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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

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.

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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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