#GetSocial with @DCBAYLS: Redefining Happiness & Success as a Young Lawyer Using Social Media

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Course Number

4541

CLE

Approved for 1.0 hours of General CLE Credit including 1.0 hours of Technology and 0.5 hours of Ethics.

DESCRIPTION

Outline:

  1. Introduction – 5 minutes
  2. Questions for Panelists from DCBA YLS Members (Town Hall Format) – 40 minutes
    1. Getting Started
      1. How did you get started with social media?
      2. What led you to want to build this community? What was the need you saw? What are the practical results that you have seen?
      3. What is the purpose or mission of your page? How have you used media technology to advance their mission?
    2. Ends based Qs/Financial
      1. How does a lawyer get featured/profiled on these platforms?
      2. For those who have been featured, what has been the change?
      3. How can young lawyers use social media to grow their careers?
      4. What do you think through in monetizing or making social media efforts financially sustainable?
        1. Platform?
        2. As a lawyer?
    3. Imposter Syndrome
      1. What would you say to the attorneys asking themselves “Can (or should) I do this?”
      2. What if you are scared and how do I overcome feeling like what I have to say isn’t valuable?
      3. How do you strike a balance between and peacocking and appearing humble?
    4. Leveling playing field
      1. New gatekeepers. How do you feel about the non-traditional lawyer (non-Supreme Court Justice level) feel about deciding who is profiled?
      2. How can this benefit our field?
    5. Social Media Dos and Don’ts
      1. Professional responsibility. The Bar rules. Do’s and don’ts?
      2. What considerations should a licensed attorney have when posting on social? (e.g., alter medium quickly, develop an internal policy of what to do when, etc.)
  3. C. Question and Answer- 15 minutes

SPEAKER BIO(s)

Kristen A. Corpion, Esq.
Kristen Corpion is the face of the modern lawyer. After graduating from Berkeley Law School and kickstarting her career at elite international law firm Greenberg Traurig—representing large companies—Kristen has since launched her own innovative law firm, CORPlaw. CORPlaw helps modern entrepreneurs grow and protect their business. CORPlaw specializes in working with locally owned small business owners.

A Florida native, Kristen has been practicing law for 7 years, owns two companies, and has earned numerous distinctions, such as being named one of South Florida’s Outstanding 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rookie of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and earning the Rising Star distinction, a recognition given to less than 3% of lawyers, by Florida Super Lawyers. Just this year, Kristen was installed as President of the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section, which is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in South Florida.

Kristen also dedicates her time to mentoring students. She teaches law and business at the undergraduate and graduate levels as an adjunct professor at Florida International University. She is also the Founder and brains behind an innovative community-based initiative, Sidebar. Sidebar brings together lawyers and other legal professionals to collaborate and drive changes in the legal industry.

Kristen is passionate about transforming the legal profession, the perception the community has of lawyers, and using the law as a tool to help her local community grow. As the proud daughter of a single-mom who ran her own business, Kristen has a special respect for working with female and minority-owned businesses.

Benjamin R. Gold, Esq.
Benjamin Gold is a 2002 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a 2006 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law. Ben is licensed to practice law in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts and is the Executive Director of the North Central Massachusetts Housing Authorities. He is also the founder of Lawyer Stories, which he launched in July 2017. Lawyer Stories has evolved from a small series of posts on Instagram into a global network of diverse lawyers and law students connecting and sharing their stories. It is a community dedicated to featuring lawyers and law students’ narratives regarding their personal challenges, inspirations and motivations before and during their journeys to enter the legal profession. Lawyer Stories can be found on Instagram @lawyer_stories and on Facebook.Com/Lawyerstories. As of today, there are approximately 45k followers on Instagram and over 6k followers on Facebook. Lawyer Stories launched a podcast in February 2020; The Lawyer Stories Podcast with Benny Gold can be seen on YouTube and heard on Apple and Spotify amongst other platforms. The website is located at www.thelawyerstories.com.

Amber Kornreich, Esq.
Amber Kornreich is a Partner at Kornreich & Associates practicing exclusively Family Law. Recognized as the Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer of the Year in 2018 by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, she is a passionate lawyer and leader in the Miami-Dade Bar and in local philanthropy, including as an Officer of the Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers, as a Director of the Dade County Bar Association and Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, and as President of The First Family Law American Inn of Court.

Cristina Laramee Souto, Esq.
Cristina Laramee Souto is an Associate at Bozorgi Law, PLLC, where she focuses on the representation of individuals and corporations in criminal, white collar, and government regulatory matters. Before joining Bozorgi Law, Cristina was a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders. Cristina received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. Upon graduation from Cornell Law, she was awarded the Frank H.T. Rhodes Public Interest Law Fellowship.

Cristina is a member of both the New York and Florida bars. She is a Director of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, and an active member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Robert “Beau” Blumberg, Esq.
ROBERT (“Beau”) E. BLUMBERG is a Partner with Deutsch, Blumberg & Caballero P.A., where he practices personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability law. Mr. Blumberg is admitted to practice in Florida and before the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar (Member of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee 2017- 2023, upcoming Chair of the Standing Committee on Technology 2021- 2022, and Grievance Committee “A” Member, 2020- 2023), American Bar Association, and a Director of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Mr. Blumberg earned his B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. degree from the William and Mary School of Law.

Paulina Vera, Esq.
Paulina Vera, Esq. supervises GW Law Immigration Clinic students and provides legal representation to asylum-seekers and respondents facing deportation in Immigration Court. She is a Professorial Lecturer In Law and has previously taught Immigration Law I.

Ms. Vera previously served as the only Immigration Staff Attorney at the Maryland-based non-profit, CASA.

She is a double GW alumna; JD ’15 and BA, ’12 in International Affairs, concentrating on Latin American Studies and International Politics. During law school, she was a student-attorney at the Immigration Clinic.
Ms. Vera is involved in a number of professional organizations. She is a board member for the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC), the HBA-DC Foundation and LEAD Latinoamerica. Ms. Vera is also the co-chair of the ImmiGRANT Legal Defense Fund of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).

Ms. Vera is the 2019 recipient of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC’s Rising Star Award and a 2021 recipient of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Top Lawyers Under 40 award.

Her passion project is managing an online community called Hermanas In The Law, where she features Latinas thinking about law school, Latina law students, and Latina lawyers. Ms. Vera is originally from Tucson, AZ and is the proud daughter of two immigrants.

Richard Shane, Esq.
Richard Shane is a Miami native who specializes in complex commercial litigation. He is a double Gator and graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2009 where he was an editor of the Florida Law Review. Richard previously practiced at the law firm of Bilzin Sumberg. From 2013-2015, Richard served as a law clerk to Federal Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres in the Southern District of Florida. Since his clerkship, Richard has been practicing with the law firm of Duane Morris LLP. His practice centers around representing businesses and individuals in complex business disputes, oftentimes involving real estate and construction matters. Richard has been a board member of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section for the past 4 years and most recently served on its executive board as secretary.


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