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The Biggest Blog News Last Week Concerned Ousted Blogger Ben Domenech. Domenechs Reign As A Controversial Conservative Political Blogger For The Washington Posts Website Lasted Only Three Glorious Days. That Was All The Time It Took For Domenech To Be Revealed By Competitors As A Plagiarist.

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                             Inside Legal Blogs
                             [By Jeff]
                             It is time once again to delve into the world of law blogs and analyze the week’s events. After seven sweaty days of poring
                             over blog after blog, rising early at the crack of noon each day to carefully assess the happenings on the myriad law blogs
                             and staying up late to break down the complex legal issues addressed on the law blogosphere, I am proud to unveil this
                             week’s law blog roundup.




The biggest blog news last week concerned            won’t allow it for male employees either. She         speaking too freely on a blog can result in an
ousted blogger Ben Domenech. Domenech’s              sees the situation at big law firms as “gender        employee’s dismissal, official blogging policies
reign as a controversial conservative political      neutral.” Rather than being an anti-feminist          are sorely needed. Blogger Paul Bourgeois of
blogger for the Washington Post’s website            statement, the post is an all-out indictment of       Startle Grams claims this problem will work
lasted only three glorious days. That was all        the big firms’ cruel and inhumane treatment           itself out shortly, as everyone will soon be too
the time it took for Domenech to be revealed         of attorneys. As a successful solo practitioner,      busy writing their own blogs to bother reading
by competitors as a plagiarist. Domenech also        Elefant doesn’t see why big law firms are the         anyone else’s. Employment attorneys aren’t
came under fire for issuing unsympathetic            pinnacle of lawyerly achievement or why more          as sure. Terminating someone’s employment
comments about Coretta Scott King on the day         attorneys tormented by their fat cat bosses           for what he/she said on a blog without a solid
of her funeral. After a flurry of accusations,       don’t strike out on their own. She argues that        policy prohibiting such behavior could land
the 24-year-old Domenech resigned from               the real role model isn’t the woman who fights        employers in legal trouble.
his Red America blog. Among the claims               her big law firm employers, but rather the
against him, Domenech had apparently made            woman who establishes a practice by her own           Last week, law bloggers were buzzing about
a habit of taking credit for other journalists’      set of rules.                                         Ropes & Gray, Boston’s largest law firm, and
materials and making up quotes. In his own                                                                 its decision to drop the Catholic Charities of
defense, Domenech said it was his editors who        While discussing law firms, it is significant to      Boston from its roster of clients. According
inserted other writers’ works into his articles.     note that the blogosphere has begun to affect         to a March 5 Boston Globe article, the firm’s
He did, however, say that the widow of Martin        the way law firms do business. An article from        decision was spurred by protests from Harvard
Luther King was a communist and that the             the law blog The Stopped Clock highlights             law students who objected to the charity’s
President should not have attended Coretta           how a law firm’s blog can raise awareness of          policy of preventing gay parents from adopting
Scott King’s funeral. Nice guy, right? To his        the practice and bring in new clients. Blogs          children. Conservative bloggers, like The Right
credit, Domenech remained strident even              are updated frequently, which can boost a             Coast were up in arms, claiming that Ropes
after being exposed. He thanked his enemies          site’s presence on search engines. They also          & Gray had turned soft, kowtowing to effete
for spending a week bashing him instead of           link heavily to and from other sites, which           liberal students. The Volokh Conspiracy’s Jim
America. The truth is that Domenech is a hero        increases Web traffic. The Stopped Clock also         Lindgren suggested that idealistic law students
of mine. I someday hope to become embroiled          points to blog RSS feeds as a great way to            should retaliate by establishing clinics to
in a scandal and grab headlines for making           reach out to clients. The post also warns that if     represent unpopular clients exclusively. Can I
apoplectic quasi-racist statements. There’s          the blog is not directly connected to the firm’s      recommend Ben Domenech?
still time for me.                                   main website, the effectiveness of the blog in
                                                     increasing the firm’s profile is diluted.             Next week, we will return with further tidings
In response to a March 9 New York Times                                                                   from the law blog universe. Until then, remain
article titled “Why Do So Few Women Reach            On a related note, The Blogger’s Blog                 vigilant, dear LawCrosser.
the Top of Big Law Firms”, Carolyn Elefant of        featured a news item about an Employment
the blog My Shingle posted an insightful post,       Law Alliance survey that found an average of          Jeff is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.
asking why we should care. Elefant posits that       5% of working Americans are blogging. By              Currently, he is the moderator of the
while big law firms don’t let female employees       contrast, only 5% of employers have any kind         message boards at Judged.com, the largest
easily balance a home life and a career, they        of corporate blogging policy. In an era when          insider source of law firm information.




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