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The Impact and Future of Legal Blogging: A Perspective Inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Oscar Speech

In his Best Director speech for Oppenheimer at the Academy Awards, Sunday, Christopher Nolan, who won for Oppenheimer, ended with a thank you to the Academy that resonated with me:

To the academy, just to say movies have been just a little more than a hundred years old, imagine it being only one hundred years into painting or theatre, we don’t know where this incredible journey is going from here, but to know  that you think I am a meaningful part of it means the world to me.

Got me to thinking of legal blogging, not that we have had an academy awards for legal blogs and legal bloggers, yet.

But put legal blogs in perspective, as Nolan did with movies with theatre and painting. Law reviews and journals, a type of legal periodical, as are legal blogs, are approximately two hundred years old. Legal blogs are twenty years old.

If put to the task we could honor those legal bloggers covering areas of the law such as FMLA and Fashion Law. In their acceptance speeches, the bloggers could say, “Just to say blogs have been just a little more than twenty years old, imagine it being two twenty years into law reviews, we don’t know where this incredible journey is going to from here.”

These legal bloggers are well aware of their significant contribution to legal periodicals. They understand that areas like FMLA and Fashion Law have never been as extensively explored and written about as they are now, thanks to their efforts. In less than twenty years, in their case.

Twenty years for legal blogs versus two hundred years for law reviews. We certainly don’t know where this incredible journey of legal blogs is going from here.