LAWYERS ARE embracing the latest Web 2.0 fad — the social networking site Facebook.
Facebook was originally developed for college and university students but now anyone with an email address can sign up. Once someone is a member, they can then join “groups” of likeminded people according to their interests.
Amongst the myriad groups is the Justice Michael Kirby Appreciation Society, a group of 350-plus people, describing itself as comprising “everyone out there who has come to realise that the High Court of Australia (especially over the last few years — thanks for all your conservative appointments Howard!) should sometimes really just be composed of Michael Kirby. If you don’t know what we mean by this read his dissent in Al-Kateb v Godwin”.
In recent weeks, its members have been busy debating an argument started by a rogue member of the group who claimed that Kirby shouldn’t be admired.
There is also a Lord Denning (MR) Appreciation Society, which declares it has been set up to honour the man who “has made countless memorable judgments that have eased the pain of law school readings for millions. Miller v Jackson and Jarvis v Swans Tours are two classic examples. Denning’s ability to selectively scan history for cases that support his contention and his deductive leaps are what truly distinguish him from lesser lords. While you might not like his reason, you gotta love his rhyme!”
Members of the Aussie Lawyers in London Unite group have been discussing the worst firms to work for in London — with Linklaters, Herbert Smith, and Shearman & Sterling all getting a mention.
There is also The Dennis Denuto School of Law group, the purpose of which is unclear, other than being a forum for people who enjoy quoting The Castle.
Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer2B’s parent magazine, now has its own Facebook group. Join up to Facebook at www.facebook.com and join the Lawyers Weekly group to see what lawyers around Australia are up to, see the latest social pics, and comment on the latest discussion topics.