Remember the “Ms. JD” website (logo below), launched with great fanfare last academic year? (Ann previously blogged it here.) The site describes itself as a service to “women in law school and the legal profession”:
Concerned by the rates at which women opt out of the legal profession, the lack of representation of women in the highest courts and echelons of the legal community, and the role of gender in the progression of many women’s legal careers, a group of female law students from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Stanford, UCLA, UT Austin, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and Yale came together and created Ms. JD in March 2006. Serving women in law school and the legal profession, Ms. JD is an online community that provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and aspiring lawyers.
Lots of big law firms signed on as “Founding Corporate Sponsors” (Arnold & Porter, Paul Weiss, Hogan & Hartson, to name a few). Ms. JD even signed up law school greats Barbara Babcock, Harold Koh, Herma Hill Kay and Elena Kagan as “featured bloggers.”
The blog has been notable mostly for the paucity of its postings. I understand that students are busy over the summer, but are there other possible explanations for Ms. JD’s thin content? Is the blog not reaching its target audience? Are issues of women in the legal profession too sensitive to blog about? Is a blog run by a group of law students subject to the same vicissitudes that plague almost all student groups? Are student-bloggers worried that their postings will be used against them in the future? Do legal personnel folks at the corporate sponsors not have any issues to raise or even brag about?