Blawg Review

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

Stirred, Not Shaken

Dan Hull, at his thoughtful law blog, What About Clients?, remarks, "Blawg Review #50 Is Out, Out There and It Should Wake Us All Up."
The Dark Goddess reminded me that blawging can be more than the same self-congratulatory conversation (i.e., "wankfest", if you're English) between the same people from the same country in the same profession on the same subjects. It made me want more--from her, other bloggers, myself.
Blawg Review is not your typical blog carnival linkfest. Unlike most other blog carnivals, which rely only on submissions, Blawg Review collects the best of the law blogs each week from various sources, including the recommendations of readers of law blogs.

A peer-reviewed blog carnival, the host of each Blawg Review decides which of the submissions and recommended posts are suitable for inclusion in the presentation. The host is encouraged to source another dozen or so interesting posts to fit with any special theme of that issue of Blawg Review.

The host's personal selections usually include several that reflect the character and subject interests of the host blawg, recognizing that the regular readership of the blog should find some of the usual content, and new readers of the blog via Blawg Review ought to get some sense of the unique perspective and subject specialties of the host.

In recent weeks, our hosts have been "rethinking" the whole blog carnival genre, starting with the Patent Posse at Rethink(IP), who have hosted the business bloggers' Carnival of the Capitalists, as well as a couple of issues of Blawg Review. So, they're entitled to their opinion, expressed in Blawg Review #48:
In a nutshell - we're sick of carnivals.

Not all carnivals, mind you - just the long drawn out boring ones that really don't offer anything of value. We think that several popular carnivals, including Blawg Review, have become bloated, link-whore-optimized versions of the original vision for what a carnival should be - an edited review of relevant blog posts presented in a manner that contributes to thought-provoking conversation.
This week's Blawg Review #50, presented by The Dark Goddess of Replevin, is certainly provocative; at Unused and Probably Unusable, Eh Nonymous takes the bait.
Check out the brand new Blawg Review #50, which poses the challenge "there aren't that many blawggers showing much interest in pitting the establishment clause against the free exercise clause."

Now, that's a fine statement for a rebuttal. I'll volunteer, if'n ain't nobody else gonna do it.

As tDGoR notes, most folks are in it for the one, or t'other. Either you're a natheist (sic) or a dominionist (wanting to extend God's law, in your preferred form, to rule over all of man's law); a Freedom For All To Worship As Conscience Dictates Wackadoodle, or a Tear Down This Wall of Separation Which H'ain't in the Constitutiom (sic) NoHow Christian Fundamentalist, probably in favor of criminalizing abortion and contraception and miscarriages. Well, surely there's some middle ground between good common sense on the one hand, and insanity on the other. And that's where we'll stand! Er. Um. Right, onwards...
Blawg Review is approaching the end of its first year, with a roster of excellent hosts lined up for the next, so it's appropriate that our regular participants reflect on where we've been, and rethink our expectations for the future of this carnival of law bloggers.

It's certainly going to be interesting at Blawg Review over the next couple of weeks, when we'll be entertained and inspired by the imaginative George Wallace, a fool in the forest, and David Giacalone, a voice in the wilderness, two of the blogosphere's most creative spirits.

The Adventures of Data Dog

Data Dog, the mascot of ALM Research, searches and fetches all sorts of business and comeptitive intelligence about law firms from the database of ALM surveys.

And this legal beagle goes on many adventures with his master Chuck Lowry, meeting many friends along the way. Data Dog's pet photo album takes you along on these adventures, where he encounters the alpha dogs of the legal business.

Charles J. Lowry is the Director of Client Relations at ALM Research in New York City. On the ALM Research Blog, Chuck offers observations about research and competitive intelligence resources for business development and professional marketing in the legal field, with a special concentration on large law firms.

In a recent post on the ALM Research Blog, Chuck Lowry links to an excellent review of ALM Research Online by Donna Cavalini, the principal of InfoFirst LLC, a research, competitive intelligence and marketing consulting firm serving professional service firms, industry organizations, and companies.
In "Analyze This: The Evolution of Legal Products for the Legal Profession," Cavalini writes that, although there are several good competitive intelligence sources which provide law firm benchmarking data, "ALM Research is unique among these in that it is the primary source for actual law firm financial data for all of the major U.S. and international law firms … and the release of its annual lists and rankings are eagerly awaited by the legal community." She concludes that ALM Research Online is "a must-have tool for those working in or with the legal industry."
Donna Cavalini's review of ALM Research Online is published on LLRX, a free Web journal dedicated to providing legal, library, IT/IS, marketing and administrative professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools.

