Articles Tagged with Blogging

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News from Oregon Legal Research Central:

1) We now have a Tag Cloud at the blog (right side, scroll down). Let me know if it works for you or if there is another way you like to find subject-specific blog posts, which leads to the second change ….

2) We’ve also changed the Comment functionality so people can Comment without having to log in. Yay! I hadn’t realized that logging in was necessary and once I found out I went to our fab-host, Justia, to fix the problem. They did so promptly!  (And thank you also to our reader who emailed us directly when she realized the log-in/privacy problem – and the disincentive to Commenting it presented.)

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I love these kinds of blawger stories.

The hypothesis may also be supported by the experience of lawyers who post a lot of information on their websites and, contrary to popular belief that it is bad to “give it away free,” have found that it draws traffic to their websites and can attract clients.

However, woe to the attorney who blogs badly.

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You have until December 21st, 2012, to vote for your favorite ABA Blawg 100 blogs.

Even if you don’t want to vote, the list is a great way to sample the current crop of blawgs to see what works for you and your practice (and sometimes your life). And, you might get some ideas for a blog of your own, an excellent way to get it out of your system (whatever “it” may be).

(No, our little niche blawg is not on the list, but the ones you will see on the list are super and of interest across borders – hmmm, Blawgs without Boarders are the best ones to make the cut :-)

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Another blog-media lawsuit:

“Beaverton Grace Bible Church v. Smith,” from the Citizen Media Law Project, July 10, 2012, includes a copy of the complaint and other court documents.

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You can read Judge Luster’s opinion at the Kootenai County, Idaho, District Court Opinions website:

Tina Jacobson v. Doe, CV-12-3098 (7/10/12) (if direct link does not work, use the website link above)

Selected news stories:

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It has been said that most lawyers are frustrated writers, but, as has also been said, so are most writers.

Frustrated writers will know about Anne Lamont’s “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” which is a title more metaphorically-melodious than the prosaic “Blog-post by Blog-post: instructions on writing …” (which isn’t really metaphorical at all), but … whatever works for you. Blog-post by Blog-post(ing) may do the trick and here are some tips:

How to Blog a Book.

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The April 2012 Oregon State Bar (OSB) Bulletin contains a detailed summary of this interesting case about blogging, bloggers, journalism, defamation, and the law:  Obsidian Finance Group, LLC and Kevin D. Padrick v. Crystal Cox (3:2011cv00057) (D. Or. Nov. 30, 2011) (Motion for new trial denied Mar. 27, 2012) (Appeals filed March 30, 2012, and April 25, 2012)


“The Poster Child: How Oregon’s Blogging Defamation Case Attracted National Attention,” by Janine Robben.

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Last November, a federal jury in Portland found a vitriolic, Montana-based blogger liable for $2.5 million for defaming an Oregon State Bar member and his company online. On March 27, 2012, a U.S. District Court judge denied the defendant’s motion for a new trial, setting the stage for an appeal that will be followed by First Amendment lawyers, bloggers and traditional journalists around the country.