Let me start this post out by saying that I’m not trying to self promote, but, rather, see what the consensus is as to whether this little endeavor is worth doing. I have started a rather ambitious group law blog at LegalWikiPro.com. As its name implies, it’s meant to grow into a comprehensive “wiki” of legal information directed primarily at attorneys.
Attorneys from all over the country would be welcome to post, and their posts would be curated (tagged, categorized, etc.) to make them as searchable and accessible as possible. Posts can be summaries of new (or old) case law or statutes from any jurisdiction. Or, they could be attempts to catalog all the law in a specific area. For example, see http://legalwikipro.com/wordpress/death-ok/
Attorneys who decide to contribute to LegalWikiPro would receive a “byline,” a user page to describe their practice, and, obviously, contact information and links back to their own home website, if any. I will probably also create a “badge” [“LegalWikiPro Blogger”?] that a user can put on his/her own website.
My thought is that, over time, the postings would accumulate into a valuable resource for attorneys.It's small now, but Wikipedia had to start somewhere too. For contributing attorneys, it would be a source of referral and general web traffic. I would guess that a group blog like this might eventually get more Google traction than a small standalone website, so the contributors would end up getting somewhat more exposure than they might otherwise.
So, my question for the group is this: is this a concept that would generally be doable/usable for the legal community? Would attorneys join and contribute content to such a site, or would they prefer to stay away and tend their own individual websites? It all sounds like a lot of fun to me… but I am a legal and technology nerd. That is why I’m soliciting comments on a broader forum.