But maybe that could still happen. Now that legal news site Abovethelaw (ATL) has made it to its 10th birthday (a major accomplishment iin digital time), it could create the new learning tools for legal education. Here is its invite for you to come to its party this Wednesday
One strength of this media outlet is that it does not speak in one voice. That makes coverage authentic.
For example, lawyer-journalist Joe Patrice has constructed a platform of wit bundled with cynicism.
And lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino brings heart to the plight of those displaced as the legal sector struggles to get unstuck from the past. Before its 2007 Crash it maintained a seller's market. Now changing client attitudes, technology, and the soaring cost of bringing a case to trial have all blown up the old-line game. Even the job security of partners, such as at DLA Piper, is put in play.
Another strength is its access to sources. Tipsters at BigLaw and law schools are eager to share information and possible implications of developments with ATL journalists. Essentially, everyone wants to be in on the action.
A third strength is no paywall. There is no limit on the number of times we can click on breaking news and analysis. That's very different from much of the rest of legal media.
Meanwhile, other high-profile media sites such as Gawker and digital players such as Arianna Huffington are gone.