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The topic du jour  at Volokh Conspiracy is  How the Internet May Help The Accuracy of Legal Scholarship. Volokh lists a few ways that the Internet can improve accuracy, including making unpublished information sources available so that readers can check the actual source rather than rely on an inaccurate or incomplete summary by the author. 

Of course, with the pervasive influence of blogs, I wonder how much incentive law professors have to improve law review articles. These days, a blog post is just as likely to garner a cite in a judicial opinion as a law review article. As this post from 3L Epiphany shows, since 2004, there have been "32 citations of legal blogs from 27 different cases, with 8 legal blogs being cited." Doug Berman, a professor at Ohio State University Law School and author of "Sentencing Law and Policy," took top prize, with 21 citations. 

Does anyone know offhand how these citation numbers for blogs compare to law reviews?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 7, 2006 at 07:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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