CIS/SLATA Panel: How Blogs Impact Legal Discourse

Blogging about legal issues is a growing phenomena and a wholly new format for legal dialog and exchange. The panel will investigate and discuss how legal discourse is impacted by the advent and growth in blogging. There is an open call for questions to be presented to the panel, please email

Moderator: Jonathan Zittrain

Panel Members and Bios:

Ann Althouse: Ann Althouse is the Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and currently a Visiting Professor at Brooklyn Law School. She teaches and writes about constitutional law and federal courts. Since January 2004, she's been blogging prolifically at Althouse which receives over 20,000 page views a day.

David Friedman: David Friedman is professor of Law at Santa Clara Law School. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics (Harvard 1965), a PhD in theoretical physics (Chicago 1971), and has taught and published extensively in economics and law, two fields in neither of which he holds any degrees or has ever taken a course for credit. He has had a web page for more than ten years, currently averaging more than three thousand visitors a day, and a blog, Ideas, since early 2006. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom, was published in 1973 and is still in print. His most recent academic book, Law's Order, was published with a system of virtual footnotes, icons in the margin signalling links to further information in the webbed version of the book.

Eric Goldman: Eric Goldman is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law. He previously was a professor at Marquette University Law School; before that, he practiced Internet law for 8 years in the Silicon Valley. He teaches Cyberspace Law and Intellectual Property, and his research focuses on Internet and marketing law topics such as search engines, spam and adware. Since 2005, he has operated two blogs: the Technology & Marketing Law Blog and Goldman's Observations:

Joseph Gratz: Joe Gratz is an associate with the San Francisco litigation firm of Keker & Van Nest LLP, and has been blogging since 2003 at He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and English. He received his J.D. cum laude in 2005 from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as articles editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology and student managing editor of Constitutional Commentary. Following law school, Joe clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Joe is co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law Special Committee on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and a member of the IP Section's Amicus Committee.

Larry Solum: Lawrence B. Solum is the John E. Cribbet Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, where he teaches philosophy of law, civil procedure, and constitutional law. He has written "Blogging and the Transformation of Legal Scholarship." A graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, he has written extensively on procedure, law and technology, constitutional theory, and jurisprudence. His current research includes work on virtue jurisprudence and legal formalism. Solum edits Legal Theory Blog. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including recently articles in the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, Metaphilosophy, the Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review. He has served as Chair of the Sections on Constitutional Law, Interpretation, Jurisprudence, and Scholarship of the Association of American Law Schools.

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