll and Coaching Resources

Using News & Knowledge to Build Professional Relationships

I ask all of the lawyers I coach to identify (i) their key contacts (current and prospective clients, employers, mentors, and other people of influence), and (ii) the topics of greatest interest (personal and professional) to these people.  Together, we use a range of internet tools to determine which reporters and commentators generate or curate the most valuable news, knowledge and opinion in those areas, and the best ways to follow them on a real time basis. (This is almost always via Twitter –channeled through a dashboard like Hootsuite.  If you have more spare time–and patience–than I, there are various other alerts and follows, RSS feeds and subscriptions).

I have listed below, with links, a number of my favorite business and law blogs. Some will help you better understand your profession, the business of law, and the challenges you will face in practice. Others will directly inform the work you perform for your business clients, by educating you about the world of commerce in which they live and the industries in which they compete. Some will just make you smarter.

Follow me on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn, where I often re-post blog articles written by these journalists and commentators.

Not included here are the host of invaluable practice-specific blogs (start-ups, IP, healthcare law, biotech/cleantech, privacy, China, private equity/venture capital, etc.) available online, but I would be happy to help you find them.

The Legal Profession & The Business of Law

ABA Journal Legal Rebels
Above the Law
Adam Smith, Esq. (Bruce MacEwen)
AmLaw Daily 
Belly of the Beast (The Lawyer Bubble/Steven Harper)
The Careerist  (Vivia Chen)
Corcoran’s Business of Law
Legal On-Ramp (Paul Lippe)
The Legal Whiteboard (Bill Henderson, Jeff Lipshaw, Michele DeStefano)
National Law Journal
Strategic Legal Technology (Ron Friedmann)
3 Geeks and a Law Blog

Practical Career Advice for Law Students and Practicing Lawyers

American Bar Association: Legal Career Central Career Advising
Cordell Parvin Blog
GC’s Eye View (Tom Kilroy)
The Girl’s Guide to Law School (Alison Monahan)
Lawyerist (Jared Correia)
Ms. JD
Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

Business & Other News and Commentary 

Business Insider: ClusterStock
Founder’s Workbench
Harvard Business Review
The Street
Term Sheet  (Dan Primack, Forbes)
Wall Street Journal Blogs (pick a few)

And, my American Bar Association Podcasts:

“ABA Legal Career Central Career Advice Series: Making it Rain to Grow Your Business”,  on networking, relationship building and business development.

“Speaking the Language of Business”, on the critical importance of financial literacy (and, better, financial fluency) for lawyers in all practice areas, to assure superior legal work and robust practice and revenue growth.