LLRX was founded in 1996 by Sabrina Pacifici, whose own law blog, beSpacific, picked up the award for best Legal Support Blog in last year's Blawg Review Awards 2005.

Hire a Ruthless Lawyer

Blawg Review #50, hosted by The Dark Goddess of Replevin, a corporation sole, promises to be an irreverent look at this week's submissions and recommendations to the travelling blog carnival for everyone interested in law. Affectionately called The Goddess, by friends of Ruth Edlund, this is the legal persona of one of the most creatively named law blogs ever to be incorporated.

Pushing the limits of blog persona, The Dark Goddess of Replevin applied for and was issued a corporate credit card. How many law blogs have a line of credit, and the plastic to prove it?

Ruth Edlund, a blawger since 2002, tells us that The Dark Goddess of Replevin has registered another domain name—Ruthless Lawyer—for some future use. Discuss amongst yourselves.

We Should Be Flattered

Blawg Review + Inside Opinions: Legal Blogs = Inside Legal Blogs
After millions of hours of tireless research, we are prepared to offer this new installment of our weekly blogwatch. In this edition of Inside Legal Blogs, we delve deep into the law blogosphere and reveal its greasy belly. Come with us on a magical voyage across the Internet in a hot-air balloon made of love!
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Often imitated, never duplicated; Blawg Review is a unique experience every week, thanks to creative lawyers, law professors, and law students, who bring their various perspectives to each weekly issue hosted on a different law blog every Monday based on the submissions and recommendations of the legal community.

My momma always said, "Blawg Review is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Jim Calloway Gets It

Hosting Blawg Review #49, Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog is the well-deserved winner of the 2005 TechnoLawyer@Awards for Favorite Practice Management Blog. (You know you've won some recognition when the two other finalists in the category are none other than Bruce MacEwen and Dennis Kennedy.)

Jim is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program and served as chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2005. He frequently writes and speaks on legal technology issues, Internet research, law office management and organization, and legal ethics.

One of the regular features of his popular blawg is his weekly selection of the "Website of the Week" and recently, as he prepares for the upcoming "60 Sites in 60 Minutes" for ABA TECHSHOW 2006, he's introduced one of his own new websites.
The OBA Management Assistance Program Starting a Law Practice Web Directory recently was published online. My loyal assistant, Sharon Dotson, put a lot of work into it and I did a little. We are both pleased with the result. (Well, we are pleased with version 1. Stay tuned.) The directory includes many articles of interest to the new small firm lawyer and links to many other resources, including the online resources of my fellow bar practice management advisors. We hope many will find the information here valuable. This site is posted in support of a new day-long program that the OBA is offering next month called The New Lawyer Experience. You can read all about this free program to help Oklahoma lawyers get started with their new law practices. Enjoy. And, if we missed anything really great with the directory, drop me an e-mail about it. There's always version 2.
From this directory, Dan Hull, who blogs at What About Clients?, draws special attention to Calloway's article "The Client-Centered Law Practice" that originally appeared in the Oklahoma Bar Journal in two issues, Part 1 and Part 2. "The title alone shows Jim Calloway gets it," remarks Dan Hull, who knows what he's talking about.

Obviously, Blawg Review is very fortunate to have as host, Jim Calloway, a lawyer who is a leader among leaders, not only in his State Bar, which is OK, but in the entire blawgosphere.

If you would like to submit one of your recent law blog posts for consideration by Jim Calloway, or recommend someone else's excellent post you think deserves some extra recognition on Blawg Review #49, just follow these handy submission guidelines.

Jumping the Shark

Ron Coleman, who hosted an entertaining Blawg Review #2 at Likelihood of Confusion back in the day, says this law blog carnival has "jumped the shark" with the unconventional Blawg Review #48 at Rethink(IP), which Ron thinks should be the last of Blawg Review.

Jumping the shark is not self-referential lawyer lingo to confuse clients and annoy David Giacalone.
Jumping the shark is a metaphor used by US TV critics and fans since the 1990s to denote the moment when a TV series is (in retrospect) deemed to have passed its peak. Once a show has "jumped the shark", fans sense a noticeable decline in quality or feel the show has undergone too many changes to retain its original charm.
Properly understood, the idiom can only be used retrospectively. Time will tell if Blawg Review goes downhill from here. Will we see better?

