How to Feed a Lawyer (and Other Irreverent Observations from the Legal Underground)

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David Giacalone

The more you "need" to be an anonymous weblawger to protect your job or your clients, the more irresponsible it is to risk the anonymity gambit. You or someone will out you eventually, if your weblog has any significant audience. It's better by far to find another topic or approach for your weblog -- one that lets you take "credit" for your weblog work.

Eh Nonymous

David: excellent point.

If, on the other hand, anonymity is purely recreational - as, I surmise, it was for Jeremy Blachman when he wrote Anonymous Lawyer - then the risk of outing (I dislike the use of the term in this context, but it seems to be the accepted word) is not the real harm. I recall people complaining that AL was harming the profession (by confirming people's worst expectations and prejudices about unethical and awful lawyers) but also agree with the responses, that people wouldn't identify with and agree with negative portrayals unless there were reasons.

As to other anonymous bloggers - it depends why they're doing it.

My own vote will probably be to shutter my current blawg, someday, and switch to a nonymous one. Pun not intended.


I always thought the style of UTR was a knock off of the Suzy column by Aileen Mehle in W magazine.

And I don't see the problem with UTR being anonymous - who needs a source for frivolity? I just think it was spectacularly stupid for the gentleman to reveal himself. But he's only harming himself and his reputation. It's not like he was revealing privileged information about his cases. Or that anyone, other than him, is left hanging by any sudden diminution in his reputation.


I look forward to reading your thoughts on potential ethical consequences for anonymous lawyer blogs. The topic is one I've dealt with a little on my own site, and I'm interested in others' ideas.

Personally, I think anonymity and blogging are a dangerous mix. The internet already feels anonymous as it is, and we tend to let our guards down somewhat in what we write. Thinking that we're really anonymous out there could just provide even more incentive to say things we know we shouldn't say. I dabble with this on my own non-anonymous blog and website. While some may feel that I provide too much personal information on my own blog [which is about the ups and mostly-downs of the bar exam experience], I live by the rule that I wouldn't say anything on the internet that I wouldn't say to my mom, my boss, or the police. Obviously that threshold might vary a bit from person to person, but I think it's usually a pretty good standard to blog by.

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