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The UCL Practitioner Gets Cited In Supreme Court Brief

The UCL Practitioner just got cited in a petition for review here.

A number of bloggers are excited about the development, and we've exchanged emails about it. Here are their thoughts:

According to Denise Howell, "The petitioners make the point that the issue is receiving widespread attention and analysis (i.e., that it's important, controversial, and potentially subject to conflicting interpretation). That's a dandy point to make in support of a petition for review. I suppose bloggers are doing this kind of favor (aggregating potentially relevant materials) for brief drafters all the time, if only they are savvy enough to recognize it." Cites to blogs, though, are not new.

The SoCalLawBlog offered up its congratulations to the UCL Practitioner and pointed out the 2003 Daily Journal article discussing the prior Ninth Circuit brief mentioning blogs and the California recall effort.

We've all read that blogs have stepped into the mainstream, and that in limited instances, they've stepped into the legal books. Now, they're showing up in appellate briefs.

What's next? Will lawyers have to check blogs before making arguments in court?

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Posted by J. Craig Williams on Monday, December 13, 2004


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