Meet Real Lawyer: Joshua S. Davidson

 

The Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson exemplifies how social networking and information technology can serve as the centerpiece of a successful legal marketing campaign.  Joshua Davidson founded the firm in 2005 after serving as a prosecutor for five years during which time he handled all types of criminal cases ranging from DUI and drug offenses to sex crimes and homicide. 

He recognized early on that the internet represented the future of attorney marketing and that the days of the phone book would soon be a footnote in history. With his appreciation for the role the internet would play in the years to come, Joshua quickly focused his firm’s marketing activities on the internet. As a Phoenix criminal and DUI defense attorney, Joshua’s firm is dependent on reaching potential new clients who may be facing legal problems for the first time in their life. In his experience, many of these individuals will turn to the internet and the wealth of information it provides to educate themselves about the law and to discover what their options are.

Joshua maintains several websites on the internet, many of which are designed to assist those seeking information about Arizona Criminal and DUI law. For example, the firm provides a concise listing of Arizona statutory law and the rules of criminal procedure at www.arizonacrimelaws.com. Additionally, the firm’s main site www.jdavidsonlaw.com contains over fifty pages of content devoted to various areas of Arizona law. Joshua also utilizes smaller “niche” sites designed to connect with potential clients seeking representation in specific practice areas such as a Scottsdale DUI Defense Attorney or a Phoenix Drug Defense Attorney. All of the firms websites are professionally designed and feature flash animations depicting video of Joshua himself.

Choosing an attorney shouldn’t be a difficult decision. I believe Joshua’s videos provide an excellent opportunity for potential clients to get to know him and make an informed decision about why they might want him to represent them.

Many of Joshua’s videos are also posted on youtube, such as the above videoof him discussing the types of sex related offenses he handles. Given the recent explosion of popularity in social networking sites, the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson also maintains a twitter page and a facebook page as well. I encourage you to follow him and friend him on facebook. Joshua welcomes your inquiries regarding his online marketing strategy and invites you to contact him with any questions or comments

As the internet continues to present new and innovative marketing opportunities for attorneys and other legal professionals, it is now more important than ever to get involved with the latest developments on the web. Social media is set to out pace all forms of traditional media by 2015, and it is increasingly becoming expected by consumers that all businesses professionals (including lawyers) be ever present and active in these new media channels.

Obama’s Online Town Hall

The initial run of Open for Questions came to a close with the President’s online town hall this morning. With almost a hundred thousand participants and more than three and a half million votes, it was an eye-opening experience and showed the potential of what this kind of open engagement can accomplish. The online town hall had an amazing feel of something that had never been done before, and something we should be trying to do more of. If you missed it, watch the video of the entire event:

>Obama Holds Town Hall Meeting — On the Internet

-Authored by Jamie Parks on Mar 27, 2009 at 01:17 AM

The Civil Justice System’s Role Protects Consumers Federal Preemption Threatens This Role

The American Association of Justice (AAJ) released a series of documents that detail how helping negligent corporations escape accountability has been a top priority for the Bush Administration. The documents were obtained through repeated Freedom of Information Act requests by AAJ and reveal how the Bush Administration has silently ordered federal agencies to usurp state law and consumer protections.

The AAJ report titled, Get Out of Jail Free: A Historical Perspective of How the Bush Administration Helps Corporations Escape Accountability, tracks the origins of complete immunity preemption. Further, the report reveals how in 2005 carbon copy statements claiming that federal agency rules preempt state law began surfacing in the rule “preambles” issued by the federal government, and in some cases the final rules. To date, seven federal agencies have issued over 60 proposed and final rules with preemption language in the preamble and claimed the authority to provide immunity from state law.

The Wall Street Journal recently outlined how these new rules will weaken consumer protections and will affect everything from motorcycle brakes to pain medicine. The story also includes an acknowledgment from a former Administration official that skirting Congress and usurping tougher state consumer safety laws was a goal of this Administration. And we can expect even more activity from federal agencies in the waning months of the Bush Administration. In exposing this wide-ranging attempt by the Bush Administration to dismantle states’ rights, AAJ uncovers the cozy relationship between federal agencies and the industries they regulate and the dissension at the agencies that resulted from the move to curtail states’ authority.

