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Resumption of 3L Epiphany

The Ohio Bar is over, and I suppose the less said about it the better. It was truly a grueling experience, and it's difficult to predict the results. I actually feel more confident about the essays than the Multistate. Anyway, it's over now, and I will find out my results...in late October.

So back to blogging. There's a tremendous amount of "catch up" to do, and my time is limited. I am in the middle of both job-seeking and moving to a new home (within Columbus). But I do plan to get back into the habit of daily blogging, and there is plenty of ground to cover:

  • I have almost 100 legal blogs to add to my Taxonomy of Legal Blogs. My Open Invitation lists 35 legal blogs in the post itself, and has received 39 comments naming new blogs. I have also received several personal emails informing me of more.
  • I have become aware of four new cases which cite legal blogs, and so this collection of cases will need to be updated.
  • The new Nexus Journal (Vol. 11) is entirely about law and the blogosphere. The articles are available here.
  • The August edition of Chicago Lawyer has an article entitled "Law Related Blogging Starting to See a Coming of Age." It is well worth reading, and is available via Northwestern University Law School here. The article mentions yours truly and several other legal bloggers.
  • Based on the above article, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog had this to say:
    • [O]ur favorite example in the article involves one Ian Best. The recent law grad was able to get academic credit for his work on 3L Epiphany, a blog about, what else, the legal blogosphere. It seems to us that Mr. Best may offer a valuable lesson for any big-law associates struggling to meet their billable-hour requirements. Since work can be slow, firms often allow associates to “bill” non-revenue producing hours with such softer items as recruiting, professional development, and community work. Why not legal blogging? It strikes us that a well-crafted blog might have a decent chance of landing the occasional new client.

I expect that more law firms will eventually consider blogging to be an appropriate use of an associate's time, if done in a professional manner. A sophisticated legal blog can market a firm's expertise and attract potential clients, while maintaining the high level of insularity and discretion that a law firm culture requires. 

I should add, however, in the interests of pragmatic realism, that I will NOT be blogging if it becomes a hinderance to job-seeking. I can fully comprehend the reasons why law firms or government agencies would reject any blogging by their employees. If I am asked to discontinue blogging for the sake of receiving employment, I will do so. Professionalism requires a healthy understanding of priorities.

So my blogging at 3L Epiphany has resumed, and the next few weeks will clarify whether my participation in the legal blogosphere will continue. Please stay tuned...

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