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U.S. Judge Offers Thoughts on Blogs

The enterprising Ian Best, at his blog 3L Epiphany, scores an interview about blogs with U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf of Nebraska, who recently cited to a legal blog in an opinion. Notably, Kopf says he regularly reads legal blogs and checks two in particular every day: Sentencing Law and Policy and How Appealing. As to whether blogs are legitimate forms of legal scholarship, Kopf replies:

"Blogs written by lawyers, judges, law professors and law students that provide solid information and critical analysis on subjects the authors know something about are just as authoritative as other secondary sources."

Asked about the impact of blogs on the legal profession, Kopf says:

"My guess is that legal blogs will partially fill the 'practicality' gap between the legal academy and the rest of us. Blogs provide a unique opportunity for law teachers to directly influence the development of the law in near real time."

One footnote: Best asks Kopf whether his citing to a blog was "unprecedented." It was not. I wrote back in January 2004 about U.S. District Judge William G. Young's citation to The Volokh Conspiracy.

[Thanks to Between Lawyers for the pointer.]

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on April 27, 2006 at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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