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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Impact of Anti-Law School Scam Blogging on the Legal Profession

Lucille A. Jewel (John Marshall (Atlanta)) has published You're Doing It Wrong: How the Anti-Law School Scam Blogging Movement Can Shape the Legal Profession, 12 Minn. J. L. Sci. & Tech. 239 (2011). Here is the Conclusion:

With the Scam Blogging movement, a small set of underemployed or unemployed attorneys—not the type of lawyers who would normally be listened to with respect to ideas for reforming an aspect of the profession—harness the power of the Internet to argue for changes in the way that law schools market themselves. As the legal community has seen, the Scam Blogger movement has unleashed several Internet cultural phenomena into the legal profession: viral Internet memes, emergent communities, and the use of shaming and griping techniques, sometimes vulgar and insulting, as a norm enforcement mechanism. However, the legal profession should not dismiss alternative lawyer voices coming out of the blogosphere because, despite a subversive approach to rhetoric and argument, these lawyers are contributing valuable ideas about specific problems facing the profession. Moreover, there is an important community function at work: providing some attorneys, operating at the margins of the profession, a community space for fellowship and exchange. In the interest of enriching attorneys’ professional identity, the legal profession should embrace the participatory culture of the Internet and the emergence of new legal communities and the alternative viewpoints they bring.

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I totally agree. It would be backwards thinking to not utilize the power of the internet. All other media expose pales in comparison to when you've harnessed the internet advantage--especially social networking sites.

Great blog, i'll always be tuned in to other blog posts you' ll be making in the future.

Posted by: Tax Accountant NJ | Jun 27, 2011 4:11:31 PM

ABSOLUTELY. Lawyers should not ignore other voices from the web - this is such a 'stuck in the mud' professional culture that the automatic response is to ignore everything that doesn't match the 1950s (or 1880s) view of how to be educated and how to practice. But the world is changing - and even if the legal profession doesn't want to, it will have to adapt or die. Might as well listen...

Posted by: Ten Year Lawyer | Jun 28, 2011 6:11:50 AM