A couple of months ago I was chatting with a well-known lawyer. He was surprised when I told him I was spending a significant amount of time on Hague Evidence Convention matters. He encouraged me to do some marketing on this. The folkman.law website covers this, but obviously people who know about me aren’t all getting the message! I also have noticed over time a real lack of—I don’t know exactly what to call it—SEO oomph in my online presence. Thus the idea for a separate website, an adjunct to my main site, focused specifically on the Convention and letters rogatory. And because my colleague Aaron Lukken, service maven and proprietor of the Hague Law Blog, was kind enough to transfer a relevant domain name to me, I decided to develop a new site.

I reached out to a web designer, but I had the same unhappy experience I have had with previous web designers. Maybe it is bad luck. I also had the same experience I had with my main site: the designers were really, really unhappy with the notion that I want to host and administer the site myself (as I do with the site you’re reading), probably because in addition to the fee for designing a site, a designer earns a monthly hosting fee. But in the end I decided to go it alone and develop a simple website without a lot of bells and whistles. It’s now live, and you can check it out at hagueevidence.com.

The idea of the site was just to plant a flag on the web. I give some basic information about the Convention, about me, and about how I work, and invite potential clients to get in touch. I plan also to include an RSS feed with Letters Blogatory posts relating to the Evidence Convention, letters rogatory, and taking evidence abroad generally, though I am having some technical difficulties with that. I really like the clean look of the new site, maybe more than I like the look of the main site. I probably should consider adding a few images, etc.

I welcome feedback on the new site. How can I make it more useful for you? What is missing that you’d like to see?

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