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Law Gossip Blogs a PR Mess for Law Firms

Leigh Jones, staff reporter for the National Law Journal, reports that "many of the nation's most renowned law firms have felt the public relations wallop delivered by law gossip blogs, those online tabloids that can turn an interoffice memo into a virtual billboard of bad news for partners or associates." Read more about it in Gossip Blogs Dedevil Law Firms. [JH]

June 6, 2008 in Blogosphere | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Book: Designing for the Social Web

Designing for the Social Web
by Joshua Porter

Price: $40.00 
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: New Riders Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0321534921
ISBN-13: 978-0321534927

Description: No matter what type of web site or application you’re building, social interaction among the people who use it will be key to its success. They will talk about it, invite their friends, complain, sing its high praises, and dissect it in countless ways. With the right design strategy you can use this social interaction to get people signing up, coming back regularly, and bringing others into the fold. With tons of examples from real-world interfaces and a touch of the underlying social psychology theory, Joshua Porter shows you how to design your next great social web application.

June 5, 2008 in New Publications | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Role of Blogs in Public Debate: A Case Study of the Alito Nomination

Check out New Mediated Deliberation: Blog and Press Coverage of the Alito Nomination by Michael Xenos 13 Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 485 (2008). Here's the abstract:

This study explores the implications of political weblogs for theories of mediated public deliberation. Guided by contemporary questions surrounding the internet and the public sphere, we examine blog and newspaper coverage of the nomination and confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court of Samuel Alito with an eye toward further development of theories of mass deliberation. Specifically, we pursue questions concerning volume of coverage, ideological polarization, and interactive features in the blogosphere, using newspaper coverage as a point of reference. Data come from content analyses of newspaper stories mentioning Alito in the headline or lead paragraphs from the initial nomination announcement through final confirmation, as well as archival impressions of blog posts featuring hyperlinks to the newspaper stories. Our analysis suggests that blogs may enhance as well as complicate processes of mediated deliberation. We conclude by discussing empirical and conceptual implications of these findings for future research on the role of blogs in the contemporary public sphere.


June 4, 2008 in Blog Studies | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Practitioner Blogs

Corner of Lex and Biz
Joseph Kershenbaum 's Corner of Lex and Biz is a general law blog focused on law and operations and could be particularly useful for in-house attorneys.

New York Federal Criminal Practice
JaneAnne Murray reports on the latest decisons and cases affecting New York federal criminal practice.

Plano DWI Lawyer Blog
A legal blog that covers DWI case law, news, and events dealing with drunk driving law. Written by Plano, Texas DWI attorney Troy P. Burleson.

Sexual Abuse Claims Blog
The sexual abuse lawyers at the legal firm of Arnold Pizzo Mciggan represent individuals in cases that involve sexual abuse and molestation including clergy, doctor, priest, prison, residential school, and teacher sexual abuse.

Lawsuit Finance Blog
The litigation funding company, Lawsuit Financial Corporation, helps provide immediate cash advances for lawsuit funding to help clients get through the long litigation process with a fair settlement.

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog
A legal blog that workers' compensation case law, news and events dealing with workers' compensation law. Written by the workers' compensation lawyers at the legal firm of Brilliant & Neiman, LLC.

The Brockovich Report
The Los Angeles Consumer Advocate Erin Brockovich works on protecting the public from dangerous substances known to cause health problems, as well as protecting the environment.

Chicago Business Litigation Lawyer Blog
A legal blog that covers business litigation law, news, and events dealing with litigation law including malpractice, consumer protection, and insurance litigation. Written by Chicago business litigation attorneys DiTommaso & Lubin.

Florida Injury Lawyer Blog
A legal blog that covers Florida injury and accident law, including news, and events dealing with personal injury including malpractice, car accidents, and wrongful death. Written by the Florida Injury Lawyers at the legal firm of Hannon & Boyers.

Halifax Medical Malpractice Lawyer Blog
A legal blog that covers Halifax medical malpractice law, including news, and events dealing with personal injury and accident law including birth, drug, and brain injuries. Written by the Halifax, Nova Scotia medical malpractice lawyers at the legal firm of Arnold Pizzo and McKiggan.

June 3, 2008 in Lawyer Blogging | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Second Circuit Rules in High School Student Blog Case

On Adjunct Law Prof Blog, Mitchell Rubinstein writes "Doninger v. Niehoff, ___F.3d___ (2d Cir. May 29, 2008), is a major student First Amendment free speech case. The facts are simple and straight forward. A disagreement arose concerning the "battle of the bands" concert. A high school student posted what was described as a "vulgar and misleading" message from her home on a publicly accessible web blog where among other things, she referred to the central administration as 'douchebages.' In turn, the school disqualified her from running for Senior Class Secretary and from speaking at graduation. The administration concluded that the student's conduct 'failed to display the civility and good citizenship expected of class officers.'"  Click over to Adjunct Law Prof Blog for Rubinstein's analysis of the ruling. [JH]

June 2, 2008 in Blog Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack