Legal Internet historian/law blog pioneer/lawyer/consultant/former Legal Blog Watch writer Bob Ambrogi posted an interesting question on his LawSites blog last week: Which law firm of more than 25 lawyers was the first to launch a website and when? On Tuesday, Ambrogi revealed the answer: Venable, Baetjer, Howard & Civiletti (now known simply as Venable LLP), in March 1994. In support of his answer, Ambrogi offers three pieces of evidence: 1. An article he wrote on his trailblazing "legal.online" column back in August 1995 that identified Venable as the first law firm to establish a Web page; 2. Venable's registration of the Venable.com domain name on March 5, 1994 and logs showing Web traffic to that site as far back as June 12, 1994; and 3. An April 1994 article in The Baltimore Sun (miraculously still available online 18 years later) discussing Venable's new "electronic shingle" on the "far-flung network of computer networks" that went live in mid-March 1994. The article cites a Venable lawyer who said that Venable was the "first law firm with direct access to the Internet and the first to publish there under its own name." Ambrogi notes: As context, consider that the concept of the Web...

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