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Blawg Hero, Ian Best

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Ian Best has shown me the light. Not only does his blog get crazy link-love from the blawgosphere, he got academic credit for it too.

Ian first became interested in the technology while working as a research assistant for one of Moritz Law’s most prolific bloggers, Professor Douglas Berman. Professor Berman has been posting advancements in federal sentencing on his blog, Sentencing Law and Policy, since 2004.

“I saw how he was able to keep track of constant legal developments in a way that law journals couldn’t,” he recalls. “He could analyze cases that were decided the day before.” Ian also observed how Professor Berman’s blog allowed an unusual form of outreach. “Blogs can transcend the ivory tower of legal academia by providing information to the general public. Not only prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges were using his blog as a resource, but relatives of criminal defendants and crime victims were using it as well. These are people who would never pick up a law journal.”

Article: Ian Best: Blogging for Credit

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