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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ethics of blogging; citing to blogs; citing to us!

Over at TVC, Eugene shares his views on why it's a good practice to check with people before responding to their blog posts and to a lesser degree, their law review articles. He and I are on the same wavelength, as I blogged a bit more than a year ago about the ethics of legal scholarship. And happily, Eugene cites that blog post a good bit in the new edition of his excellent book on Academic Legal Writing. Scroll down to see the review by my former student Bart Motes on Amazon.

Interestingly, this discussion just came up in the context of citing blog posts in law review articles and how many times a particular blog has been cited in the JLR database of Westlaw. (How come no one seems to use Lexis-Nexis for this stuff anyway?)  Anyhooo, I spent hours, ok, more like 30 seconds, crunching the numbers. Prawfs comes up about 41 times so far. Pretty good for a blog that started in April 2005. We've got almost the same number of citations TVC had in 2004 and 2005. Not that we're keeping score or anything...

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I do not follow why you or Eugene would have any interest about cites in the raw JLR data base. What I would be interested in is the number of articles and court's that have cited the blog.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
Adjunct Law Professor Blog

Posted by: Mitchell H. Rubinstein | Jan 31, 2008 11:54:00 PM

Thanks for the shout out! But, Dan, are there such things as former students and former professors?

Posted by: Bart | Feb 1, 2008 10:02:33 AM

Mitch, you're welcome to run the search differently. I quickly did an allfeds search and found one extra cite by Judge Young to a post of mine on sentencing.

Bart, I hope there is such a thing as former students, otherwise I have another reason to think we should all get a pay raise! Also bear in mind Nietzsche's admonition: “One repays a teacher badly if one remains nothing but a pupil.” Thus Spake Zarathustra 78 (Walter Kaufmann trans., 1995)

Posted by: Dan Markel | Feb 1, 2008 11:03:33 AM

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