Blawg Review

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

Blawgs Get Kawasakied

Yay! Blawg Review got totally Kawasakied.

Alltop won't change the world, but it's a lot more interesting for lawyers, law students and law professors, and everyone interested in law, now that has been added to Guy Kawasaki's cool new website directory with rss feeds.

Thanks, Guy, for including Blawg Review in this grouping of some of the best law blogs.

For more directories of law blogs, Blawg Review recommends:
The Blawg Directory Law Blog Directory
Blawg Search by Justia
Law on
MyHQ Blawgs
And now we've added to that list in the sidebar on every page of the Blawg Review weblog.

Welcome to the blawgosphere!

Hosting Blawg Review

This being the week of Earth Day on April 22nd, it was probably not a coincidence that we received an email from Eric Lane who has agreed to host Blawg Review on his Green Patent Blog next April 20th.

As you can see in the roster of Future Hosts on the right sidebar of the home page here, there are bloggers signed up to host Blawg Review a year in advance!

There are still a few dates available to host Blawg Review, so if there's a date that is especially important for you and your blog, please send us an email telling us about it and we'll reserve that day for you.

Workplace Prof Blog (which just passed 1,000,000 page views) hosted Blawg Review #73 on Labor Day. Coincidental? We think not.

Virtually Perfect Blawg Review

Ben Duranske hosts a virtually perfect Blawg Review #156.

Parody Haiku Is Not Haiku

Luke, of Real World Really, committed one of the cardinal sins of hosting a blog carnival this past week. What could be so bad you ask? In one word: Haiku.
~ On the Moneyed Midways - April 11, 2008
In honor of National Poetry Month, attorney Greg May at the California Blog of Appeal presents Blawg Review #155.

David Giacalone, the blawgosphere's resident lover of real good haiku, will not be pleased. I know because, over the weekend, he copied me on this email message taking umbrage with the defamation of haiku in blog carnivals.
Ed of Blawg Review pointed me to your piece decrying the use of haiku in Carnival posts. I totally agree that haiku are not appropriate tools for use in blog carnivals, but you should know that the dreck you are complaining about are not real haiku. Please do not defame the haiku genre by abusing the word and confusing pseudo- and parody-haiku for the real thing. See our posting at f/k/a, "is it or ain't it haiku?"
This is hilarious: An Ode to Blawg Review #155

Bad poetry aside, Blawg Review #155 is not all bad. Links to the best legally-minded blog posts are well worth reading and, over all, it's a rare opportunity for a break from whatever is stressing you out. Relax, and enjoy!
If you're a blog carnival host looking for an outstanding example of how to create a compelling blog carnival, look no further than this week's Carnival of Trust. Not one lick of haiku anywhere in The Best Carnival of the Week, Anywhere!
Kudos to our friends at the Carnival of Trust.

WHO Is Up & Who's Next

David Harlow is hosting Blawg Review #154 on World Health Day at HealthBlawg. The World Health Organization has announced that today's theme is protecting health from climate change.

Blawg Review #155 at California Blog of Appeal will be hosted by Greg May, who's not yet decided on a theme for his presentation, and he's got a few good ideas he's prepping for next week.

Speaking of who's next, where can we find out who's hosting the next Carnival of Trust? I can has list of cats hosting next pleeez?

Update: The Carnival of Trust by True Colors Consulting has something interesting for lawyers, selected from Eric Turkewitz, host of the marathon Blawg Review #134. Here's a snippet from this month's presentation of the Carnival of Trust:
Eric Turkewitz gives us insight into the catalysts of that first phone call to the medical malpractice attorney in Patients Call Lawyers. He cites four reasons why people take it to the next level – 1. An unexpected result and a betrayal of trust; 2. The hospital rumor mill.; 3. Money, money, money.; 4. Outrage. Eric points out doctors are urged by some to apologize for their errors…an interesting conversation in and of itself.
Next month's host of the Carnival of Trust is R. David Donoghue, host of Blawg Review #133 at the Chicago IP Litigation Law Blog.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about a thing. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 3, 1968
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recall that sermon he gave in Memphis, Tennessee, on the eve of his assassination.

Blawg Review #91 and Blawg Review #143 celebrated the life and causes of Martin Luther King, Jr. on MLK Day. We're looking for a host for another special presentation on MLK Day on January 19, 2009.

Meetup In Halifax, Canada

So, I'm standing on this hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada, wondering if I might see any law bloggers from here. I'm in Halifax for a short visit over the weekend, and would be up for meeting any Haligonian barristers and solicitors (that's what they're called here in the Colonies) who blog and would like to meet with this anonymous editor, in person. They'd have to be able to keep a secret.

Looking at the Blawg Review guestmap, I see there's at least one law blogger here in Halifax who understands privacy issues. David T.S. Fraser is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual, and he has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.

David Fraser blogs. The Canadian Privacy Law Blog covers developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, and contains information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.

If David Fraser or any other lawyers in Halifax have time to break away from their blogs for a coffee and would like to meetup sometime in the next few days, please send me an email.

[Update: Within a couple of hours of this post, David Fraser and I were meeting at Starbucks in the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront overlooking the water, right next to McInnes Cooper's offices at Purdy's Wharf. I think we've found another great host for an upcoming issue of Blawg Review.]

If you'd like to meet me somewhere, but aren't in Halifax this weekend, make sure you add your name and blog to our guestmap. Maybe we can get together when I'm in your city. I'll be looking for you!

Reactions to Blawg Review

We're always impressed by the creative ways law bloggers react to the latest issue of Blawg Review. This week, with a special April Fool's Day Appendix to the regular Monday issue, was exceptional.

The funniest reaction to George Wallace's Blawg Review #153 this week came from next week's host of Blawg Review #154, David Harlow at HealthBlawg -- with a hilarious Monty Python video from YouTube.

Next Monday is World Health Day. The World Health Organization has announced that this year's theme is climate change, so David Harlow at HealthBlawg invites your recommendations and submissions of law blog posts that may touch on this theme directly or indirectly, or on other health-related themes, in addition to the very best of this week's legal blog posts on a wide range of topics.

David Harlow is a repeat performer. Having hosted Blawg Review #88 and Blawg Review #129, we expect another great presentation on HealthBlawg next week. Be part of it.

Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is now, and in perpetuity, World Autism Awareness Day.

Last year, when this day of awareness fell on a Monday, June 18th, Blawg Review #113 was hosted by Illinois attorney Charles P. Fox at his Special Education Law Blog, with several posts on autism linked.

This year, we draw your attention to this post about autism at BioLaw: Law and the Life Sciences.

Autism Is A World

April Fool's Blawg Review

A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the forest,
A motley fool; a miserable world!
As I do live by food, I met a fool
Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun,
And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms and yet a motley fool.

As You Like It,
Act II, Scene 7

It's April Fool's Day and we have a bonus edition, an Appendix, as it were, to the latest Blawg Review #153 by attorney George M. Wallace, who blogs about things other than law at a fool in the forest.

Take it from me, this lawyer's no fool.

Footnote: What Fools These Lawyers Be, but none so foolish as these British law bloggers.