February 4, 2007
Blogging's beneficiary and a revolution coming
The most successful blogs tend to be run by younger law professors who aren't necessarily at the top-ten schools. That's because if you're an established professor at a top-ten school, you are already probably getting significant positive reinforcement for what you are doing. But if you're a law professor who's trying to establish a name for yourself, you quite understandably feel that not enough people are paying attention to what you're saying. The blogosphere is a wonderful way for you to put your ideas out there and gain an audience for ideas you think are valuable and worthwhile. Blogging democratizes legal commentary; it publicizes the scholarship and the expertise of a large number of law professors who would not have gotten a voice before.
This comment resonates with me because because it is so very clear that my sentencing blog has proved to be a wonderful way for me to put out my ideas and gain an audience.
But Jack's comment also portends a coming revolution. The label of "younger law professors who aren't necessarily at the top-ten schools" describes perhaps 70% of current law professors and essentially 100% of wanna-be law professors. If blogging continues to be an especially valuable medium for an especially large percentage of law professors, I predict it is only a matter of time before every law professor is expected to have (or contribute to) a legal blog of one sort or another.
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Tracked on Feb 4, 2007 5:45:04 PM
I'm curious if greater participation in blogging will help bridge the much-discussed gap between the academy and practice. While blogs (like this one) can focus exclusively on issues that pertain only within the academy, I suspect most legal scholars want some impact on real-world debates, policies, and laws. Are practitioners reading and responding to these blogs, and if so, will that offer a more direct channel of feedback from the world of practice?
Posted by: Gene Koo | Feb 6, 2007 12:36:57 PM
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