I hate tooting my own horn but this is one of the proudest moments in my still short social media law career. Please forgive the somewhat staged presentation but those who know me know that if I’m going to tell a story I need to make it interesting.
I was at the University of Texas Co-op’s law school location last week browsing the Nutshell books. (Go with me, people.) For those of you not in the legal profession, congrats on that by the way, know that the Nutshell series is put out by West Academic (one of the biggest names, if not the biggest name, in the legal publishing world) and is a fantastic resource for an overview of legal issues in a particular topic. They aren’t casebooks–larger books with often edited cases to look at judicial rulings on certain areas. Nutshells get right to the point and provide essential information on the overall legal topic. I used more than one when I was in law school and as a practicing attorney.
But I noticed something was missing from the Nutshell section. Can you spot it?
That’s right, there’s no Social Media Law in a Nutshell.
Let’s fix that, shall we?
I’m proud to announce that I will be writing Social Media Law in a Nutshell for West Academic. My co-author, Thaddeus Hoffmeister, is a professor of law at the University of Dayton School of Law and has previously published a book on social media in the courtroom. His knowledge of social media litigation, evidence uses, and applicability in criminal cases will combine with my information on the marketing, content, employment and other social media uses to make this a comprehensive review of social media across all legal channels.
Doing this as a Nutshell book feels perfect right now. There isn’t a wealth of case law on social media issues, but there are certainly cases out there. In some areas the most fascinating legal issues are taking place outside of a courtroom so a Nutshell allows us to cover those topics in ways a casebook couldn’t. Plus, when the movie rights get picked up we all agree that Hugh Jackman can play me. He’s just a more talented and better looking version of me who can also sing and dance and has a better accent. The resemblance is uncanny.
I’m not sure when the book will be released but it certainly won’t be until 2015 at the earliest. Rest assured I’ll let you all know as the process unfolds.
Yesterday I published the 100th blog post here on SoMeLaw Thoughts. When I look back at how much has changed in social media since I started writing about it, not just my own professional involvement, it’s staggering. I feel incredibly lucky to take this journey and contribute to the field as well as participate in a line of books that I personally value. To join the ranks of the Nutshell books blows my mind.
Thanks to all of my readers and friends on social media who have pushed/pulled/heckled me along the way. An even bigger thanks to my family for putting up with my little side projects.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some writing to do.