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Why oh why would you leave the law to become a famous blogging babe?

I'm still digesting Carolyn Elefant's post about blawggers who recently exited the closet, including Opinionistas and my own beloved Article III Groupie, now Wonkette Thing 1.  Not sure what I think so I won't comment -- but she's as articulate as always! Elefant writes:

"Don't get me wrong - I'm thrilled for my colleagues who've found notoriety through blogs.  It's just more proof of the power of the blog.  But at the same time, the anonymous-lawyer-turned-celebrity has too much of a fantasy feel to it for my taste - which is probably why it appeals to large firm attorneys, the excitement of the dotcom start-ups in the 1990s lured so many biglaw attorneys away from their firms.  It all kind of makes me wonder whether anyone at biglaw really wants to be a lawyer or whether they're biding their time, waiting for a book deal or stock options or a winning lottery ticket.  Did biglaw attorneys ever want to practice law to begin with, or was law just an easy way to suppress other passions or avoid a deeper exploration of their desires.  Or does the large firm, through its merciless, grinding caste system, kill young lawyers' vision of law as a noble, empowering career that can change lives and promote justice?"

What do you think?

Posted by Laurel Newby on January 19, 2006 at 03:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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