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February 9, 2008

A bloggy interview at LexBlog

In this post at LexBlog, Rob La Gatta has put up an interview we did last week discussing, inter alia, how I see blogging impacting traditional legal scholarship:  Here are parts of our Q and A:

Rob La Gatta: Do you believe blogs have played a positive role in how law professors teach/articulate their ideas and get their message across?

Doug Berman: Yes, absolutely...although I would say that blogging is a unique kind of media for expressing law professor ideas.  I’ve been very fortunate to work in a field and to have kind of an A.D.D. attitude towards it that makes blogs a particularly useful way for me to get out a lot of smaller ideas.  But I think for those who are interested in longer-form idea development or other more traditional aspects of the scholarly conversation, blogs can be more challenging than beneficial.  That’s where my big support for faculty blogging is based: a vision of the diversity of mediums that are valuable to get ideas out....

Rob La Gatta: How have you seen traditional law reviews adjusting to handle the growth of the blogosphere?

Doug Berman: These online supplements are a very direct acknowledgment of one thing that the blogs have contributed to the law professor universe: sometimes, law professors have things they want to say and can valuably say in 500 words rather than 500,000 words.

February 9, 2008 in Blogging by lawyers and law professors | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 7, 2008

The new, shorter, law school experience?

I was surprised to find that the University of Dayton's Law School is now offering a degree in just five semesters.  According to their website, students who start in May can even finish in just two years, even with a summer off.  I'll admit to being flummoxed as to how this could work, given the standard requirements for a degree.  The advantages are pretty obvious:  Less time in school, lower costs for school and student, and a nifty way to deal with the lethargy that often sets in during the third year.  But what, if anything, is sacrificed?

Does anyone have an insight into this or a similar program?

-- Mark Osler

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February 3, 2008

Can any law school innovation be found at the ABA TECHSHOW?

I just got an e-mail encouraging me, as a member of the ABA, to make plans to head "to the Windy City for ABA TECHSHOW 2008, the world's premier legal technology conference and expo." This (somewhat ugly) website provides a basic description of the show:

ABA TECHSHOW continues to be the world's premier legal technology conference & expo. The three-day conference is attended by more than 1400 people each year and produces more than 50 legal technology programs and training sessions in sixteen topical tracks. ABA TECHSHOW also features a two-day expo.  Learn about the latest products and services as you wander through the exhibit hall, featuring more than 100 technology companies....

ABA TECHSHOW attendees typically include:

  • Lawyers
  • Judges
  • CIOs
  • IT Managers
  • Law Firm Administrators
  • Legal Marketing Directors
  • Legal Technology Consultants
  • Paralegals
  • Legal Assistants

I find it disappointing, though not really surprising, that this event apparently has nothing geared to law professors, law schools or any aspect of the legal academy.  Perhaps folks at the ABA heard that some law professors are banning laptops in the classroom, and now assume that most ivory tower Luddites have no professional interest in attending the "world's premier legal technology conference and expo."

Posted by DAB

February 3, 2008 in Technology -- in general | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack