The Volokh Conspiracy

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Eugene Volokh, founder of The Volokh Conspiracy.

The Volokh Conspiracy is a blog, founded in 2002,[1] which covers mostly (but not exclusively) United States legal and political issues,[2][3][4] generally from a libertarian or conservative perspective.[citation needed] In 2008, it was one of the most widely read legal blogs in the United States.[1] The Volokh Conspiracy then had more than one million page views each month. In 2007, Inside Higher Ed wrote that it "probably has more influence in the field – and more direct impact – than most law reviews."[1]

As of 2011, the Volokh Conspiracy was the most-visited academic blog published by law professors[5] and gets an average of approximately 25,000 unique visitors on weekdays. In January 2014, it began an affiliation with The Washington Post.

The Volokh Conspiracy has been cited by the traditional media such as the New York Times[citation needed] and was credited as having influenced a partially successful constitutional challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[6][7] The Volokh Conspiracy is one of the blogs that is in the ABA Journal's Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.[8]

In a parody of obscure, unfair, or legally unenforceable Terms and Conditions and the theory that violating these when accessing a website is a criminal offense, the blog has claimed since 2008 that it is not to be accessed by anyone with the middle name Ralph or anyone who has ever visited Alaska.[9]

In January 2014, the Volokh Conspiracy has migrated to the Washington Post as part of an attempt to reach a larger audience.[8] In June 2014, the blog will be behind a paywall.[8]

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