Legal Online CommunityAs you may have heard, Thomson Reuters recently launched a community for its small law firm customers. The Legal Professional Online Community is an online environment where customers can connect directly with peers, as well as with Thomson Reuters and industry experts, and explore and discuss small law firm-specific subjects and topics.

The Legal Community is available at no cost to Thomson Reuters small law firm customers with FindLaw INSIGHT and WestlawNext access. A one-time Community registration is required at initial login. Access outside of these two sources is in development and will be available sometime later this year.

So what makes this community different from other online communities? For one, select Thomson Reuters and industry experts are available to answer questions and share insights to help customers manage and grow their practice more effectively. In addition, the Community is a closed environment exclusive to customers, and is moderated by Thomson Reuters. This makes the Community a more certain environment where attorneys can interact with confidence.

“We’re excited to welcome our WestlawNext small law firm and FindLaw INSIGHT customers into the Legal Professional Online Community,” said Michelle Wildenauer, senior director of Market Development at Thomson Reuters. “We hope the Community becomes our customers’ go-to source to ask questions of other attorneys, connect with Thomson Reuters experts, and get tips on how to better manage and grow their business.”

The “Share with Community” function

The “Share with Community” function

Customers can also share WestlawNext content with their colleagues and other Community members with the “Share with Community” feature. WestlawNext is the first product to leverage the social platform’s clip and share widget, which allows customers to highlight up to 250 characters of WestlawNext text and share it directly into the community. The post in the Community automatically pulls in the highlighted text along with a link back to the original content in WestlawNext.

“This integration between the Community and WestlawNext is an exciting enhancement to the attorneys’ workflow,” said Rose Ostrow, head of Social Platforms at Thomson Reuters. “The clip and share widget is a great example of how the platform can be more deeply integrated into products and websites.”