First, some history. Law.com started Legal Blog Watch in 2004, originally written by Lisa Stone. In 2006, Lisa left to found BlogHer and Carolyn Elefant and I became the blog’s alternating authors. After Carolyn left in September 2009, Bruce Carton took over her spot. After I left in January 2010, Bruce handled it more or less singlehandedly until he logged out last March. Laurel Newby picked it up for a time but there has not been a post since last June.
This week, I asked Law.com editor Nathalie Gorman about the future of Legal Blog Watch. Here is what she said in an email reply:
Legal Blog Watch is something we’re really fond of. As you know, Bruce Carton did a wonderful job with it while he was managing it. We had a Law.com editor step up after Bruce left, but she became Deputy Editor of Law.com over the summer, and hasn’t had time to blog due to her expanded responsibilities. Since then, we’ve not yet found someone with the right voice to take the spot. As you know, the blog had a very specific tone and perspective, and so we don’t want just anyone to do it. We’re working hard to find that individual, and will integrate the blog as a column into the new Law.com site, as soon as possible. I’m not sure we’re ready to commit to a date, but suffice it to say it’s a priority.
So there you have it. Reports of Legal Blog Watch’s demise appear to be premature.