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March 17, 2006

The power of legal blogs

The Daily Court Review today has this story, entitled "Hobby Turns Into Project To Track Lawyers' Blogs And Their Impact," which discusses the taxonomy of legal blogs being developed by OSU's own Ian Best at 3L Epiphany.  Here is a snippet:

Best says the best feature of the multitude of legal blogs is how research is presented.  Legal journals, he said, tend to be more static while the legal blogs are more interactive, making it easier to learn from.  He discovered, for instance, that not only attorneys and judges were reading [Douglas Berman's] blog about sentencing guidelines.  "Criminal defendants and victims were reading his blog," Best said. "They're not going to pick up a law journal. But they can read this and learn how this applies to their situation. This moves away from the ivory tower."...

Though the notoriety blogging has received is recent, Best said what it could achieve for the legal profession and mass communication is a broader audience and a more educated public. "It's all online and it's a superior way of doing it," he said.  "That'll be an outreach to the public.  Legal blogs have a real potential that can be transformed."

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I am one that is very grateful for Doug Berman Blog. I am so much more educated with the justice system and our constitutional rights. I even told our attorney that it's a must read daily or at least weekly to be kept informed with all the changes and opinions in each circuit. This is the most effective way for anyone in the legal field or others who are caught in the legal system to be informed. How can any attorney defend his/her client without the most updated info as recent as today. Someone who would not pick up a law book will read the legal blogs. The blogs are viewed by a larger audience and educate the public about the law. All the injustice in the legal system is now out in the open and not only hidden behind some legal books for all to see.

Posted by: Welch | Mar 17, 2006 8:23:06 PM

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that is an issue I myself
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Had it not been for my regular
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I for one, am very grateful
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