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                            [By Jeff]
                            Coming to you from deep inside a volcano 400 miles beneath the ocean floor, this week’s Inside Legal Blogs will shock and
                            astound you…or at least irritate and perturb you. We’ve dredged through all the week’s blogworthy news, and now we’re
                            distilling it into a pleasant and digestible format. Join us as we ponder the mysteries of the universe and analyze the goings-
                            on this week in the law blogosphere.

From the Supreme Court files come a few             One law regulating how people interact                Kansas Family and Divorce Lawyer Blog.
new fascinating tidbits. Last week, in a post       through technology has already been passed.           LexBlog’s official stance seems to be that the
about Cuno v. DaimlerChrysler, Inc., TaxProf        A ban on annoying behavior online has been            whole thing has been blown out of proportion.
Blog mentioned an interesting bit of trivia         enacted as an amendment to a criminal                 In fact, the ghost-written material is correctly
about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.         telecommunications statute. Eugene Volokh             attributed to Nolo on the Kansas Family and
By his own admission, Scalia does not read          of the Volokh Conspiracy analyzed this new            Divorce Lawyer blog.
footnotes. Another significant development         statute and its implications, and he found some
regarding the Supreme Court involves Ruth           troubling ramifications. The law prohibits not        Cowgill is also upset over LexBlog’s practice
Bader Ginsburg. The conservative blog               just anonymous libel and threats, but also            of cross-linking on its blogs. He argues that
Powerline is calling for Ginsburg’s removal         constitutionally protected speech intended to         regulatory agencies could view the links on a
over her frequent references to foreign laws in     annoy. This could bring serious consequences          blog as an official means of referring clients
judicial decisions. This practice has freaked out   for Ann Coulter. I’m not sure she could hack it       rather than a standard shout-out to friendly
conservatives and isolationists in the past, but    in prison.                                            bloggers. Evan Schaeffer’s Legal Underground
now Paul Mirengoff of Powerline has asserted                                                              sees no ethical dilemma in such blogrolls.
that this alone is grounds for Ginsburg’s           It seems that the blogosphere is blowing up a         Schaeffer responded to Cowgill’s ethical
impeachment. Someone on the Judged                  storm over the controversial mega-network             concerns about LexBlog’s cross-linking with a
message boards pointed out that citing foreign      for law blogs, LexBlog. Battle lines are being        bit of scorn. He claims Cowgill’s view is narrow
law is hardly a new or alarming trend. It’s been    drawn. An article from Ben Cowgill’s legal            and a “metaphorical adaptation of an old
standard practice since the 8th century for the    ethics blog brought the matter of prefabricated       word to a new technology.” In my opinion, this
Supreme Court. Jim Lindgreen at the Volokh          blogs into the spotlight. Prefabricated, or           LexBlog battle is something like Mom and Pop
Conspiracy posted an excellent summary of the       ghostwritten, blogs first became an issue a           operations trying to take on Wal-Mart. For the
High Court’s history of examining foreign law.      few years ago when LexBlog initially launched.        purposes of this analogy, LexBlog is Wal-Mart,
                                                    Cowgill alleges that LexBlog is authoring blogs       only without the toothless yokels in the parking
In lawyerly ethics news, Rick Georges of the        for attorneys and law firms too lazy to write         lot at midnight.
blog Futurelawyer pointed out a news item           their own. When LexBlog appeared on the
from last week involving unscrupulous use of        scene in 2004 with claims that it would write         Next week, we will dive face-first into a
technology by attorneys in Detroit. A team of       and edit blog content for subscribers, many           steaming pile of more blog news. Until then,
litigators used a laptop computer to broadcast      bloggers went nuts and decried prefabricated          we will continue to scour the Internet for
an arbitration hearing to their paid consultants,   blogs. After drawing the ire of many, LexBlog         sizzling law blog info to present to you fine
despite a court ban on such practices. The          apparently dropped the prefabricated blog             LawCrossing readers. Other law blog roundups
offending attorneys have been slapped with a        idea. Ben Cowgill on Legal Ethics has,                may claim to offer informative content, but
lawsuit, but Georges fears the real backlash        however, uncovered blogs from the LexBlog             accept no substitutes. If we don’t mention it in
will be against technology itself. He predicts      network that appear to have been ghostwritten         our weekly wrap-up, then it didn’t happen.
one possible outcome of this incident could         as part of LexBlog’s services.
be the ban of laptops in the courtroom. On                                                                Jeff is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.’s Inside Opinions Legal Blog, they          Compare the Divorce Mediation FAQ from                Currently, he is the moderator of the
wonder why the attorneys didn’t just bring the      Nolo, a leading provider of do-it-yourself legal      message boards at, the largest
paid expert with them and forgo the secret          solutions for consumers and small businesses,         insider source of law firm information.
transmission. I guess everybody wants to play       with the Divorce Mediation FAQ from the
spy sometimes.


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