MITLawyers.com: MIT Lawyers Unite!

Sort of an informal bar association for lawyers who are also MIT alum.

I put together a website called MITLawyers.com, which is an informal community of, for, and by lawyers who are also graduates of MIT. I used mediawiki.org, the same software that powers wikipedia.org. I’m very much interested in making this a community project, which is why I chose the wiki format, but I’m open to suggestions.

The site is pretty basic at this point, but the framework is there for something more substantial.

There’s also an MITLawyers group on LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1296067

For now I wanted to create the MITLawyers.com platform and see where it goes. Comments welcome and encouraged!

4 Replies to “MITLawyers.com: MIT Lawyers Unite!”

  1. 10/27/08

    On 07/16/08, I installed a new server and moved all of my websites from my old Verio VPS v2 (running FreeBSD 4.7) to my new Verio Linux VPS v3 (running RHEL 4.0).

    I’m using WordPress 2.5.1 for my blogs (clocktowerlaw.com, erikjheels.com, cannonballshooters.com, sonnysarea.com). On 10/03/08, I installed php5 on my server (for mitlawyers.com, a mediawiki.org site that requires php5). On 10/04/078, I noticed that the header graphics on erikjheels.com were broken (e.g. lack of nav bar in php5 version). I reverted back to php4, and erikjheels.com works again (but now mitlawyers.com is broken).

    I thought the problem was with my design. In the php5 version, it looks like the bloginfo tag isn’t being evaluated in php5. But the designer says that he’s tested the erikjheels.com site in PHP4 and PHP5 and it works in both.

  2. 10/29/08, Joan said:

    I think I have found the problem. In a few places (including the logo URL and the call to list the nav buttons) you are using the < ?= delimiter instead of < ?php echo. If your new server has the short open tags off, then these won't work. That is why it is working for your designer (it works on my server too).

    I made the changes in your header file, uploaded it to my server and it still worked (so I guess all that means is that I didn't introduce any more errors). There are 4 other files with those in them too.

    You can always set the short_open_tag to On if you want too. Otherwise, I can fix the 5 files and email them to you.

  3. 11/01/08, Joan said:

    I updated the following files:
    header.php
    comments.php
    footer.php
    sidebar.php
    functions.php

    I replaced all < ?= with < ?php echo
    and all < ? with < ?php

    It was a little harder to check for the "< ?<,/code>" than the "< ?=" but I think I got them all. I backed everything up on my machine before I made the changes, If you have any trouble, let me know. It does run on my server, and it runs on your current one, so I don't think I added any typos.

    The short tag setting is in /usr/local/php/lib/php.ini.
    short_open_tag = on

    You shouldn't have to do that now though unless something else breaks.

  4. 10/16/09

    In the past 48 hours, I’ve had DNS errors with GoDaddy, MySQL errors with Verio. I’ve fixed all WordPress sites. But http://www.mitlawyers.com is a MediWiki site and is very broken.

    I don’t have the time to fix it, so I’m 301-ing all MITlawyer domains to http://erikjheels.com:

    MITAttorney.com
    MITAttorneys.com
    MITIPAttorney.com
    MITIPAttorneys.com
    MITIPLawFirm.com
    MITIPLawyer.com
    MITIPLawyers.com
    MITLawFirm.com
    MITLawyer.com
    MITLawyers.com
    MITLawyers.net
    MITLawyers.org
    MITPatentAttorney.com
    MITPatentAttorneys.com
    MITPatentLawFirm.com
    MITPatentLawyer.com
    MITPatentLawyers.com
    MITTrademarkAttorney.com
    MITTrademarkAttorneys.com
    MITTrademarkLawFirm.com
    MITTrademarkLawyer.com
    MITTrademarkLawyers.com

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