Blawg Review

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

Veni, Vidi, Venti

I came, I saw, I asked for large.

Patent Baristas serves freshly brewed chat daily featuring biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law news and commentary -- and, this week, something big -- Blawg Review #161.

Stephen Albainy-Jenei has been our host twice before at Patent Baristas. In 2005, it was the dog days of summer Blawg Review #19; in 2006, the autumnal Blawg Review #77.

This year, on Memorial Day, Stephen does us proud.

Memorial Day Blawg Review

These are the faces of the fallen.

Memorial Day 2005 at Crime & Federalism
Memorial Day 2006 at Blawg Review
Memorial Day 2007 at Biker Law Blog
Memorial Day 2008 at Patent Baristas

Blawg Review Sherpa Guide

One of our Blawg Review sherpa guides, Diane Levin, posted these helpful notes on her blog at Mediation Channel, which we cross-post here with her kind permission.

Each week through the viewpoint of a different host, Blawg Review, the revolving blog carnival which presents the best in legal blogging, shows its readership a new perspective on law, the legal profession, and legal scholarship.

Consider as my proof the dazzling array of viewpoints courtesy of the last five hosts:

Blawg Review #161 promises to deliver a caffeinated jolt this coming Monday morning - it’s hosted by the Patent Baristas.

(Photo credit: Luiz Baltar.)


Professor Mirko Bagaric at Moral Dilemma has a moral dilemma; his duty to client takes precedence over his commitment to host Blawg Review. So, with regrets, he sends his apologies for not being able to host on National Sorry Day in Australia. We realy were looking forward to "an exploration of the moral issues of our time" in the next Blawg Review. As Marty Schwimmer said in his thought-provoking Blawg Review #60, "We can handle the truth."

But do not despair, law blog followers. Stephen Albainy-Jenei has something brewing for us at Patent Baristas this Memorial Day. Stephen gave up his turn to host Blawg Review a few weeks ago, so that Ben Duranske could host Blawg Review #156 at Virtually Blind that week to coincide with the launch of his new book on Virtual Law. We had promised Stephen the first chance to host, if anyone had a scheduling conflict (which lawyers occasionally do) and he was pleased to get this opportunity to treat us to another of his patented presentations. Regular readers will remember Patent Baristas for the excellent Blawg Review #19 and Blawg Review #77.

Fête de la Reine

In Canada, this is the day barristers and solicitors (Queen's Counsel and commoner alike) and all loyal subjects celebrate the Sovereign's birthday. Not so in England, where the Queen's birthday is celebrated, not on Victoria Day (the last Monday before or on May 24 in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign's birthday) but in June for the birthday of Her Royal Highness Elizabeth II. God save the Queen.

Today is, however, a very, very special day for law bloggers in the UK. Ruthie's Law hosts Blawg Review #160.

Would you like to know

a secret, just between you and me?
mesh is happening because five people with an enthusiasm for the Web and all the next-generation things happening around us decided an event like this one had to take place in Toronto. Events connecting Web ideas and leaders of the future are going on everyday around the world - Geneva has LIFT, Paris has Les Blogs, New York has BlogOn – and now Toronto has mesh so we can be part of the Web 2.0 conversation. Let’s connect, share and inspire… let’s mesh.
All this week, I'll be hangin' out in Yorkville. If we don't see each other sooner, we should at least grab a coffee at L’espresso bar Mercurio at Bloor and St. George, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the last day of mesh - Thursday, May 22. See you there!!

Don't know where I'm goin' next; where I'm gonna be.

Editor's Note: Careful readers will notice that the nineteen-year-old hippie "Bill" in the CBC archive video hidden in the links above is non other than William Gibson. Will he be attending mesh? Is he the anonymous editor of Blawg Review? Click on the links!

Ruthie Does Blawg Review

She was hot when she came to America last year, according to salacious gossip. No stranger to the bar, Ruthie hosts Blawg Review #160 at Ruthie's Law.

