Blawg Review

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

Previewing Blawg Review #1

Evan Schaeffer will be our host for the premier issue of Blawg Review at Notes from the (Legal) Underground on Monday, April 11th.

A regular feature of Blawg Review will be a preview of the next host, which we will be doing here every Thursday. This won't be a full review of the blawg like the ones that will be special features here from time to time, as submitted by our readers and contributing editors.

No, this advance preview is just a brief introduction to help those who are thinking of submitting one of their posts to Blawg Review get a bit of an idea what's so special about the host of our next issue.

Evan Schaeffer is a trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs in Madison County, Illinois. When he's not filing junk lawsuits, Evan publishes serious law weblogs about trial practice and personal injury law. But he's best-known in the blawgosphere for his incomparable Notes from the (Legal) Underground, which asks the question, "Why are lawyers so stuffy?" Evan doesn't take himself too seriously on this blog, where he reveals his engaging personality.

Perhaps what makes Notes from the (Legal) Underground so special, and unique among blawgs, is the community of regular commentators that hangs out in the comment threads at the bottom of Evan's posts. These are not the usual comments that follow blog posts, but are full blown conversations, debate and discussion amongst a regular cast of characters that proudly regard themselves as Evan's posse. It's more like a discussion board, sometimes, than a blog. Evan leads the discussion with a set-up post that brings to our attention an interesting point of law or current events, or a cleverly written piece of fiction, or maybe even a podcast in which he gets his kids to read definitions of complex legal terminology from Black's Law Dictionary. It's all good stuff.

So, if this is going to be your first time visiting Notes from the (Legal) Underground, come for the Blawg Review on Monday, and hang around for the fun. It's more addictive than crack—and it's legal.