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                              Inside Legal Blogs
                              [By Jeff]
                              In this edition, we welcome the return of legal ethics on the Internet, get sued by the Recording Industry Association of
                              America, and wish a happy belated birthday to the old Rail Splitter.




Everyone is forwarding that Dianna Abdala/            and given the freedom to be creative, according      replace newspapers. Hoffman points out that
William Korman email exchange back and                to the blog post. While the traditional law firm     few of the major newspapers offer RSS feeds
forth, the one with the subject line Lawyers          hierarchy promotes automatous behavior,              featuring the full content of their printed news.
Behaving Badly. I saw it first when someone           Baker posits that the performance of                 Kevin O’Keefe of LexBlog issued a request to
posted it on the Judged message boards.               knowledge workers is much more difficult to          American Lawyer Media to make their legal
It’s true that Abdala rejected Korman’s job           evaluate.                                            news available via RSS. This begs the question,
offer in an unprofessional manner, but she                                                                 why is this content not on an RSS feed? I’m at
                                                      In a somewhat-related law blog post, Adam
shouldn’t feel so bad now that her email has                                                               least as important, if not more so, than all the
been forwarded to the entire American legal
                                                      Smith, Esq., the law firm economics blog,            other news combined. Right?
                                                      offered a thorough analysis of corporate
community. I once turned down a job offer by
                                                      and law firm culture and the benefits of             Last Monday was Presidents’ Day, a day many
setting fire to a guy’s office. In retrospect, I
                                                      collaboration over competition among                 people did not have to work. I, however, did
didn’t need to use that much butane.
                                                      employees. Competition, says Bruce MacEwen           have to work. I was left to think how President
A cause for celebration came last week                of Adam Smith, Esq., encourages high                 Lincoln would have felt about my working on
with the return of Ben Cowgill of the Legal           turnover and slow incremental growth, while          the day we celebrate his birth (which came a
Ethics Blog. Last year, the Kentucky Lawyer           collaboration puts forth refined strategies,         full week after his real 97th birthday). I seem
Advertising Commission ruled that lawyers’            innovative techniques, and an emphasis on            to recall Lincoln had some kind of problem
blogs count as advertisements, which require          core values.                                         with slavery, so I assume he would have been
a $50 fee per ad and a $50 fee for every change                                                            sympathetic to my plight. He was a lawyer.
                                                      In our previous installment of Inside Legal
to the advertisement. Cowgill’s blog was                                                                   He was also the only President to receive a
essentially shut down by the ruling. He has now
                                                      Blogs and Chat Boards, or The Fiendish Curse         patent, which you can see at Patently-O: The
triumphantly returned with a new name for his
                                                      of Count Blogula, as I am now exclusively            Patent Law Blog. f/k/a…, the poetry law blog,
                                                      referring to it, we linked to a report from
site, Ben Cowgill on Legal Ethics.                                                                         posted excerpts from a Lincoln biography that
                                                      LexBlog about the blogosphere’s staggering           discussed what kind of lawyer he was and
The Silicon Valley Media Blog wrote up an             growth as of late. Though the number of blogs
                                                                                                           what kinds of cases he handled. Apparently, he
excellent summary of the RIAA’s recent                has sharply increased, blog readership has
                                                                                                           represented a lot of railroad companies, which
government filing, which states that copying          leveled off, according to a Gallup poll. Dave
                                                                                                           would make him kind of a corporate attorney.
a CD you purchased onto your computer                 Hoffman at Concurring Opinions shows that
                                                                                                           f/k/a… also posted a Lincoln quote with direct
constitutes copyright infringement. This flies        although general readership has stagnated,
                                                                                                           relevance to law bloggers.
in the face of the RIAA’s previous statements,        readership on the superblogs, including the
including the oral arguments it presented             Volokh Conspiracy, continues to grow. Hoffman        Why are there so many mattress sales on
before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. So             speculates this may lead to a blogopoly,             Presidents’ Day? What does affordable bedding
here’s a word to the wise, throw your iPod in         whereby the major blogs will come to control a       have to do with the U.S. Presidents? Similarly,
the trash compactor before RIAA goons drag            vast network of blogs.                               why do we get the day off for Labor Day?
you off to Guantanamo Bay.                                                                                 Shouldn’t we have to work extra hard?
                                                      Though blog readership may have reached
Are law firm associates factory workers? Ron          a plateau, study after study reveals that an
                                                                                                           Jeff is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.
Baker, guest blogger at the [non]billable hour,       increasing number of people are spending
                                                                                                           Currently, he is the moderator of the
laid out a convincing set of points on how law        more time online and receiving their news
                                                                                                           message boards at Judged.com, the largest
firms foster a factory worker mentality. By           from online resources. Steve Rubell of the
                                                                                                           insider source of law firm information.
contrast, ‘knowledge workers’ are granted             media and technology blog Micro Persuasion
autonomy, trusted to exercise their judgment,         postulates that in the future, RSS feeds will


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