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The Impact of Blogging on the Practice of Law: Hit the Snooze Button


Tom W. Bell


Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law


Nexus Law Journal, Vol. 11, p. 75, 2006

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To forecast how blogging will impact the practice of law, we need to consider how some similar, equally revolutionary technology has impacted attorneys. I nominate the clock radio. Given that example, you might suppose that I don't think blogging will radically change the practice of law. Correct. Blogging has many virtues. It offers a largely harmless outlet for extroverted cranks and cheap entertainment for procrastinating office workers. Blogging even stands to do some very real good. I have nothing against blogging; I blog, myself. I simply don't think it will change the practice of law very much. Why not? First, because blogs seldom offer the sort of detailed and applied legal analysis that a careful attorney must perform. Second, because an attorney would find it next to impossible to practice law via a blog without violating several rules of professional responsibility. I thus conclude that neither reading nor writing blogs will have a significant influence on the practice the law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: blogging, practice of law, ethics, professional responsibility

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Date posted: August 8, 2006  

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Bell, Tom W., The Impact of Blogging on the Practice of Law: Hit the Snooze Button. Nexus Law Journal, Vol. 11, p. 75, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=922127

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