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Twitter Moot Buzz

Who said what about our Twitter Moot?

Well, we generated buzz with the world’s first-ever Twitter Moot, from the world’s most influential green blog, Treehugger.com, to hundreds of tweets from around the world.  Help us spread the word even more by tweeting (#twtmoot is the hashtag), posting on Facebook (invite your friends to our event page), and by blogging. Thanks to everyone who was there tweeting on February 21st!

Some of the Blog and Media coverage of our Twitter Moot:

"History has been made. The first Twitt­er Moot Court was officially brought to a close at 12:30p.m. (PST) yesterday following an hour of furious legal tweeting, hash tagging, and @mentioning. Although we might be decades away from actual cases being tried in the twittersphere, yesterday’s moot provided some insight into how social media can interface with classic legal debate." -  Skunkworks Blog, 22 February 2012

"As legal bloggers, we appreciate the value of electronic media. However, we are still a little sceptical of the power of twitter. After all, can one make a compelling argument when one is confined to 140 characters? To find out, we agreed to sponsor the world’s first twitter moot, organized by West Coast Environmental Law." - Ng Ariss Fong Blog, 22 February 2012

"If you've ever sat through a long-winded court case, you'll know a legal brief is anything but brief. And so the prospect of a case being argued in 140-character submissions on Twitter has the legal community - well - all atwitter." - Vancouver Sun, 17 February 2012

"Lawyers have a reputation for being a bit verbose, but that’s understandable: they work in a world of complex legalese, teasing out terminologies to persuade discerning judges and juries of their arguments’ worth. Now, imagine doing that 140 characters at a time. That’s what will be attempted next week in the world’s first ever Twitter moot." - Dalhousie News, 16 February 2012

"Lorne Sossin, the dean of Osgoode Hall Law School and an avid tweeter (@DeanSossin), said it’s a great way to focus legal arguments and ideas, adding the event is being billed as the world’s first Twitter moot court. 'This is a novel and timely initiative,' said Sossin. 'Good luck to the mooters, especially Team Osgoode — we’ll be following this ground breaking moot with great interest.'" - Toronto Sun, 16 February 2012

“I have to say this is kinda amazing. An environmental law argued over Twitter. Even if it is simply a simulation, I'm excited about the possibilities this has for showing how real debates can be held in such a unique platform without spiraling into flame wars. I love seeing technology and social media used in creative ways like this!”- TreeHugger.com, 15 December 2011

For the first time, law students are being encouraged to tweet during a moot. Unlike traditional moots where the use of social media is against the rules, this one will be all Twitter all the time.” – Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 4 Students, 30 January 2012

“This is an interesting way to blend social media, law and legal arguments in front of a global audience... in 140 characters or less. Will you be watching?” – Samantha Collier, Social Media for Lawyers, 25 January 2012

“There's a joke that goes: a bad lawyer can let a case drag on one for several years, but a good lawyer can make it last even longer. … So forcing law students … to argue their case briefly might be an interesting experiment. Better yet: let the rest of us tune in.” – Bethany Horne, Open File, 19 December 2011

“If environmental lawyers duke it out on Twitter, do they bill per character? … Environmental lawyers. In a brawl. Over a “precedent-setting” coal-vs-caribou case. Duking it out at 140 characters a shot. Over Twitter.” – On the Waterfront Blog, 15 December 2012

On Twitter (a quick sampling from the several hundred Twitter Moot related Tweets to date):

lawsocietyofbc RT @ubclaw: Canadian law students make legal and social media history in the world's first ever Twitter Moot, this Tuesday #twtmoot:...

For the moot to be so influential that courts are rendered...moot. Imagine the waterpark that could replace Vancity Courthouse!

osgoodealumni RT : Congratulations to West Coast Enviro. Law on first twitter moot, , , # - Go # mooters!

mvs_13 #twtmoot Past Gale mooter. Very interested to see how it goes. I will be watching!

Grant Sicknessgrantennae Grant Sickness: @WCELaw is having a Tweetmoot! #twtmoot Follow them to find out more. Go UBC! #ubclaw


Liz Harrisallocatur Liz Harris: Brevity is the source of wit - tested by twitter moot @samtaracollier: Will You Watch the World's First Twitter Moot? http://awe.sm/5eO9F

Survive Lawsurvivelaw Survive Law: The world's first Twitter moot is coming. It's not a moot about Twitter, it's a moot via Twitter. Amazing! http://wcel.org/twtmoot #twtmoot

#LegalChatLegalChatter #LegalChat: ok so was interested about this post on a Twitter moot - thoughts? #twtmoot http://www.wcel.org/twtmoottwtmoot #legalchat

Lawrence D. BlumbergLawrencelot Lawrence D. Blumberg: COOL! I'm in! Social Media for Law Firms by @samtaracollier: Will You Watch the World's First Twitter Moot? http://goo.gl/qobYx #twitlaw

G-LouiseAdvocatusAP G-Louise: @samtaracollier A Twitter Moot sounds amazing!! Do you think they would mind if we did a UK twitmoot? :)


D.R. Nevergiveup615nevergiveup D.R. Nevergiveup:  Yes, the revolution WILL be twitterized! http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/world-first-environmental-law-appeal-be-argued-over-twitter.html via @TreeHugger #environmentallaw

Leah Mack LLJMack Leah Mack: Intrigued - Legal argument in 140 chars or <? @WCELaw hosts world's 1st ever #Twitter Moot: bit.ly/vZIFTK #twtmoot #envlaw #law