Way back in January 2006, The Wall Street Journal rolled out its very first blog, called simply the "Law Blog." At the time, I was writing a blog called Securities Litigation Watch and enviously observed that within just three days of its launch, the Law Blog had managed to leverage its resources to get a mini-scoop in its coverage of an interesting insider trading case. I wrote at the time that the then-novel idea of a media giant like the WSJ getting into blogging was "exciting stuff and presents a model that should be eye-opening to people in both the mainstream media as well as the blog world." From 2006 to 2009, the Law Blog was written by Peter Lattman, a former lawyer who had been a reporter with Forbes magazine, and was edited by the WSJ's Ashby Jones (pictured left). In an interview with Bitter Lawyer last year, Jones said that in the Law Blog's early years, the WSJ did not have a law bureau, so the Law Blog served as the newspaper's primary source of legal coverage. The Law Blog's success and popularity ultimately led the WSJ to create a stand-alone law bureau, not to mention many other...

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