Monday, February 21, 2005

The Blogosphere and Law Review Case Comments

Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy takes a look at whether blog commentary, especially by law professors, will lead to the extinction of case comments written by law students. An excerpt:
For example, if Eugene blogs about a First Amendment decision the day it comes out, offering his assessment of the case and pointing out its strengths and weaknesses, will anyone care if a year later the Brown Journal of Law and Identity publishes a case comment by a 2L editor explaining that he liked or didn't like the decision? In a pre-blawg world, such a case comment might be the very first piece of analysis on the case; it could be important because there is nothing else on the opinion. The role of first responder is now played by the blogosphere.
The comments section is also very interesting. The post can be found here.