It is very interesting to see how legal blogs are being cited in case opinions. I expect to see more and more blogs being cited in this way, especially as more and more
There is a very interesting discussion going on over at The Volokh Conspiracy regarding whether legal doctrines, when applied to machines or computers, should treat the machines/computers as people. “Daire and Smith are interesting cases, I think, because the outcome apparently hinges on how to apply legal doctrines designed for people in the case of automated machines.”
â€œItâ€™s all words, thatâ€™s all the law is,â€ Scott Turow, a lawyer and the author of â€œPresumed Innocentâ€ and other novels, said when asked to speculate on reasons for the proliferation of law-related blogs, sometimes called blawgs. When people think of law, he continued, â€œYou think of jails and marshals and corporate executives. But the reality is, thatâ€™s what it is – itâ€™s all words, and lawyers are verbal people, both in terms of the written stuff and the spoken stuff.â€
The New York Times reports (free registration required) on a U.S. News & World Report regarding how law school rankings are computed.
From Bruce Schneier’s blog and Boston.com:
Tax liens, mortgage papers, deeds, and other real estate-related documents are publicly available in on-line databases run by registries of deeds across the state. Itâ€™s easy to say â€œwe havenâ€™t seen any cases of fraud using our information,â€ because thereâ€™s rarely a way to tell where information comes from.
Ernie The Attorney has a very interesting and informative write-up on what all the hubbub is regarding e-discovery. If you’re not sure what e-discovery really is, and why it might be a “hot topic” these days, you should definitely read this article