-Authored by Jamie Parks on Oct 21, 2008 at 01:28 PM

Intellectual Property Warrior

One of the things that open source software needs the most is the full protection of the law. Eben Moglen, Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School and a leading advocate of open source rights, congratulates the open source community on their success in becoming an important part of current technology, but also discusses how important it is to protect the user’s rights. He reviews the legal atmosphere of intellectual property rights and how more restrictive to sharing they have become in recent years and how the end user has become the biggest loser because of this change.

Moglen first asks whether licenses still matter. He reviews how things are different from twenty-five years ago where open source had few adherents and software was fiercely protected by companies. Now the most important information technology can be found in the user’s pocket. The user doesn’t just want a music player/video player/telephone; they want a device that can do anything. This is where the open source community can be particularly skillful.

He also discusses the shift in the legal understanding of intellectual property. In the late 20th century, there was a shift to the idea that only by NOT sharing could innovation happen, leading to more restrictive copyright, trademark, and patent laws. He makes it clear that future developments will only be really useful to the end user with information sharing, open source.

“We are committed to the struggle for free speech, free knowledge, and free technology. The measures by which we advance that struggle will of course be different in different countries, but the following will be pretty generally applicable:

  1. Abolition of all forms of private property in ideas.

  2. Withdrawal of all exclusive licenses, privileges and rights to use of electromagnetic spectrum. Nullification of all conveyances of permanent title to electromagnetic frequencies.

  3. Development of electromagnetic spectrum infrastructure that implements every person’s equal right to communicate.

  4. Common social development of computer programs and all other forms of software, including genetic information, as public goods.

  5. Full respect for freedom of speech, including all forms of technical speech.

  6. Protection for the integrity of creative works.

  7. Free and equal access to all publicly-produced information and all educational material used in all branches of the public education system.

By these and other means, we commit ourselves to the revolution that liberates the human mind. In overthrowing the system of private property in ideas, we bring into existence a truly just society, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.”

Excerpt from Eben’s DotCommunist Manifesto (Jan. 2003)

Eben Moglen is Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School and General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation. In addition to FSF, Professor Moglen has represented many of the world’s leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School – and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia – since 1987. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.

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-Authored by Jamie Parks on May 17, 2007 at 06:21 PM

Most Technologically Advanced Courthouse in U.S.

On November 20th, 2006 I had the opportunity to accompany attorney Perry Zivley to the newly built Harris County Civil Courthouse, to conduct an interview/videocast with the honorable Judge Ken Wise of the 152nd Judicial District Court.

The data collected during this interview was used in preparing the content for an educational article Perry is writing entitled, “Understanding and Using Courtroom Technology in the New Harris County Civil Courthouse.”

I’ve visited and worked in a few other courtrooms across the country and I can say hands down that the new Harris County Civil Courthouse is by far the most tech-friendly courthouse I’ve come across. Having used the technology before, I was already a proponent of the new courthouse and being afforded the opportunity to showcase it here on Real Lawyer News came as a real honor.

Judge Wise was very hospitable and excited to explain in specific detail about the technology now available in the new courtrooms. I recommend any lawyer scheduled to try a case in the new Harris County Civil Courthouse to take amoment and watch the below videos, which were shot on location in the new courtroom setting.

Hopefully other municipalities seeking to install reliable and easy to use technology into their own courtrooms will first visit the Harris County Courthouses for a prime example in leading edge, 21st century courtroom technology implementation.

Mr. Zivley has the article he wrote about using courtroom technology posted at his blog, click hereto read it before its official debut in The Houston Lawyer Magazine.

The first video is the uncut footage of Perry’s Interview with Judge Wise. The second video is my attempt to shoot some footage of Judge Wise actually demonstrating the various components of the courtroom technology setup. Please forgive my zooming skills and the noises coming from the camera  =)

-Authored by Jamie Parks on Dec 05, 2006 at 01:30 PM

The Zivley Law Firm is Officially BLOGGING!

A major milestone in the Zivley Law Firm technology upgrade has occurred today – Perry Zivley published hisfirst blog post!

When you have a moment, click on over to The Zivley Blog and show Perry what it feels like to receive comments.

The Photo above is featuring Craig Whitley of Texas Website Designs showing Perry how easy it is to publish a blog post using the WordPress platform.

Today was a great day =)

-Authored by Jamie Parks on Nov 21, 2006 at 01:10 AM

Going Paperless – Painlessly…

This weekend has been bizzy-bizzy over at the Zivley Law Firm. We have been migrating all of the firm’s hard files over to a perfectly organized digital file system on the server.

