A listserv, sometimes also referred to as
an "e-mail list," is the ultimate in online information, delivered
to your virtual mailbox. Postings to a list are sent just like
e-mail, except they go to every subscriber to the mail list
instead of just one recipient, all of whom are put right in
the middle of the ongoing discussion.
to a given list get to know one another, moving in some small
way toward the "virtual communities" were always reading
about. Ross L. Kodner, The Internet is Not Just the Web:
Legal Technology Listservs Visited, Law Practice Management 44-49
Finding a Law-Related Listserv
One of the best places to look for a law-related listserv is
Lyonette Louis-Jacques Web-based compendium of
law-related listservs. This University of Chicago site contains
something for everyone practitioners, law professors,
law students, law librarians as well as subject-specific
lists for every interest environmental law, taxation,
UCC, family law, etc. The list includes instructions about how
to subscribe for each list. Other sources of law related listservs
include LexNotes, ABA
Discussion Groups, FindLaw's
LegalMinds and Washburn's
WARNING: Some listservs generate a staggering volume of mail.
Be selective about subscribing. You can quickly be inundated
with mail. Use the filtering feature of your e-mail program to
sort your e-mail by source so your personal e-mail does not get
lost in the crush.
You may want to "lurk" (read without posting) for a while until
you have ascertained the tone of the list before you start posting
your comments and questions to the list.
For More Information
You may want to read the Ross Kodner article cited above. Although
it focuses on legal technology listservs, the information provided
is applicable to other law-related listservs as well.