Traditional academic lore is that to make a dent in the halls of academe one must publish. This has in most cases meant publication in student-run law reviews, preferably at the highest U.S. News and World Report ranks. Once tenured, one could progress to writing more articles and a book or two. At other times, it has also meant the publication of a casebook.

The world of legal scholarship has thus seemed isolated. Judges are less inclined to look at law reviews. In response to that, scholars have increasingly taken their scholarship “on the road,” either in the form of amicus briefs in highly notable cases, or by testifying before Congress.

A final realm for scholarship has been social media. Whether utilized to float emerging thoughts among peers, or to promote completed works, social media is now mainstream among academics. A recent survey of academics with twitter accounts demonstrates increasing usage of a medium in stark contrast to that of traditional scholarship.

This panel will explore the future of legal scholarship. What are the legitimate scholarly uses of social media? What are the risks? To what degree has scholarship transformed into activism once it leaves the law review? What is (or should be) the role of law professor experts in court and in the public sphere?


Lawprofblawg, an anonymous online persona, scholar, and law professor with an impeccable record of tweeting about AALS.


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