Thursday, February 15, 2007

Potential Dangers of Expert Blogging

In a recent blog post of his own, UCLA law Professor Stephen Bainbridge illustrates some potential dangers for academics and participants in the legal community who blog. Although written in response to the firing of a blogger by the John Edwards campaign, Professor Bainbridge points out:'re bound to say something that offends somebody. And then it'll be out there forever. Judicial nomination? Political appointment? lateral hire at a "better" law school? Expert witness deposition? Congressional hearing? Forget about it.
I've commented before about the potential for blogs to be especially dangerous for expert witnesses as providing fodder for opposing counsel. If you choose to blog, or for that matter, post anything to the Internet, I remind you of Rosalie's advice to experts in The Expert Witness Marketing Book:
All of your writing and speaking is discovereable and can be cussed and discussed with you in deposition and in court. Be careful. Be consistent. Investigate, verify, and cross-examine your facts. Proofread, proofread, and proofread again.

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