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Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Abstract

The rise in blogs (short for "Web-logs") has spawned a new world of considerations for lawyers and clients. At their foundation, blogs are Web sites that serve as online diaries and sounding boards. Blogs typically consist of posts, pictures, images, links, and other entries that run the gambit of subjects from politics to sports to literature to personal materials. The exponential rise in blogging stems from improvements in technology, the increasing sophistication of Internet users, and the low cost of creating and maintaining blogs. In the last several years, blogs have mushroomed in number and have achieved a measure of legitimacy and legal protection. At the same time, blogging is also creating its own unique brand of legal issues. Of specific concern to lawyers are the ethical issues surrounding a lawyer's use of blogs, particularly as blog-based discovery becomes more and more common. This article will provide an overview of a lawyer's obligations under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the corresponding Washington Rules of Professional Conduct with respect to blog-based discovery.

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