The new copy/fax/scanner that Perry received last week is truly a jewel. The great folks over at Canon were a tremendous help to Perry when it came to choosing the right solution for achieving his paperless office goal.

Perry went with the ImageRUNNER 2270 model, which is loaded with all the good stuff and has a really ‘user friendly’ operator’s interface. (I’ve been using it non-stop this whole weekend – it really is a workhorse that is easy to steer.)

It may sound dreadful but going paperless is really the only way to operate these days. Now Perry will have the ability to access any client file instantly from his network of devices. This means when he needs to e-mail any piece of paper it will be ready on his server for instant reviewal, editing and sending.

Monique (Perry’s Legal Assistant) will be responsible for scanning all incoming mail, and deliveries into the system as PDF’s. What is really cool about the Canon machine is that there’s an option to setup paths that allow for the scanned data to be directed where ever the operator needs it to go. This can include any storage port in the network, i.e. work station hard drive, server hard drive and e-mail inbox’s. With this system in place all Perry has to do is check his e-mail to review the daily mail when he is out of the office.

Going paperless really is less pain than one might expect. Sure the initial convergence of the hard files into digital is a challenge and does require a certain degree of patience and equipment, but with the right team and game plan in place a transition like this really is a piece of cake.

The copy/fax/scanner also has an option to set-up client ID#’s which will help Perry better track and capture the real-time copy/fax/scan usage per case file. By The Zivley Law Firm handling all of it’s own document reproduction in house, they will no longer need to send out small jobs to 3rd party copy houses but instead be able to offer this service at a much more reasonable rate to his clients.

Perry’s case monitoring and day to day work flow is already becoming much more efficient. Just in the first week of using the machine, Perry has cleared the little mountains of paper that were once piled in A.D.D stacks all over his desk. Now having all of his files scanned into a central repository and neatly filed with logical file names, Perry will have instant access to important data in seconds. No more frantic searches and he can even work from home if he needs to.

All in all, I’d say the decision to go paperless has been a major feat of achievement for the Zivley Law Firm; probably the best decision the firm has made all year. Now all we need to do is get the Zivley blog set up for Perry and Harriett to start publishing to. Once that occurs, the entire landscape of the Zivley Law Firm will be entering a whole new dimension – Let’s see if blogging will be as painless?… as going paperless.

-Authored by Jamie Parks on Nov 19, 2006 at 11:49 PM

Do Real Lawyers Still Need a 1.0 Website if They Have a 2.0 Blog?

For anyone who has followed Real Lawyer News since its conception in September you may be wondering what has been going on with the Zivley Law Firm’s technology transition.

Even if you’re not wondering – I received an e-mail this morning from Massachusetts’ infamous media and technology lawyer Bob Ambrogi over at LawSiteswhich has prompted me to write the following post.

Ambrogi Asks:

“What’s happened with your experiment with the Zivley’s? Can’t tell from your blog whatever came of it.”

– Bob Ambrogi

Thanks for your inquiry Mr. Ambrogi.

From the outside The Zivley Project may appear to be on slow M..O..T..I..O..N… but from the perspective of the halls within The Law Office of Perry Zivley everything is really coming together faster than they expected.

Thanks to Craig Whitley over at Texas Web Designs, the primary landing site for ZivleyLaw.com is nearing its final stages of development.

To give you a preview Perry has decided to go ahead with the ‘beta‘ launch ofThe Zivley Law Firm website. Click on the link to take a look, but please keep in mind that he is still adding a few multi-media elements like clips from deposition videos as well as a couple of other articles that he’s authored and various other points of interest.

You can also find a section on the new Zivley Law website in the top navigation bar, under the “media” tab directing readers to the Zivley Blog.

Although The Zivley’s venture into the blawgosphere has still consisted primarily of reading blogs, please do bare with them. They are both very excited about publishing their blog and are really looking forward to interacting with the community and fellow blawgonauts.

I know it has seem somewhat silent around here lately… but rest assured, I am working on a few interesting posts for the future – just been getting all of my pixels down the right paths.

I’d like to thank all of you who have subscribed to Real Lawyer News and who have linked or told people about my blog. I enjoy reading all of your blogs and watching the wonderful conversations that blossom around them.

Until next post, may all of your conversations be real and meaningful!

-Authored by Jamie Parks on Nov 16, 2006 at 09:01 PM