5 Reasons Why You Should Use Social Networks In PR for A Law Firm

There are many reasons why law firm owners and senior partners avoid using social networks as a way to promote to their law firms.  Namely, people who run a law firms are not in their twenties or thirties, and consequently they are not familiar with using social networks as a way to reach people.

Using social networks comes much more natural to people who are younger associates or lawyers in the law firm.  Still, this is no reason why social networks shouldn’t be used in public relations in order to manage a law firm.  You should use social networks in order to promote your business at least for of these five reasons.

  1. Accessibility

lawfirmsUsing a public relations law firm will make you much more present in society.  You will be much more accessible and approachable than other law firms that of avoid using social networks in their businesses.  Your advantage, and the advantage of your law firm, will be and very fact that you are accessible and that people can reach you easily.  This also puts an accent on your own availability.  You will have to be available almost the entire day, at any given point during the day you will provide, and your company will provide, legal advice and at the same time you will promote your business.

  1. Inexpensiveness

When compared to other, traditional methods of advertising and managing public relations social networks, are almost inexpensive.  Of course, there are some expenses, but those are usually soft costs, and they are much smaller than advertising in the newspapers or on the television.

  1. New Customer Base

hand shakeBy using social media you will be able to reach an entirely new customer base which hasn’t been claimed.  It’s like discovering a completely new continent.  This new customer base will not only be fresh and new and bring you prosperity, but it will also bring you an immediate feedback.  The Internet, and the social media, work in an entirely different way that and the real world.  In this virtual world you are able to get everything you want in an instant.  Therefore, every piece information you need, you will get instantly; and whether it is your feedback, or your clients’ feedback, that is of no importance.

  1. Easy To Use – DIY PR

Furthermore, using social media ease very easy.  You won’t even have to hire a management, but of course you can if you wish to do so.  Basically, you will be able to handle your public relations by yourself, inexpensively, and do this all the time – how amazing is that?

  1. Social Media Is Ever Present

social-networkingMoreover, social media is ever present, it has managed to enter every pore of our lives, and precisely because of this fact it is an amazing opportunity to use this inexpensive way to promote your law firm.

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Nestlé Faces Lawsuit for Illegally Bottling Water

Three advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service on the premise that the drought-stricken State of California was allowing Nestlé to bottle water illegally even though their permit had expired. Although Nestlé isn’t named in the suit, the groups allege that Nestlé has been piping water to their plant through a four mile pipeline while residents have been placed under rigid restrictions on the use of water.

Nestlé’s Permit Allegedly Expired in 1988

nestleAccording to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are demanding that a review be implemented by the Forest Service which should consider impacts on the environment. As stated by the plaintiffs, Nestlé’s permit had expired in 1988. The plaintiffs include the Courage Campaign Institute, the Story of Stuff Project and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Suit Alleges Unfair Discrepancy between Residents and Corporations

The historic four year drought in California has been big news and not only are residents and local businesses restricted on water use but fires have been burning out of control due to drier-than-usual conditions. The lawsuit argues that big business shouldn’t be allowed unrestrained use of water while regular people are forced to cut back usage.

Nestlé’s Actions Morally and Legally Questionable

pic_4According to the Courage Campaign Institute’s Executive Director, Eddie Kurtz, the actions of Nestlé are not only immoral but they are also illegal. Since the advocacy group feels that the government won’t go up against such a large corporation, they (along with the other two groups) are taking matters into their own hands.

Nestlé Responds to Allegations via Email Statement

Nestlé Waters released a statement that contends their permit is still in “full force” and that it is in effect as per the federal Administrative Procedure Act. This, according to a company spokesperson, Jane Lazgin. In a statement released via email, she further states that Nestlé is diligently working with the U.S. Forest Service on renewing their permit. Ms. Lazgin says that Nestlé continues to abide by all regulations and laws that are relevant whether they are local, state or federal and relate to the company’s operations.

California Drought of Historic Proportions

California_-_Outline_and_Flag_-_SolidThe State of California has been experiencing a drought of historic proportions that has lasted for the past four years. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Not only is it drier than usual but the 2014 and 2015 Water Years ending the last day of September respectively were also the hottest years recorded. Furthermore, when measured by the California Department of Water Resources, the Sierra snowpack water content on a statewide basis was at 5%. This is lower than at any time recorded dating back as far as 1950.

For the previous two years the state has been declared by Governor Jerry Brown to be in a state of emergency due to the drought. He made the declaration on the 17th of January in 2014 and the state of emergency has yet to be lifted. This gives cause for many to wonder why Nestlé has not been named in the lawsuit to this point but the advocacy groups are not done fighting. Will Nestlé be the next to be named in a lawsuit? Only time will tell.

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NYPD Could Face Civil Rights Lawsuits From Muslim Groups

A recent ruling by a US appeals court has stated that a coalition of Muslim groups are able to pursue a civil rights lawsuit that accuses New York city police of conducting secret surveillance on Muslims in New Jersey although there was no suspicion of criminal activity.

Previous Decision Overruled

NYPD_squareThe decision of a lower court to throw out the case was overruled by the third US circuit court of appeals and Philadelphia, finding that the plaintiffs had enough legal standing to assert claims that their rights were violated by the counter-terrorism program.

Circuit judge Thomas Ambro wrote a statement invoking the US internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II for a three-judge panel that said that the country has learned from experience that often, the most vigilance in protecting constitutional rights is when the asserted interest is most compelling. A spokesperson for the city’s department of law said that the city is currently reviewing the ruling.

Surveillance Program

NSA-Surveillance-ProgramThe program gained attention after a series of articles were published by the Associated Press, reporting that police officers were discriminating against Muslim organizations throughout the greater region of New York post 9/11.

According to media reports, the program was ended in 2014 when Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, criticizing the effort on the campaign trail.

In February 2014 the case was dismissed by William Martini, a US district judge in Newark, New Jersey, finding that the city had managed to persuasively argue that the surveillance was part of an anti-terrorism program and not anti-Muslim. 

The merits of the case are not resolved by the decision of the appeals court, but rather the lawsuit will be returned to Martini for further proceedings.

baher-azmy.240.300.sBaher Azmy, legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, said that there is not a Muslim exception to the Constitution. The Center for Constitutional Rights, along with Muslim Advocates, is representing the plaintiffs. According to their website, Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization which works on the frontline of civil rights in order to guarantee justice and freedom for American citizens of all faiths and religions. In addition to representing American Muslims who have been wrongfully targeted with high-impact lawsuits, they work to counter anti-Muslim hate by challenging hate crime and bigotry along with empowering communities through the strengthening of American Muslim charities and educating more people about their legal and civil rights.

This case is just one of a number of various lawsuits filed against New York in regards to the program. Back in 2013, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a similar claim in the Brooklyn federal court. In addition to this, a group of civil rights lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court which claimed that the surveillance is in breach of a longstanding court order which limits the ways in which police can monitor political activity. According to court filings, both of these previous disputes have since been settled.

The plaintiffs involved in the case include imams, students and business owners who claim that the surveillance has had many effects on their lives including threatening their careers and causing them to stop attending religious services.

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