Family Law Professionals

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Brent

Family Law Professionals is now an open group Manager's Choice

Corporate Director of Process Improvement, at Fresenius Medical Care

I am pleased to announce that, as the owner of this group, I have just switched us to an open discussion group. All future discussions will be fully visible, searchable, and shareable on the Web. All past discussions are now closed in a members-only archive. I look forward to our future discussions now joining the broader conversation of the wider Web.

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  • January 5, 2011
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  • Keith

    Keith C.

    Owner, Commissioner Keith M. Clemens (Ret.)

    Mr. Clark, it's your group and your decision, but this now changes the nature of discussions on this group. They are no longer discussions among family law professionals. Not all matters of professional interest can comfortably or safely or even appropriately be discussed in an open group.

    Further, I would be concerned that some may try to use an open group called "Family Law Professionals" to promote their own professional practices. That would be both inappropriate and injurious to this group.

    Commissioner Keith M. Clemens (Ret.)
    Los Angeles, California

  • Robert A. S.

    Robert A.

    Robert A. S.

    A Nationally Recognized Expert in Forensic Psychology Consulting in Family Law Matters

    I agree with Comm. Clemens. Further, disgruntled litigants have been known to infiltrate these groups, take comments out of context and use them to harass and harm practitioners. This would be most unfortunate. I know that I am much less open and participative in such circumstances.

  • Brent

    Brent C.

    Corporate Director of Process Improvement, at Fresenius Medical Care

    Good Morning Gentlemen,

    Thank you for your comments. Linkedin has recently increased the group functionality to allow nonmembers of groups to view the content in open groups. I believe it is Linkedin’s hope that most groups will become open groups. This will give Linkedin more content on the World Wide Web and increase their exposure. At first I was a bit skeptical about opening up our group. However, after having a chance to view some of the newly opened groups, I came to the following conclusions:

    1. Many groups on Linkedin allow non-members to read posts but not contribute. I've joined some of these groups and have had the opportunity to ask follow-up questions and engage with members of these groups to solve issues. Without having first seen the content in these groups, I would have never joined.

    1. Opening up our group allows group members to increase their exposure as experts in the field of family law.

    1. There are many groups on Linkedin that cater to family law professionals. I am hopeful that allowing outsiders to see our group content will lead to an increase in membership. With close to 800,000 groups on Linkedin and a limit on how many groups an individual can belong to, it can be tough for a group to gain exposure and grow.

    I am sure that you and other group members have concerns about belonging to an open group. I would encourage you to do as I did and visit some of the other open groups on Linkedin and determine if belonging to an open group is right for you.

    Again, thanks for your comments and thank you for being a member of the Family Law Professionals Group.

  • Brent

    Brent C.

    Corporate Director of Process Improvement, at Fresenius Medical Care

    Good Afternoon Mr. Clemens,

    In regards to your point about the possibility of nonmembers using the group to promote their professional practices, Linkedin has permitted me to setup controls that will ensure that nonmembers do not have access to post new discussion items or comment on discussions without my permission.

    Going forward, applicants will still be screened by me before being accepted as members of the group. If I determine that an individual does not have any business being a member of our group, I will decline their request or remove them from the group. With that said, I rely on you and other group members to alert me to current members who might be abusing the privilege of belonging to our group.

    Again, thank you for your support and for being a member of the Family Law Professionals Group.

  • Quintal, K.

    Quintal,

    Quintal, K.

    Attorney at Law Offices of Kerri A. Quintal P.C.

    What a great idea.... then we can all share ideas in information to a broader audience... I am pleased to have joined this group and accept all member invites at quintalatty@gmail.com

  • Brent

    Brent C.

    Corporate Director of Process Improvement, at Fresenius Medical Care

    Thank you, Kerri. I appreciate the support.

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