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A look back at the March Super Lawyers Magazine releases

As March comes to a close we wanted to recap the editorial subjects for the three magazines released this month: 2015 New York Metro - Top Women Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers Magazine - Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers Selectees Pick Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Their #1 Choice for Lunch Date

The dream of noshing with a Supreme Court justice would seem to be the ultimate lunch date. But which justice? And where would you take them? Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, surveyed 99 of the top lawyers in the U.S. and asked them, "Which U.S. Supreme Court justice would you take to lunch? And where?"

Recapping February's Super Lawyers Magazine Releases

February is coming to a close and we wanted to share with you a bit about the editorial subjects for the four magazines released this month: 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards

Super Lawyers is excited to announce the eight recipients of the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. The Awards honor legal professionals, students, schools and institutions that exemplify excellence in the practice of law through offering volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged or exploited.

How to Participate in the Selection Process

In April 2013, the Super Lawyers selection process received a patent (U.S. Pat. No. 8,412,564) from The United States Patent and Trademark Office. This distinction is relevant to both attorneys and consumers, as it further demonstrates credibility as an impartial third-party rating system.

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April Super Lawyers Magazine Editorial Review

April is a busy month for Super Lawyers with the release of four magazines: 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine and 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.

2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine

NJSLRS15_SM_Cover.jpgBe sure to check out our front cover piece on employment and labor attorney Paulette Brown from Locke Lord Edwards. She spoke with us about the responsibility that comes with her historic, upcoming role as the first African-American female president of the American Bar Association. Brown also shared her advice for women of color in the law, including:

  • Get as much exposure to as many people as you can
  • Ask for immediate feedback about your work
  • Know what your reputation is-perceived or actual-at all times within your organization

2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine

In this issue, Lorelie S. Masters of Perkins Coie talks about her insurance practice and her ultimate comfort-zone departure: running in 2014's historic D.C. attorney general election. You might have caught Caplin & Drysdale's Trevor Potter on Comedy Central-he helped Stephen Colbert's Super PAC navigate federal election law. Below is an excerpt from our interview with Trevor Porter on his relationship with The Colbert Report.

DCSLRS15_SM_Cover.jpgQ: Literature suggests you're a very serious Republican lawyer, but on TV, I've watched you tell Stephen Colbert that killing a ham in the likeness of Karl Rove won't get him in trouble. Which guy are you?

A: I'm a lawyer who loves the law, and loves thinking through these issues, but understands that sometimes the answers appear crazy. The joy of working with The Colbert Report was that Stephen freed me up to acknowledge that there is humor and irony in how all of this is interpreted. I enjoyed watching him sort through the puzzle box and figure out how things worked.

2015 Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine

VASLRS15_SM_Cover.jpgIn our "Word for Word" section we posed the question, "What's you favorite legal film and why?" See the response of Ellen Kontos-Miller, partner at Jenkins Fenstermarker, below.

Erin Brockovich
"I hated geology class. It was boring, boring business...until the instructor put on Erin Brockovich. I was taken with the idea that one day, an attorney could work on a simple car-wreck case; and the next day, a case could require that same attorney to learn about hexavalent chromium, water tables and how pollutants could cause cancer. I was always pretty interested in learning about everything-except geology, of course-so I liked the idea of any always-changing profession. Now that I'm a lawyer, it's my favorite part of the job."

2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine

SCSLRS15_SM_Cover.jpgOur front cover features M. Malissa Burnette, of Callison Tighe & Robinson, who has a history of not backing down from anyone. Burnette's current cause is one of the hottest civil rights issues in the country-same-sex marriage.

Working closely with Callison Tighe colleague Nekki Shutt on behalf of the South Carolina Equality Coalition, Burnette is a lead attorney and spokesperson in Condon v. Wilson. The suit asks South Carolina to abide by the ruling in Bostic v. Schaefer, which declared Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. In that case, the plaintiffs won in district court, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.

Also stay tuned for the 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers Magazine which comes out later next week and provides an oral history of civil rights and the African-American bar 60 years after Montgomery.

We hope you enjoyed this review of our latest Super Lawyers Magazines. Be sure to visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/digital_magazine.html to see all our digital editions.

