Does Reddit Have Anything Useful for Lawyers?


Have you ever tried Reddit, the content-sharing and discussion site? There is a lot there. But the question is, is there anything there of value to lawyers?

I offer an answer to that question in my column this week at Above the Law: This Week in Legal Tech: Is Reddit Worth It for Lawyers?

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  • I’ve been a member of Solosez for around 15 years. I also tried out the Lawyers Reddit recently.

    I think Solosez is, in general, more valuable than Reddit forums because Solosez posters have to use their own names. Knowing exactly who a piece of advice is coming from helps you evaluate the value of the advice.

    Additionally, Solosez is a true community. Many sezzers have been members for 15 years or more. There are occasional local in-person gatherings around the country, and many friendships, professional relationships and even a marriage have resulted from connections made on Solosez.

    • Bob Ambrogi

      I agree with you. I was a member for many years. I finally had to quit because there was too much activity on it. There are other subject-specific and state-specific listservs that are also very valuable, depending on the type and location of your practice.

    • I am actively using Reddit but have not tried Solosez. Though was not very enjoying that community but still was trying to find out if it can be useful for lawyers. But now I will give a try to Solosez too.

  • Brad Rosen

    Is anyone aware of any open lawyer oriented Slack online communities?

  • jennifer rose

    Reddit (, the decade-old behemoth of social media, bears more resemblance to an old-fashioned bulletin board than to its more stylish Facebook and Twitter cousins. It’s so plain that it makes LinkedIn look glitzy. Within eight broad categories are 50 subreddits, and only thousands of subreddits are nestled within those, embracing just about every topic under the sun, where readers can post, upvote or downvote others’ contributions, and comment back-and-forth, just like a web forum or mailing list. Topics within a subreddit are ranked as new, rising, controversial, top, gilded, wiki, and promoted.

    Some of the subreddits are public, and others are private. One private subreddit, /r/Lawyers ( is limited to lawyers, who must prove admission to the bar before gaining admission to this vaunted group. This six-year old subreddit’s 1514 readers tend to go by handles instead of their real names, and the subreddit is moderated by a Houston oil and gas lawyer who calls himself JoshTheGoat. Even though the handles may sound frivolous – AndSoItGoes, bluepen2, redditlawyer, DinoDonkeyDoodleWA, GlapLaw, OPTLawyer, Troutmandoo, and BlackCrusader are just a few – the topics and commentary are serious. Among recent threads have been a legal analysis of the Fourth Amendment implications of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” wrongful death against a hospital based on a murder by a third party, firm stationery, rescinding an offer of representation, partners you want to strangle, moonlighting by government lawyers, tortious interference with title, a current ABA article on mental health in the profession, and the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

    Even though the topics run the gamut from ethics to personal injury, the responses are well-reasoned, thoughtful, and just as worthwhile as those you might find on a more refined listserve. There is a certain Hotel California “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” quality to Reddit, which can trap the unwary, but it’s still a forum worth checking out.

    But, as Lisa Solomon wisely points out, Reddit is no match for Solosez. I know, because I’ve been its list manager since the last century.