Revamped Government Law Review Blog Attracts Record Traffic

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Date: 07/21/2011

Billed as the first student-written and edited law blog in the country, a recent post on the Fireplace blog attracted the attention of several prominent political and legal blogs, leading to more than 1,000 hits over a few days.

The commentary by Larry Levy, former chief counsel for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, addressed a Supreme Court campaign finance decision.

“We are now in our fourth year, and have achieved a steady readership that counts on us for thoughtful, insightful, law-related entries,” said Kevin Rautenstrauch, the blog’s editor. “Occasionally we get a prominent guest writer whose contribution triggers a spike in readership that often leads to an increase in regular readers.”

The Albany Government Law Review (AGLR) launched the Fireplace in fall 2008 to feature posts written by AGLR members and the broader legal community that resemble shorter versions of law review comments with citations and the opportunity for readers to interact via comments.

The Fireplace is written to inform the lay reader, as well as local and state policymakers, on the possibilities within the law to improve government administration on all levels.