Blawg Review

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

Blog Carnivals Coming & Going

Blawg Review is the blog carnival for everyone interested in law. A blog carnival is a traveling post about a topic or theme. For example, there's Carnival of the Capitalists, concerning business and economics, while Grand Rounds is about medicine and healthcare, and Blawg Review has topics discussed by lawyers, law students and law professors.

Also of interest to the legal community, especially in the United States, is "We the People: the Blog Carvnival of the Constitution" that has just been announced by Matt Barr at Socratic Rhythm Method. How timely that "We the People" is being announced today -- on Constitution Day -- with a Constitution Quiz for fun.

Blawg Review #75 will be hosted next at Concurring Opinions, which was recognized as the "best new blawg" by the Goddess of Justice and Law in the Blawg Review Awards 2005. Since then, Professor Daniel Solove and his distinguished colleagues, co-bloggers and guest-blogging professors have firmly established Concurring Opinions as one of the very best law blogs, bar none.

Blawg Review continues to grow in popularity, as more and more law blog readers discover the benefits of contributing to, and hosting, a blog carnival. Some wonder how long this blog carnival craze can go on! At 75 issues and counting, Blawg Review is still an upstart, if not the startup that is this new Carnival of the Constitution.

At first carnival, the blog carnival concept conceived by BigWig at Siflay Hraka four years ago just passed an unprecendented milestone this week with its 208th edition of Carnvial of the Vanities. With that achievement, the next issue will be its last, marking the end of Carnival of the Vanities. It's not surprising, perhaps, that the initial concept of the blog carnvial, based on submissions motivated by vanity, might point the way for "special interest" blog carnivals focussed on readers and hosts.

An interesting footnote, for followers of Blawg Review, is contained in the very first trackback to Carnival of the Vanities #1 where the Curmudgeonly Clerk noted that a student at Lewis & Clark Law School, blogging at Mellow-Drama, was planning to establish a legal version of Carnival of the Vanities to be called "Raising the Bar." A couple of years later, Kevin Heller got this party started with a blawg carnival he called "Belly Up to the Bar" and the rest, they say, is history.