The competitive nature of law bloggers is legend. Colin Samuels, at Infamy or Praise, received the highest praise last year for extraordinary achievement as the host of Dante's Inferno Blawg Review #35. His was named Blawg Review of the Year 2005, and he knows the nine circles of Hell, so we were very interested in his commentary on this week's issue of Blawg Review in Deep-Rethinking with Jack Handey. Colin's quick wit and retort begins with a pithy quote.
"I remember how, in college, I got this part-time job as a circus clown, and how the children would laugh and laugh at me. I vowed, then and there, that I would get revenge." --Jack Handey
Meanwhile, on Bag and Baggage, Denise Howell eschews the controversy, masterfully blogging about Blawg Review #48 with generous link love for many deserving participants, including some from Blawg Review #48: the rest of the story on Blawgr, adding her own thoughtful remarks about two posts that she thinks might be interesting to her readership—without so much as mentioning that her own post from Between Lawyers was one of only three blawg posts that made the cut at Blawg Review #48 at Rethink(IP).

It's obvious why this blawg diva with self-effacing style, Denise Howell, has been asked to reprise her own Blawg Review #30 with a sequel, Howell-o-ween II. Denise is not alone among the many previous hosts of Blawg Review who have had so much fun hosting their own blog carnvial for law bloggers that they have eagerly signed on to host again in the months ahead. If you've been following Blawg Review since its beginning, almost a year ago, you'll recognize the names of previous hosts who are again on our roster of Future Hosts along with several well-known law bloggers who are looking forward to their first chance to host Blawg Review in its second year.

When we look back on Blawg Review a year from now, will Ron Coleman be able to say he saw the beginning of the end of this project with the Rethinker's Blawg Review #48? Ultimately, it's up to all of us—as hosts, or contributors, and as law blog readers who take the time to blog about the best that other law bloggers have written—to make of Blawg Review whatever we want it to be.

BR #48: The rest of the story...

originally posted by J. Matthew Buchanan on Blawgr

We did a little rethinking on the current edition of Blawg Review. We hosted #48 over at Rethink(IP) and, well, presented it in our own style.

In short:
We think that several popular carnivals, including BlawgReview, have become bloated, link-whore-optimized versions of the original vision for what a carnival should be - an edited review of relevant blog posts presented in a manner that contributes to thought-provoking conversation.
Check out Blawg Review #48 at Rethink(IP). ...and...if you're interested, here's the rest of the story:

Wake me up, before you Google

Jim Calloway on: Ladies and Gents, In this Corner, Microsoft and in this Corner, Google.

Rob Hyndman on Radio Google


Labor Prof Blog on Blogging and Psychological Warfare on the Picket Line

3L Epiphany on A list of over 600 law blogs

The Blawg Review Editor's new collaborative law blogroll at myHq blawgs.

Marketing and Law Firm Economics

Professional Marketing Blog on The Compleat Guide to Web Marketing

Adam Smith, Esq on All Marketing Generalizations Are Obvious

Adam Smith, Esq on Is Skadden's Revenue Closer to $1.5-Billion or to $7.5-Billion?

Intellectual Property

J. Craig Williams at May It Please the Court: Who You Gonna Call? Fluffernutter Fights In Federal Court Over Trademark

Patent Baristas on Three-Year Market Exclusivity Extension for a New Indication of a Drug

QuizLaw on You wouldn't like me when I'm angry
Flashback to Blawg Review Awards 2005 which were judged by She-Hulk, the super-heroine attorney.
Likelihood of Confusion on: The only unmentionable trademark?

Loosely Coupled on Balthesar's "Rich-Media Application" patent

Courts quoting Adam Sandler, Amici quoting law blogs

AutoMuse Cited to the U.S. Supreme Court

Adam Sandler, Legal Authority

Blawg Coverage of Enron Trial

Potpouri for $1000, Alex

Professor Bainbridge on FAIR to Hillsdale?

BizzBangBuzz on Squidoo Lens Becoming Popular

Jonathan B. Wilson on A Setback for Georgia Tort Reform?

Transblawg on Wright Hassall / Lustige Kanzleinamen

A Fool in the Forest on "Best. Appellate. Advocacy. Anecdote. Ever?"

Labor Professor Blog on Survey: IT Job Growth Slowing Down

Rethinking Blawg Review

Blawg Review #48 at Rethink(IP), is an online collaboration of three intellectual property attorneys.

