Judges cite more blogs in rulings (National Law Journal)

Law student survey finds 32 Web log citations in the last two years.

Pamela A. MacLean/Staff reporter
September 4, 2006

Judges have discovered the Internet’s 600 legal blogs, citing them at least 32 times in 27 decisions over the last two years.

A blog, short for Web log, is a Web page that acts as a continuous journal of the writer’s commentary, news and links to related sites. Blogs began, often as personal diaries, in the 1990s but came into their own in recent years among lawyers who use them to share with peers the latest developments in legal specialties.

The ability to burrow deeply into a specialized area of the law with continuous updates has an undeniable appeal to practitioners. This phenomenon was not lost on Ian Best, a 36-year-old law school graduate who began a blog, “3L Epiphany,” as an independent study project for academic credit at Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law. It is a taxonomy of legal blogs. Best counted them, classified them and tracked their development.

“The most significant development is judges citing blogs,” said Best, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is awaiting his bar exam results. (more…)

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