Judicial Blogging

I have been following 3L Epiphany posts for a while and I was pleasantly surprised to see that some judges are blogging.

The author has even sent the following survey – two judges have answered and granted permission to publish their answers to the following questions:

  1. When you cited a legal blog, did you consider it unusual or unprecedented at the time?
  2. How often do you read legal blogs?
  3. Which are your favorite legal blogs?
  4. Do you consider blogs to be substantial and legitimate forms of scholarship?
  5. Do you think legal blogs will begin to be cited more often by the courts?
  6. What predictions do you have about the effect of legal blogs on the profession?
  7. What other changes to the legal profession do you foresee because of the Internet and the online world in general?
  8. Do you regularly read law reviews? If so, which are your favorites?
  9. What advantages and disadvantages do legal blogs have when compared to law reviews and other traditional forms of scholarship?
  10. Do you have an opinion about whether law students, lawyers, and/or law professors should blog?
  11. Do you think it is appropriate for judges to blog? If you were to start one, what subject(s) would you write about?
  12. (Off the subject of blogging:) If you could change one thing about the legal educational system, what would it be?

See the answers by Justice Judith Lanzinger (Ohio Sp. Ct.) and by Justice Richard G. Kopf (U.S. District Judge, Nebraska). Fascinating.

[cross posted on Information Management Now]


  1. There is at least one family court judge in Missouri who does a regular podcast: http://www.familylawupdate.com/

  2. Now that I’ve had time to follow the links here, the following comment by Justice Kopf captures my imagination. Maybe it willl catch someone else’s?

    “Incidentally, you ought to convince Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis to buy your blog list. They should think about listing blogs like they list law reviews. Then convince them to develop a really good search engine for blogs.”