Blawg Review

It's not just a blog carnival; it's the law! ~ a fool in the forest

a blawg reviewed by Evan Schaeffer

Why is recommended:

In an article about blawgs I wrote last year for the Illinois Bar Journal, I had this to say about

A corporate law professor at UCLA, Stephen Bainbridge writes an always-entertaining blog that provides "an eclectic mix of law, business and economics, politics and current events, Catholicism and wine." Recently, Professor Bainbridge provided his readers with online commentary during the Martha Stewart trial.

The description remains accurate. Professor Bainbridge was one of the first weblogging law professors, and he's gained a wide and adoring audience. Even though I rarely agree with his politics, his weblog has something I admire: a strong point of view.

Professor Bainbridge's ability to say what he thinks conforms with my own theory of weblogging, developed from my experiences writing newspaper Op-Eds in the 1990s. As I learned then, Op-Ed editors don't want wishy-washy. They want a writer who can take a position and defend it, preferably in as few words as possible. It's a formula that works just as well on weblogs.

As applied to, the formula means short, thoughtful posts that won't leave you guessing about Professor Bainbridge's opinions.

If you're new to, try these posts:

1. In a post about the Terri Schiavo case, Professor Bainbridge says he'd "prefer a system of legislative supremacy - such as Great Britain long enjoyed - to our system of judicial supremacy."

2. In a post about politics, Professor Bainbridge explains the flaws of the Democrats.

3. In a post about "the cult of the imperial CEO," Professor Bainbridge says that the board of directors, rather than the management, should be "the principal decisionmaker within the corporation."