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[W]hen it comes to discussion of timely controversies, slash-and-thrust debates, and other forms of writing that people actually go out of their way to read, there’s no doubt where talented legal academics are headed: to blogs and other shorter-form online publications.

Much of the intellectual groundwork for the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare rulings was laid at blogs like Volokh Conspiracy (for libertarians and conservatives trying to overturn the individual mandate) and Jack Balkin’s Balkinization (for liberals defending it). Elizabeth Warren became a national figure in part through her clear and hard-hitting online writing about the problems of consumer debt. Professionally edited web outlets (including The Atlantic) allow law professors to get their arguments before an intelligent audience in hours rather than weeks or months. As online law writing has taken off, readers are rewarding qualities like clarity, concision, relevance, and wit, and steering clear of pedantry and mystification.

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2 Responses to “From a post calling for the end of law reviews.”

  1. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    A different gloss:

    http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2012/07/two-cheers-for-law-reviews.html

  2. fenster moop Says:

    The Faculty Lounge piece is a weak argument and even the author seems to know it. His case suggests one cheer would be generous.

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