The Northwestern University Law Review has an innovative new project, a blog run by a law review. Here is the description:
The Northwestern Colloquy will be the first scholarly weblog to be operated by a major law review. It will feature legal commentary written in the form of blog posts. This new format will allow scholars to publish their thoughts within days of an emerging legal development. The subject matter can be anything within the field of legal inquiry, whether a short exposition of a new idea, an analysis of an emerging legal topic, an ongoing debate regarding a legal issue, or a short response to an already published piece of scholarship. Readers can rely upon the Law Review to ensure that citations in these pieces support the assertions made in the posts. We will also be allowing comments on these pieces in a moderated forum. We hope that this new feature will serve as both an attractive new way in which to publish ideas and as a meeting place for far-flung scholars to interact and refine their work.
A couple of questions: Is checking citations a useful service for blog posts? Can a blog thrive when its subject matter is as unpredictable as a general law review, e.g., bankruptcy one day, copyright the next? We'll find out. It launches on November 1st. There is more information here.
(Hat tip to Larry Solum.)