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As the world goes to hell in a handbasket, the blawgosphere is abuzz with a debate over whether big firm blogs are boring. Blame it on the ABA Journal's Blawg 100, which listed but two blogs from Am Law 100 firms. Not surprising, opines big-firm blogger Mark Herrmann, because big-firm blogs lack voice and are boring. No they're not, responds Kevin O'Keefe, who happens to be in the business of selling blogs to big firms. Yes they are, counters Scott H. Greenfield, adding that it's a good thing, because it weans out the weak blogs and allows the strong to thrive. Yes they are, agrees Carolyn Elefant, because big firm blogs lack palpable passion. My $.02: Let us not judge a blog by the size of its audience or the number of its awards, but by the value it provides its readers, however esoteric its topic.

Speaking of the ABA Journal's Blawg 100, one of many bright lights on the list is The Legal Satyricon, the irreverent blog of irreverent and successful First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza. Now a resident of San Diego, Randazza is a native of Gloucester, Mass., the town that neighbors my home, where I have had the good fortune to meet him over coffee. The next best thing to talking to him live is this Bitter Lawyer interview with the man who says, "I'd rather drive a stake through my balls than work in BigLaw."

In a sign of the times, Westlaw publisher Thomson Reuters is laying off 240 employees from its legal division, including 120 from the longtime headquarters of West in Eagan, Minn. Notably, the announcement of the layoffs came just one day after the company named a new editorial director for the division, Stephen J. Adler, the former editor of Business Week and The American Lawyer.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 8, 2009 at 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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