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OK, CLERKING MATTERS -- BUT LAW REVIEW MIGHT NOT

In another post on the future of law review magazines, professor Orin Kerr wonders whether legal blogs -- "blawgs" -- have rendered case comments "superfluous" because they beat law reviews for speed and insight. He wonders, is writing practice for students all that's left?

"By the time case comments come out, usually about a year after the decision, it is too little, too late. Litigants, judicial clerks, and anyone else involved in the case can read the output of the blawgs online and take away whatever lessons they wish from the commentary; few are going to go hunting through Westlaw for student comments a year or two later." More here.

Kerr's elicited plenty of reader comments on The Volokh Conspiracy. Here's a sampling:

  • John Steele:  "Blogs will further erode the utility of case comments, but several prior developments had already rendered case comments nearly useless, imho. ..."
  • Ethesis: "Legal newsletters and e-mail lists do far more to spread discussion of new cases than blawgs do. ..."
  • DV: " the Web ought to be able to cut down the gap to a week or two. Why can't the editors scan the blawgs and the Court of Appeals' Web sites for noteworthy new opinions, and assign case notes to staffers on a rolling basis, posting them to the review's Web site as soon as they're ready?"

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Posted by Laurel Newby on February 22, 2005 at 11:21 AM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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