LEGAL WEBLOGS, AS SEEN BY THE CONFERENCE INDUSTRY . . . Next month, Law Seminars International is hosting a conference in San Francisco called "Blog Law and Blogging for Lawyers." It's being advertised as "the first comprehensive conference" on the topic ever. The LexThink folks might disagree. Here's part of the the pitch from the conference website:
Blogs (short for "Web logs") are fomenting a wide variety of legal issues. Legal blogging, also known as "blawging," has become fully mainstream. No longer just for a few hip IP lawyers or a forum for law firm gossip, blogs are quickly replacing conventional Web sites as the key marketing tool for large and small firms alike to increase their visibility via the Internet.
Does this paragraph accurately describe how some lawyers think about weblogs--that they're mostly for gathering IP-law hipness or law-firm gossip? Maybe so. If you're in San Francisco on April 21, you can learn what weblogs are really all about, including whether they're "a passing fad or here to stay." Since the conference will set you back about $1,000, you'd better hope they're here to stay. At least you'll get to hear from a couple of legal webloggers with top-notch credentials, including Denise Howell, Dennis Crouch, and Kevin O'Keefe.