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I want to acknowledge all of the great blogging for public officials and others happening at the School.  It all started with Jeff Welty’s North Carolina Criminal Law blog.  Jeff’s post on Tuesday was about Britt v. North Carolina, the NC Supreme Court case involving the right of a convicted felon to possess a firearm according to the NC Constitution.  This post is timely—I went from reading the News & Observer article about the decision at breakfast to reading Jeff’s analysis once I was in my office.  The comments to this post illustrate the kind of back-and-forth that can take place on a blog, including from one of the attorneys involved in the case (that’s my assumption from one of the comments).  Jeff is committed to posting something every day, and a number of his colleagues have stepped up on a regular basis to contribute good guest posts.

 There is a new blog from the School called Coates’ Canons, which is the NC Local Government Law Blog.  This blog is a group effort by a core number of colleagues in the local government law area—each of them has committed to writing a regular post so that there is something new every day.  I was talking last week with Leslie Moxley, the Macon County Attorney and former President of the County Attorney’s Association.  We were talking about something completely unrelated to the blog, when all of a sudden she said “The new blog is great.”  Leslie is a critical and thoughtful user of our services, and a compliment from her is not given lightly.  According to Leslie, the blog “is one of the best things we have done in a long time.”  She believes that it is better than Popular Government, which I honestly didn’t prompt, because it makes relevant information immediately available, and it is “scholarly but approachable.”

 If you haven’t looked at these blogs, I encourage you to check them out.  They represent a real advance in how we share information with public officials and others.  The topics addressed by each post are tagged and searchable—which means that we are creating an impressive database of information that will grow over time.  I am confident that interest in the blogs will continue to increase, and I am equally confident that they will reduce short-term advising requests as people come to rely on them for new and archived information.  Congratulations to all of our colleagues who are blazing this new trail.

2 thoughts on “Blogging at the SOG

  1. Mike, once again your blog has brought to light something new about our school. Thank you. But this causes me to consider if I wasn’t aware of the two mentioned blogs, in your blog, how many others are unaware? I immediately visited the SOG website and was unable to find a link to either of the new communication tools. If those who are regularly using these tools are so excited and pleased, shouldn’t we promote them? Having a portal on the home page of our website seems like a perfect location to display current information contained in these postings. We should also explore promoting them in other communications to clients (when appropriate) on books, postcards, etc.

    1. Kevin, thanks for your comment on this issue. I am continually searching for ways to make the School’s resources more accessible so I appreciate your feedback. In this case, links to both of these blogs are located on their respective subject area pages (Criminal Law and Local Government Law), which are accessible from the Courses and Resources page, but I know that may not be readily apparent to most visitors to the site. Both blogs were previously featured on the front page of the website, however, and the blog authors have marketed these new resources to their respective client groups. Judging from the positive feedback from clients, the blogs are well-read among these groups. Once the School implements its new content management system for the website early next year, there will be space on the home page for many more links and more content, which will allow us to make resources like the blogs easier to access. For now, however, we’ve added a section to the front page that provides direct links to the blogs. Thanks again for the feedback, and Gini and I welcome other suggestions on how to make these resources more accessible.

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