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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bloggership: How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship

I am delighted that the papers from our symposium on Bloggership:  How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship, held on April 28, 2006 at Harvard Law School, have finally been published in 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1025-1261 (2006).  (It is, of course, ironic that a symposium on how blogs are transforming legal scholarship is finally published over 18 months after the event and after the papers were first posted online.)

My Introduction is Are Scholars Better Bloggers?, 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1025 (2006).  Here is the abstract:

These are the opening remarks I delivered at the symposium on Bloggership: How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship at Harvard Law School on April 28, 2006. Part One describes how my work on TaxProf Blog and the Law Professor Blog Network led me to organize this Symposium. Part Two takes inspiration from Jim Lindgren's work, Are Scholars Better Teachers?, 73 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 823 (1998), to ask, using our twenty-three panelists as guinea pigs, Are Scholars Better Bloggers? The data indicate that our participants include some of the most heavily-cited and heavily-downloaded legal scholars who edit many of the most heavily-trafficked law blogs. Although the data do not do not conclusively answer the question raised, they demonstrate that we have assembled an impressive array of scholar-bloggers in the first conference on the impact of blogs on legal scholarship.

The papers and commentary are organized around four themes: (1) Law Blogs as Legal Scholarship (papers by Doug Berman, Kate Litvak, Larry Solum, and Eugene Volokh; commentary by Paul Butler, Jim Lindgren, and Ellen Podgor); (2) The Role of the Law Professor Blogger (papers by Gail Heriot, Orin Kerr, and Gordon Smith; commentary by Randy Barnett and Michael Froomkin); (3) Law Blogs and the First Amendment (papers by Glenn Reynolds and Eric Goldman; commentary by Betsy Malloy and Dan Solove); and (4) The Many Faces of Law Professor Blogs (papers by Ann Althouse, Christine Hurt & Tung Yin, and Larry Ribstein; commentary by Howard Bashman). Paul Butler perhaps best captured the spirit of the Symposium with this clarion call: "Blogs are walking up to legal scholarship and slapping it in the face. Blogs say to legal scholarship: 'How dare you! Evolve or Die!' . . . I feel like I am part of a movement that could change the world."

Law Blogs as Legal Scholarship

The Role of the Law Professor Blogger

Law Blogs and the First Amendment

The Many Faces of Law Professor Blogs

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