This post, at TortDeform, tells us that a consortium of plaintiffs’ firms will now be paying law students to work the new media — blogs, forums, Facebook, Twitter, and the like — in favor of plaintiff’s-side causes:

“Initial duties will be to assist the firms with their public relations campaigns through blogging on the blog network. A major goal of the coordinated effort by these firms is to educate the public on the importance of the civil justice system and why protecting the right to a jury trial is paramount. The firms need assistance from law students familiar with online social networking in general (forums, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc) and the legal blogosphere in particular.”

We don’t know if there’s any similar effort on the defense side, but we felt compelled to let the world know that this is happening.

Hat tip to Point of Law.