Latham & Watkins and Doucet & Associates Named Pro Bono Recipients

One firm helps low income families in foreclosure defense cases, the other works to secure reparations for Holocaust survivors. Read below to learn more about the firm recipients of our 2014 Pro Bono Awards.

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Doucet & Associates is one of the most recognized foreclosure defense and consumer law firms in Ohio. Dedicated to giving back to the community, Troy Doucet, founder of the firm, decided to hire a full-time associate in 2014 to focus exclusively on pro bono matters. "When someone needs help but can't afford to pay, we'll be in a good position to assist," Doucet explains. "This is much better than turning away those in need."

The firm's pro bono attorney is completely focused on helping low income families solve their legal problems at no or little cost, primarily in the areas of tenant representation and consumer law. The lawyer helps people avoid eviction, recover deposits, enforce lease terms, and ensure tenants have a safe and habitable place to live.

Is there a certain bond you have with the community there that motivates you to help those in need?

"I have been through a lot in life, including bankruptcy and foreclosure, so I try to remain open and empathetic that everyone's challenges will be different. My life experiences have also led me to a strong sense that going through hardships does not mean someone else gets to walk all over you. This blends into an attitude that I have an obligation to help the community, especially those vulnerable to being taken advantage of by others."

-Troy Doucet, Esq. Firm Principal

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Latham & Watkins is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world. The firm's Holocaust reparations program has helped more than 400 Holocaust survivors since 2004. Over the past decade, close to 350 lawyers across Latham's offices in the United States and Europe have helped survivors secure over €1.7 million in lump-sum payments, with thousands more in ongoing monthly payments, from the German government for work performed during World War II. The money allows their clients, who are in their eighties or older, to receive necessary medical care, provide for their families, and live the remainder of their lives in dignity.

As a large firm what keeps bringing you back to helping those underrepresented?

"Providing pro bono service is intrinsic to our practice of law and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring our professional skills to bear in this way. While our firm strongly believes in the ethical obligation to serve the underserved, our lawyers and professional staff thrive as they engage and benefit in equal measure."

-Wendy Atrokhov, Public Service Counsel 

Congratulations again to all our 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients. We invite you to read more about them here and watch for the Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Magazine coming out in May!

Future of Content: The Power of Video

Did you know nearly 86% of the U.S. Internet audience watches online video? What are you doing to engage visitors on your firm's online properties?

About 52 million American adults tune in to original video content each month*. This is an increase of 7 million more than the previous year. By 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer Internet traffic**.

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Videos are highly engaging to their viewers. Many consumers would rather watch a 20-minute video than spend 20 minutes reading text-based content. For website visitors, engagement is extremely powerful. The longer they spend taking in your message, the more likely they will use your services, and the more they will come back for more information.

High definition videos provide a personal way for potential clients to learn about your practice and give your firm a credible voice. It's not surprising that videos have established their popularity online.

As you can see, the numbers are staggering, making video content marketing a very effective method in driving traffic to your website.

New Video Solution: Bring Life To Your Firm

Looking to bolster your firm's online presence and create a personal connection with clients before you even meet them? Look no further than Super Lawyers Video. Answer frequently asked questions, introduce attorneys at your firm, or even post monthly video blogs with this brand new tool.

Our brand new Super Lawyers Video offers the flexibility and creativity you need to create a portfolio of videos for any attorney at your firm. This new video package helps build trust with potential clients and is available with a one-time payment for either a half-day or full-day shoot.

Our competitive video marketing solution aligns with industry standards and capitalizes on our legal expertise, providing your firm with the following:

  • Video Producer - Before your shoot even takes place, a video producer works with you to determine your key messages and strategy in a pre-production call. After the shoot, they continue to manage the production of each video.
  • Professional Video Crew - Our experienced video team will film high quality video that conveys your firm's message clearly, dynamically and professionally.
  • Video Editing - Our team of video experts edits the footage and provides you with the finished video.

Super Lawyers Video is a perfect package for firms because it allows you to create videos for multiple attorneys - whether they have been selected by Super Lawyers or not (non-selected attorney videos will not have Super Lawyers branding). Be part of the present and future of content creation by purchasing Super Lawyers Video today.

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