The Patent Posse, Matt Buchanan, Steve Nipper, and Doug Sorocco originally met in the legal section of the blogosphere -- they each maintain an intellectual property blog of their own -- and quickly became friends over countless email messages and chat sessions. Then they met in person at BlawgThink! Not long after that Matt Buchanan joined Doug Sorocco's firm, of counsel. Holy Toledo! Isn't it amazing how blogging connects like minds from different places?

These guys are making names for themselves in the blogosphere, individually with their original blogs, Promote the Progress, the Invent Blog and PHOSITA, and collectively, at Rethink(IP).

Their latest invention, the Shape Blog, is a collaborative effort by at least six IP bloggers from The Trademark Blog, TTABlog, and Rethink(IP).

Oh yeah, did I mention their joint effort with Kevin Heller, as founding members of the legal community weblog called Blawgr?

All this has Stephen Nipper asking himself, "How many blogs do you need to have before someone does an intervention?"

Probably Usable After All

Who is Eh Nonymous? You probably recognize the name from his frequent comments on Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground. But you have to go back to the original blogspot version of the blawg our next Blawg Review host calls Unused and Probably Unusable to find out who's behind this username.
I'm an anonymous Philadelphia lawyer with strong ideas about law and society and culture. Also science, linguistics, history, sexuality, logic, illogic, and blogging.
This week, while trading emails with our upcoming host in preparation for Blawg Review #47, I got a chance to ask Eh Nonymous to tell us a bit more about himself than might be gleaned from his law blog.
Um, what to say.

I started reading blawgs (sorry to David G., but it's a full syllable shorter than lawblogs) as a law student, primarily How Appealing and the VC guys. I was delighted when the lawschool-law I was studying appeared in current cases, and liked seeing "behind the curtain" to the thought processes of prawfs via academic blawgs. It made studying law seem more immediate and relevant, made professors seem more human, and made theoretical discussions of law more approachable.

As a very junior associate, I often read blawgs in my leisure time, and realized I couldn't adequately express my agreement, disagreement, or further thoughts in the comment sections of other blawgs - say, Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground. I had more to say, and wanted an outlet for creativity and to respond to current events.

My blawg is not at all like practice blawgs designed to attract clients; the purpose is intellectual discussion and fun, not attracting business.
What can we expect on his blawg?

* No rants - except by accident
* Thoughtful, informative posts on diverse and weighty subjects - except by accident.
* Helpful links to interesting and/or new sites - except by accident.
* No typos or grammar errors whatsoever, except ... you know the drill.

Unused and Probably Unusable topics include (in addition linguistics, usually as it relates to law) politics, philosophy and jurisprudence, and other stuff worth reading—books, articles, posts, caselaw, whatever. His interest in linguistics was inspired by none other than Professor Mark Liberman, of Language Log fame, who taught our host at UPenn.

Unlike most Blawg Review hosts, who keep under wraps their creative themes, Eh Nonymous leaked.
The upcoming Blawg Review will use an organizing metaphor: the electromagnetic spectrum. It's pretty (the rainbow's merely the small part we can see), it represents an awesome accomplishment of science, and it nicely symbolizes the vast range of legal topics, types of blog, and types of blawgger out there.
As our host says, "Read, share, and enjoy."

Surfette Catches Her Wave

Blawg Review's favorite smurfette, Lisa Stone, says, "Surf's up!" She's leaving her Blog Network friends to spend more time on BlogHer. Signing off, Lisa left us this goodbye:
I think this legal blogging thing might catch on -- how about you?

So I've made a decision to hand over the reins of my blog, Legal Blog Watch, to two brilliant blawggers: Carolyn Elefant and Robert Ambrogi. I'm resigning to work full-time on this little project.
Lisa Stone will be sadly missed around here, not only for her continuous support of Blawg Review as part of the Blog Network, and for her excellent Blawg Review #27, but for mentoring me in difficult times, when she'd offer encouraging words in an email like this:
You may be wondering, btw, why I have never asked you who you are. It's because I am a believer that your work should speak for itself, that we as writers are only as good as our last 30 column inches or three minutes of tape or three blawg posts. Now, more than ever, it's possible for one to earn one's credibility in this brave new writing world. That'll be the salvation of journalism, citizen or otherwise. So in a way, I feel I already know the part of you I was seeking. And I vote with my feet on the value of that relationship every week, when I come back to read what you've written.
Lisa, if you're reading this, thanks for everything. And if I'm ever in the Bay area, I'll be sure to look you up. Promise.