Mass Law Blog

Judges Who Blog

by | May 27, 2008

Very few judges blog, but Massachusetts Federal District District Court Judge Nancy Gertner is one of the first, if not the very first. An article in the May 27, 2008 Boston Globe discusses her blogging for Slate, one of the best online magazines.

If you’re interested in reading Judge Gertner’s blogs, go to “Convictions: Slate’s Blog on Legal Issues” and use the “Search This Blog” field in the upper right corner of the screen to search for “Gertner”.

Judge Gertner’s first blog entry, on March 17, 2008, opens as follows:

I am an unlikely blogger. I am a United States District Court judge for the District of Massachusetts. . . . Although judges are more limited than other public actors in what they can say about a host of things, like cases pending before me or even cases pending before other judges, we are permitted to speak about the administration of justice and other general legal matters. To me, the issue goes beyond what we are “permitted” to comment about and what we are not “permitted” to comment about. I think judges have a responsibility to participate in the public debate and that’s what I hope to do here — all consistent with, indeed enhancing, my “day” job.

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