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Its name is a joking reference to Hillary Clinton's claim in 1998 of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" she believed was persecuting her and husband President Bill Clinton. In 2007, Andy Guess of the Inside Higher Ed wrote that it was "one of the most widely read legal blogs in the United States" and that it "probably has more influence in the field - and more direct impact - than most law reviews."
In January 2014, The Volokh Conspiracy migrated to The Washington Post, with Volokh retaining full editorial control over its content. After June 2014 the blog was behind a paywall. In 2017, the blog moved to Reason, with Volokh citing as his reasons free access and editorial freedom to include unredacted expletives in quoted material.
^Sasha Volokh (July 20, 2016). "I'm finally attacked by name on the floor of the Senate". The Volokh Conspiracy. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016. [S]he pauses for a second or two in her notes, carefully considering how to pronounce my last name before settling on ['vo?l?k] (rhymes with 'bow lock') - I don't object to that pronunciation, even though we use ['v?:l?k] (rhymes with 'frolic') and the Russian pronunciation is ['vol?x]