Making Blogging Count

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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3 Responses

  1. TGP says:

    The blogging of a particular professor could be viewed in relation to the impact an importance of the blogging. Does the blogging of the faculty improve the standing and visibility of a school both in the legal community and in the eyes of the public? Blogging in a vacuum without the generation of a discussion or impact on the way lawyers and laypersons evaluate the law is meaningless. A committee could look at the quality versus the quantity. That is a subjective measure but what else are committees for? This would remove the need to read everything written as the focus is on the visible impact of the writing.

  2. Miriam Cherry says:

    Outside review letters for blogging? Oh, no, my friend. Having just finished this process, with twenty three external review letters, you do not want such reviews for blogging. In my mind, that’s the joy of blogging – just putting your ideas out without a care and the worries that come along with being evaluated. My committee wanted to list blogging as a type of conference (intellectual exchange off campus) while I listed blogs under “service”.

  3. dave hoffman says:

    Miriam,

    I understand the impulse to think of blogging as a sort-of hobby, but that’s not my view. If it were, I imagine I’d be drawn to more personal & revelatory blogging (I just saw a movie! This brand of coffee tastes good!) But since I largely blog about my professional life and activities, I think it fits within the category of stuff that the school ought to think about for the purposes of tenure.