"In summary the blawg review is a window shop of the best selection of blawging as submitted by readers and vetted by the host," says Mistress Ruthie.

The Terrorists Have Won

"If you fail to keep the link to your Blawg Review working, the terrorists have won." ~Ed.

Professor Amos Guiora, who hosted Blawg Review #74 on September 11, 2006, is testifying before Congress today.

The hearing is titled “The Resilient Homeland: How DHS Intelligence Should Empower America to Prepare for, Prevent, and Withstand Terrorist Attacks.”

I hope they ask him what the hell happened to Blawg Review #74 hosted at Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy. The Google has a copy in its cache.

Blawg Review #74

Blawg Review #74- Capturing the legal blogosphere's thoughts regarding September 11th.

Welcome to The Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. We are honored to host the September 11th themed Blawg Review #74. We hope you enjoy your visit to our site, and we hope you will stop back soon. Please take the time to subscribe to our e-mail alerts and RSS feeds to your left.


Professor Amos N. Guiora
Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

Professor Gregory S. McNeal
Assistant Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

As the Editor pointed out here, we at the Institute are hosting three non-cyberspace events related to September 11th. Those events include:

- The planting of 3,000 flags in remembrance of the victims of the September11th attacks
- A keynote address by Richard Rawlins, Deputy Director of Ohio Homeland Security
- A roundtable faculty event discussing September 11th
...and of course, here in the Blogosphere: Blawg Review #74, the always on the move legal cyberspace event of the "Blawgosphere."

To accommodate our participation in Blawg Review #74 we've made our faculty roundtable a "cross-over" event where we've blogged selected comments from some of our faculty who later today will reflect on September 11th.

Professor Calvin Sharpe offers his thoughts regarding "The Effect of 9/11 On The Field of Conflict and Dispute Resolution" Further down the blog chain, Professor Michael Scharf offers his thoughts about "9/11 and the Transformation of International Law and Policy."Professor Jonathan H. Adler wraps up our selected "cross-over" blog posts with his commentary regarding "The Effect of 9/11 on Constitutional Law, Business Law & Regulation." [Editor's Note: too bad Case took the site down.]

This week saw the addition of the National Security Advisors to the Blawgosphere. Professor Dan Solove, who's hosting Blawg Review next at Concurring Opinions states: "Welcome to the blogsophere to National Security Advisors, a national security law blog by an all-star team of Bobby Chesney (law, Wake Forest), Steve Vladeck (law, Miami), and Tung Yin (law, Iowa)."

In a busy terrorism law related week, the National Security Advisors hopped right into things, providing a summary of the "Military Commissions Act of 2006", of particular interest to us here at The Institute for Global Security, given our exclusive relationship with the Prosecutor for the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions. At the same time Marty Lederman at Balkinization gives us the skinny on the Army's new interrogation manual, and how the administration's proposed legislation may give a pass to the CIA.

Back at National Security Advisors Professor Chesney then follows up with a great wrap-up of posts and analysis related to Terrorism Prosecution Statistics. This too is quite an interesting post for us here at The Institute for Global Security in light of our recent announcement of a $246,807 grant to promote cooperation between U.S. and foreign prosecutors in terrorism cases. Howard Bashman of How Appealing offers some additional Prosecution related news here.

Across the Blawgosphere Ann Althouse, who is not optimistic about the nation's ability to appropriately commemorate September 11th states: "We're going to mark the 9/11 anniversary in an especially shabby way this year" going on to recommend that readers "keep the TV off for the next few days and stay away from the internet." We here think it's okay for readers to flip off the TV, but we hope you'll stay through till the end of Blawg Review #74, we know that Althouse's readers are standing by… there's at least 110 comments related to her post!

Professor Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit during the last few days of August gave readers an opportunity to hear an interview with Judge Richard Posner, the piece is entitled: "The Glenn & Helen Show: Richard Posner on Terrorism and the Constitution." While Matt Barr at Socratic Rhythm provides a lengthy wrap-up of "The Intersection of Terrorism and a Free Marketplace of Ideas", discussing the Hezbollah T.V. case in detail.

