‘Wall Street Journal’ Launches Law Blog

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By: Joe Strupp

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday launched an online page devoted to legal issues, as well as a law blog that the paper says will “provide timely news and analysis on events and trends important to the legal market.”

In a release, Dow Jones & Co. unveiled the new service at blogs.wsj.com/law/, which it says will include “original online-only content relevant to law firms, lawyers and the businesspeople who work with them.” It also calls the blog “a unique legal-industry” news source “that culls the most relevant news on the law and lawyers from around the Web and also provides original news, analysis and observations.”

“The Wall Street Journal Online’s Law Page will provide one place where lawyers and businesspeople can get the best news and analysis available on law, business and the business of law,” said Bill Grueskin, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online. “We are gearing the content to appeal not only to large law firms, but also to in-house lawyers and businesspeople who work with lawyers.”

Dubbed The Law Page, the offering will combine content from the Web and print editions of The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, and Mealey’s.com. The online feature will “be updated throughout the day, every business day, to help lawyers and those interested in the law stay on top of industry news and buzz,” the release added. “It will include original reporting from the Online Journal’s legal team and Journal and Dow Jones Newswire’s reporters around the world. It also will link frequently to other sites and sources from around the Web.”

The Journal has hired two new staffers for the initiative, both “with strong legal backgrounds.” They include Legal Editor Ashby Jones, 35, who has been a reporter at The Deal and American Lawyer Media. The lead writer for the blog is Peter Lattman, 35, who comes from Forbes Magazine. He also has worked as a litigator and for Goldman Sachs.

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