Today marks the 18th anniversary of the start of the LawSites blog. My first post was on November 19, 2002.
My initial focus was on tracking websites of interest to legal professionals. Over time, I expanded to cover legal technology and legal media more broadly, eventually including legal ethics and legal innovation.
I never thought that I would still be there 18 years later – more “there” than ever before. And I could never have imagined the extent to which legal technology and legal practice would develop and change all these years later.
I would like to thank two companies and the people behind them for keeping my blog alive.
Ten years ago I almost closed this blog. The platform I was posting on disappeared. The prospect of another platform was tremendous.
Then I heard from the founders of Justia, Stacy Stern and Tim Stanley. As I told you in this 2010 post, they offered a lifeline. They would migrate my blog to WordPress, create a new design, and host it – all for free.
Justia became the home of my blog for eight years. I can't say enough about the amazing people who work there. But besides Stacy and Tim, I am forever indebted to Justia's CTO Vasu Kappettu and the indefatigable Nick Moline, Senior Software Engineer.
In 2018 I joined LexBlog as editor and editor-in-chief and moved my blog there. Although I am no longer in a formal role at LexBlog, I am honored that you continue to host and support my blog as they run so many outstanding legal blogs around the world, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to working with the great people who are the backbone of this company.
In particular, I am deeply indebted to LexBlog's founder and CEO, Kevin O’Keefe, who I would never have met without blogging. Kevin has been a true friend of mine and a supporter of this blog in many ways and for so long that I could never begin to express my appreciation.
But something remarkable about Kevin is that he's been that friend and supporter of so many bloggers. I've lost track of how many people have told me that Kevin was their inspiration for blogging, their cheerleader to keep going, and their trusted advisor on how to make their blogs a success.
While all of the individuals I've named so far provided the much-needed technical and moral assistance for me to hold onto, you, the reader, are the real fuel that keeps this all going.
You have all been extremely kind and accommodating with your support and feedback over the years. I have met many of you as virtual friends and many even as real friends.
I consider this a service. I will do my best to keep you better informed so that you can better understand the tools and options available. I hope you continue to find it useful and informative and let me know how this blog can better serve your interests.