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Denise Howell is a seasoned appellate and intellectual property litigator based in Los Angeles. Denise writes one of the first and most popular law-related blogs, Bag and Baggage, coined the term "blawg" and helped pioneer podcasting for lawyers. Microcontent obsessed since 2001, she is frequently quoted in the media on legal issues involving intellectual property and technology law. "Sound Policy" is Denise's show at IT Conversations, and it's also what she hopes results from the briefs she submits to court. Email Denise at dhowell@gmail.com.

Dennis Kennedy is a computer lawyer and legal technology expert based in St. Louis, Missouri. An award-winning author, a frequent speaker and a widely-read blogger, he has more than 300 publications on legal, technology and Internet topics, many of which are collected in his e-books. Dennis has been described as someone who knows almost every rock song in existence and, more importantly, how they apply to technology and law. Email Dennis at his gmail address.

Tom Mighell is Senior Counsel and Litigation Technology Support Coordinator at Cowles & Thompson in Dallas. He has published the Internet Legal Research Weekly newsletter since 2000 and blogged about the Internet and legal technology at Inter Alia since August of 2002. With Tom's singing, Ernie on guitar and Dennis' encylopedic knowledge of rock music, we may have the beginnings of a good band, if this whole blog thing doesn't work out. Email Tom at tmighell@swbell.net.

Marty Schwimmer left a partnership in the largest trademark practice in the world and founded Schwimmer Mitchell, a full-service IP micro-boutique in Westchester County, New York, where he represents owners of famous and not yet famous trademarks. He founded The Trademark Blog, the first IP law blog and the one with the most pictures. He is the first to come in and the last to leave in his firm. Email Marty at marty@schwimmerlegal.com.

Ernest Svenson practices law with a mid-sized law firm in New Orleans, specializing in business-related lawsuits. Most of his practice takes place in federal court, especially the Eastern District. He is best known for his weblog Ernie the Attorney, which he started as an experiment. Like many experiments it got out of control. Nevertheless, he continues to practice law and, occasionally, to seek enlightenment. Email Ernest at esvenson@gmail.com.
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May 3, 2005

What Are The Three Biggest Benefits of Blogging?

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1. I wouldn't have gotten to know Denise, Tom, Dennis or Ernie otherwise. Same answer for 2. and 3.

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1. David on May 4, 2005 6:59 AM writes...

Does blogging bring people together or keep people apart in front of their computer? I suppose it does both but which does it do more?

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2. Dennis on May 4, 2005 1:34 PM writes...

This is one of those questions that needs a "compared to what?" attached to it.

After reading Marty's post, would it surprise you to learn that the five of us at Between Lawyers have never been in the same room together? Our record is three and no one of us has meet the other four of us in person.

One of the most fascinating issues of our time is how do we created communities where people are separated by geography. Blogging is fascinating because at the same time it is a publishing medium but also a "bringing together" medium. I don't claim to understand the dynamic but it clearly exists.

I wouldn't claim that blogging is a perfect medium or that it might not lead to the forms of isolation you suggest, but I've been amazed by what it can accomplish. I met Marty in person for the first time in January at a small blogger dinner. If you would have observed us or listened to our conversation, you would have concluded that we might well have been best friends since college. That says something about the power of the Internet to create relationships and communities.

If it's a case of the glass being half-full or half-empty, I'm way over into the half-full camp.

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