Networking is important for most lawyers, but is vital for those practicing in small and solo firms to build a client base and connect with colleagues in the field. Lawyerist published an article yesterday describing some key components of networking, including one that seems obvious in theory, but may get pushed aside when dealing with the realities of daily work life: follow-up. According to author Cari Twitchell, it's not enough just to show up, but you have to follow up on the connections you've made to solidify them and establish real relationships. She provides some good basic networking tips to help with this process, here.
Above the Law also offered some insight into networking yesterday. Attorney Bruce Stachenfeld discussed the merits of good, old-fashioned personal contact versus technological connections, weighing heavily in favor of the in-person interaction. His thoughts on networking are available, here.