About Blogging and Legal Scholarship
posted by Daniel Solove
An article today in the National Law Journal discusses blogging and legal scholarship. Doug Berman and Paul Caron are quoted on the pro side of blogging. According to the article:
Berman said he is not suggesting that law professors blog “24/7,” but that exchanging ideas with other scholars and practitioners and keeping as current as possible on specific topics can enhance traditional scholarship.
John Eastman and Kate Litvak come out against blogging, which they don’t find intellectual enough to be considered as much more than a diversion. There’s a lot of law review bashing going on in the piece, including Ann Althouse and Berman. It seems from the article that many praising blogging attack law reviews, but Litvak manages to bash both law reviews and blogs:
“[Blogs] have nothing to do with scholarship,” said Katherine Litvak, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. . . .
“Blogging has the presumption that you write something thoughtful, important and valuable. I don’t think the medium allows that,” she said. . . .
The amount of time professors devote to blogging is not the real problem with blogs, said Litvak, of the University of Texas. She added that if faculty members want to pass the time on nonscholarly pursuits, they will find a way to do it, blogging or not. Calling the traditional law review system “fundamentally corrupt,” she said that scholars might better spend their time writing for peer-reviewed journals. . . .
While blogging is not a replacement for scholarship, I agree with Berman that it is a useful form of sharing ideas and staying current. More of my thoughts on blogging and scholarship are here. I also diverge from Litvak on law reviews, which I do consider valuable; I just wish we professors could write better.
The article also discusses the upcoming conference at Harvard in April that Paul Caron is organizing about blogs and scholarship. I will be participating along with many others. Additionally, the article mentions my law professor blogger census.
Hat tip: Bashman