Skipping across the pond, the editors at Atlantic Review give us a wrap-up of the "Terrorism and Security Policy Debates in Germany and the United States" Meanwhile, over at the discussion has turned to what is an appropriate contingency fee for attorneys involved in the 9/11 litigation. A timely and interesting post. Also timely are the comments and analysis of the folks at The Counterterrorism Blog, a mix of legal and policy commentary with recent analysis of Al Qaeda's videos, 9/11 and News Reporting, and the Treasury Department's legal efforts against Hezbollah and Iran's Financial Institutions.

Eugene Volokh at Volokh Conspiracy evaluates Jonathan Rauch's assessment of the Bush Presidency, with some commentary regarding "the lack of other major attacks since 9/11." The international law scholars at Opinio Juris also take the time to talk about terrorism policy, bemoaning the administration's reticence to embrace international law, picking up on a Slate review of Judge Posner's book, and discussing how Congress can override the Supreme Court's interpretation of international law in Hamdan.

Thanks for stopping in to meet with us on this solemn day. We hope you've enjoyed our compilation of September 11th related blogging. Please stop back soon.

Be sure to check out, Blawg Review #75 which will be hosted at Concurring Opinions. Their blog was recognized as the "best new blawg" by the Goddess of Justice and Law in last year's Blawg Review Awards.

Blawg Review has information about next week's host, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.

[Ed's Note: In retrospect, Blawg Review #74 -- Capturing the legal blogosphere's thoughts regarding September 11th -- was one of the better themes. Well done.]

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Professor James Maule, who twenty-five years ago taught his first class at Villanova. Actually, Professor Maule started teaching law a few years earlier, but who's counting?

Shortly after his Silver Teaching Anniversary, Jim hosted Blawg Review #53 on his award-winning law blog, MauledAgain.

Who says we can't get great law professors to host Blawg Review?

Whistleblower's Blawg Review

It's whistleblower week on Capitol Hill and at Blawg Review #159 hosted by the LaBovick law firm's Whistleblower Law Blog, which notes that "independent whistleblower coalitions, such as the International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW), the Make it Safe Campaign, and many other independent whistleblower coalitions, will hold a series of simultaneous but separate events in Washington, D.C.. These events are designed to lobby Congress and alert the public to the need to support whistleblower protection."

Law Practice Tips

Those who have been following this blog carnival from the beginning will remember Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog, an Oklahoma based weblog about law practice management, the Internet and technology as it applies both in law practice and in all of our lives. Jim was the host of Blawg Review #49, Oklahoma Style.

Now, this helpful blog, chock full of law practice tips, points us to:

50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily
There are literally tons of books published on increasing your productivity and improving your time management skills. There are numerous classes, blogs, (I noted 100 of them not long ago.) websites, coaches and other resources to give advice in this area. 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily is a quick treatment of much of the advice you would learn from these other resources. You can't try all of these at once or you'd overdose on productivity. But you can pick three or four that you willing to try and save the link for future reference.
Calloway, the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program, a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and former co-chair of ABA TECHSHOW, was among the first to direct us to the 2008 edition of 60 Sites in 60 Minutes, a perennial favorite of the show.

If you don't have Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog RSS in your feed reader, you should, and if you don't have Blawg Review in your obligatory blogroll, please add us now -- that includes you, too, Jim.

Trust, Mommy Bloggers

Lawyers who love blog carnivals are in for a special treat this week.

DLA Piper's David Donoghue is hosting the Carnival of Trust for May 2008 at the Chicago IP Litigation Blog, where he previously hosted Blawg Review #133.

This week's Blawg Review #158 is hosted on The Mommy Blawg, where the theme is "Midwives and the Law" this International Day of the Midwife. Who knew?

Don't forget, next Sunday is Mother's Day.