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September 29, 2009
Legal Journalism, Then and Now: ALT's David Law Interviews Steve Brill, His Generation's Lat
David Lat, founder of Above the Law, was interviewed as part of the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels series recently. His blog now receives 8-10 million page views a month, with roughly 600,000 unique visitors a month. I never made the connection between ATL and American Lawyer until the ABA Journal asked Lat to interview Steve Brill who indeed is "in many ways, his generation's David Lat." I, for one, remember when Brill started publishing American Lawyer back in the days when National Law Journal and Legal Times were the primary outlets for legal journalism. Back then, American Lawyer was to legal journalism what Rolling Stone was to music journalism when Rolling Stone first began publication.
The Lat-Brill interview covers how much legal journalism has and has not changed in the last 30 years. "For anyone interested in the business of law, the business of publishing or the business of blogging, these videos are well worth your time," writes Robert Ambrogi in Two Rebels of Legal Journalism Have a Chat. See also Bruce Carton's Legal Blog and Journalism Leaders Discuss 'New Media & the Law' post. [JH]