The question is – a little off topic, but do you need a lawyer to run your law firm blog? I do have some experience on this topic.

And the answer is “yes,” if you want the blog to be anything more than just articles written by the firm’s lawyers.

In other words, if you want to use the blog more effectively, and have a more structured and targeted marketing plan,

-such as by linking relevant materials from other sources,
-or possibly by adding comments to those materials,
-or by cross-marketing other firm services and practice areas,

then, yes, you need someone with a strong, broad legal background who understands how to do that with the lawyers and with the legal practice areas and topics involved.

By running the blog I mean active involvement and oversight.

Of course that doesn’t mean that the lawyer is the only person involved in running the blog. Non-lawyer professionals also co-run and help with the blog and with the marketing plan and effort.

It all depends on the size of the firm and the effort that the firm decides to put into the blog.

What about a new 1 to 5 year lawyer, can that person run your blog? The answer is maybe. It really all depends on:

-the lawyer’s knowledge about the firm’s different practice areas that are going to be used in the blog,
-the lawyer’s writing abilities, and good discretion and trustworthiness with the law firm’s outside image and reputation, and
-how important the blog is to the firm, its marketing efforts, and its image and reputation.

That’s all for now. You can find additional information on my blogs at and Thanks for reading. Dave Tate, Esq. (San Francisco)



Ethical imperatives for every board | Listed Magazine

I recently moderated an address by Andrew Fastow, the former CFO of Enron, and followed up by delivering a keynote on the role of the board in ethics, tying in aspects of Mr. Fastow’s speech. What f

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Dave Tate, Esq. comments. I usually don’t find lists useful – there are just too many of them that lack detail. For unknown reason, nevertheless, I decided to real this article by Richard Leblanc. I recommend that you also read the article, at least for the purpose of stimulating serious thought. You might also consider providing the article to your executive officers, board, audit committee, internal audit and legal counsel.

“Ethics” is kind of one of those vague areas that lacks specifics. It is easier to focus on prudent business judgment (including the business judgment rule) and legal and regulatory mandatory requirements. Factually, Richard’s 10 points actually do that, but under the heading of “ethics.” Also consider the comments at various of the 10 areas about the need for independent evaluation and representation, the ability to obtain independent outside assistance, and the use, oversight and hiring of the internal audit function – these comments are all very worthwhile for consideration.

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Tate’s Excellent Audit Committee Guide Sept. 2, 2015 Updated (139 pages)

The following link is to my Audit Committee Guide, updated September 2, 2015, to include additional internal audit materials and links, 139 pages in total. Please read and pass this material to anyone who would be interested, Tate’s Excellent Audit Committee Guide 09022015

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