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The Only Two Blawgers in Iowa

Could Rush Nigut and Brett Trout do for blawging in Iowa what Prof. Harold Hill did for marching bands? From Dennis M. Kennedy at Between Lawyers comes a pointer to The Gospel of Blawging, a Des Moines Business Record story about Iowa's only two lawyers with blogs and their newfound mission to spread the word among their peers. Nigut, a business and corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Ward in West Des Moines, writes the blog Rush on Business, and Trout, a solo patent attorney in Des Moines, writes Blawg IT.

The two lawyers will join forces to "spread the gospel" of blawging at a seminar for Iowa lawyers later this week. Trout tells the Business Record:

"From what we can tell, we really are the only attorneys in Iowa doing this. And it's such a great tool that if we could keep it to ourselves and not let anyone else use it, I know I would in a heartbeat. But it's like the Internet. How are you going to keep it a secret? So we thought we would help get the word out ourselves."

What do Iowa's only two legal bloggers see as its value? For one, says Nigut, blogging encourages the sharing of ideas.

"You get to see some really great minds discuss the issues in your field, and then you yourself can chime in with your opinion. I've learned so much since I started this that I never would have encountered otherwise."

As for the lack of other lawyers in their state with blogs, Nigut explains it this way: "Lawyers are very reluctant to be the first ones to do anything." But that is changing as more younger lawyers join the profession's ranks. "It's a generational thing," Nigut says.

Sounds like Trouble, with a capital T and that rhymes with B and that stands for Blawg.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 6, 2006 at 03:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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