But in the legal world, while those names are large, there are other blogs. Probably the most important blog (and certainly the most feared) is Above the Law. Ending up being torn apart on Above the Law is rapidly becoming large law firms' worst fear since that site is having a major impact on firm reputations.
The Harvard Law Review has also felt the wrath of the legal blogs, or "blawgosphere," recently. They published a student note which, needless to say, wasn't received well. Above the Law criticized it here. The Volokh Conspiracy chimed in as well. This is not new; the Harvard Law Review has had a series of stumbles recently.
But blawgs also highlight good news. Case in point: Merck's two appellate victories in the Vioxx product liability lawsuit swarm this past week were highlighted by How Appealing.
And then there is the legal commentary. From reliably far-left outlets such as Jurist's op-ed page (which called for Memorial Day to be honored by torturing practically the entire Bush administration) to sites such as Bench Memos, which is the National Review's legal blog (with posts like "This Week in Judicial Activism") and quite conservative, blawgs run the gamut of legal perspectives.
You can find odd stories in the blawgosphere, such as the story of the conviction of a man for assault with a dangerous weapon: a hedgehog. Or even the truly, truly odd: pre-bar exam advertisements for orgies to relieve stress. One presumes that attendees of the event likely aren't going to be on the side of Phyllis Schlafly, whose honorary degree from Washington University sparked a massive debate.
You have dry articles that are likely to put you to sleep (such as some of the stuff on TaxProf) as well as stories that highlight the misconduct of the legal profession (judges who don't allow bathroom breaks, for example).
All in all, however, the blawgosphere is a fantastic place to suit just about any taste!
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Inside Legal Blogs As this will be my final installment of Inside Law Blogs and Chat Boards, I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people who made it possible for me to maintain this column for so long. But then I decided that since I did most of the heavy lifting, I should just focus on myself for my last column.
Inside Legal Blogs First, let me apologize for my absence last week (because I know there are so many of you out there eagerly anticipating my fascinating insights and commentary). Believe it or not, I had my article written and ready to go...and then my computer died, taking last week's Inside Legal Blogs report with it to the grave. I realize this is the attorney's equivalent of "the dog ate my homework," but I swear it's true. And when was the last time you doub ...
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Inside Legal Blogs Put on your work gloves, and hike up your pants. It's time once again to clean out the law blog gutters. Look at all these leaves stuck in here. What a mess. This might take a while. The law blog gutters get clogged from time to time, and that's when I come around to clear everything out so things can run smoothly.
Inside Legal Blogs Someone in heaven must be looking out for me. A week ago, if someone had asked me to create my ideal job, I would have tried to come up with something involving all of my passions: ice cream, Three's Company reruns, and napping. But since no one will pay me to vegetate on my parents' sofa, eat fudgesicles, and exchange knowing glances with Mr. Roeper (Why is he always looking straight into the camera? Is he trying to tell me that he knows Jack is ...
Inside Legal Blogs Well, it's officially spring...and that's always good news, even if it's freezing outside today and we're all stuck inside. I tend to rationalize things this way: Even if it were nice outside, I'd still be stuck inside working. In fact, if it were nice outside, I'd be even bitterer about the fact that I'm stuck inside working. So it's better that the weather sucks…at least that's what I keep telling myself. But hey, even if you can't look forwa ...
Inside Legal Blogs I hope all of my readers know that they can't trust anything said on the Internet. Cue the long and not very funny routine about whether that means you can't trust me. But of course you know all that - you're lawyers.
Inside Legal Blogs Luckily for this week's edition of ''Inside Legal Blogs,'' there were quite a few interesting discussions this week in the legal ''Blawgosphere.'' There were, for example, some philosophical ones, such as the discussion that raged on Volokh and PrawfsBlawg about ''theophobia,'' or the hostility of academics towards religion. In fact, religion was in the news a lot this week, as was gay marriage, what with wedding bells beginning to ring in Cali ...
Inside Legal Blogs Happy New Year! 2006 was a great year for legal blogs. So many ridiculous legal stories and only 52 articles to sum everything up for you guys…that's not very many. But for your sake and mine, I can only hope that 2007 will prove to be just as colorful a year for ''Inside Legal Blogs.'' Judging from this week's blogs, I think it will be.
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