A Moron In A Hurry

October 18, 2006

A Defense of Blawgs

Filed under: Uncategorized — nick @ 1:08 am

Findlaw’s Julie Hilden defends a lawyer’s right to blog, in light of New York’s proposal to equate blogs with ads and regulate them as such, and argues that such a rule 1) is against the First Amendment, 2) is elitist, 3) would mean that everything a lawyer writes or says is then also an ad, and 4) would make the market for lawyer services worse by depriving potential clients of info about a lawyers ability beyond their resume.

If we want the best arguments to win in court, why shouldn’t we let the best bloggers win clients, too? State bars should affirmatively encourage legal blogs, rather than chilling them by regulating them as if they were no more significant than a banner on the back of a bus.

If you feel strongly about this, Likelihood of Confusion has pointed out that comments on the proposed rulemaking in New York can be sent, by November 15, to:

Michael Colodner, Esq.
Counsel
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street
New York, New York 10004

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