Blawg Review

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

Are You Disabled?

Reading this week's Blawg Review #274 at LoTempio Law Blog, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Americans With Disabilities, Act got me thinking. If I had one of the disabilities covered by this legislation, would I have had the courage to overcome adversity and become a lawyer? Could I pass the Bar Exam with one hand tied behind my back? Could I blog with one hand? Would I even try?
"The next time you're ready to call in sick because you got a paper cut on that really painful place between your thumb and pointer finger," you might want to think about these courageous people who persevered and turned their "disabilities" into superpowers.
Among our law blogging peers, Vinny LoTempio is that kind of superlawyer.

Weekly Law School Roundup

We've been following the Weekly Law School Roundup for many years, since it was started by attorney Evan Schaeffer, one of the bloggers who's been with Blawg Review from the very beginning. Evan hosted Blawg Review #1.

If, like Evan Schaeffer and me, you're a fan of the Weekly Law School Roundup, you might like Blawg Review, too. It's usually hosted by lawyers but sometimes by law professors and, yes, even students. One such student was Dave Gulbransen, who hosted Blawg Review #182 having just passed the Bar Exam. "Dave!", you might have noticed, was one of the law student bloggers linked by Evan Schaeffer in the very first Blawg Review, and Gulbransen has hosted Blawg Review five times since then -- four as a law student and, most recently, as a lawyer.

If you're one of the regulars here who reads Blawg Review every Monday, you might also enjoy the Weekly Law School Roundup on Sunday, alternating between Evan's blog Beyond the Underground and a student who's been snickering in the back row since 2007. You can find some recent roundups in the "At the Law Schools 2" category on Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground, as well as sixty or so older roundups from 2004-2005 here on his blog.

This week, the editor of Blawg Revieiw is filling in for the scheduled host of the Weekly Law School Roundup, a law student who's in the middle of studying for the Bar Exam.

While the scheduled host of the Weekly Law School Roundup #235 has been falking walking the dog instead of studying in the library, the hard-working editor of Blawg Review has been reading blog posts from the past week by law students, some current or almost current, and some recently-graduated. Here's a few we'd like to share:

Do Not Tell Me How Hard The First Year Is

So Anxious

Coping Mechanisms in Law School

This is Madness!

take a deep breath and Practice. in that Order.

Despite what you may have been told, judges and lawyers aren't all saints and angels

Transferring: would you stay or would you go?

Wednesday Morning Garden

Surviving The Bar Exam, Part XV

Fucking Bad Timing

Please stop telling me I'm going to pass the Bar.

That last post was also selected by Evan Schaeffer for the previous Weekly Law School Roundup #234, but it's a poignant post by a law student facing the fate of a Bar Exam like a death row inmate awaiting a parole hearing, so, hopefully, readers who have been there, done that, might take a few minutes to read and comment with their experience.

One more before the bar

Well, that was fun.

It's Supposed to be Fun

Blawg Review #273 is up at ninetyfiveyears, a blog about technology, media, culture and the law.

Future hosts of Blawg Review will probably need to spend more time in the library working on their presentations if we're to continue to be the best blog carnival; or at least spend more time reading law blogs.

If you don't like reading law blogs, you'll probably not have fun hosting Blawg Review.

H/T to Professor Gordon Smith at The Glom for the video from BYU, which was submitted for this week's Blawg Review.

It's Not About You

If you're ever hosting Blawg Review, it's best to keep in mind that it's not about you. No, really, it's not about you.

Charlie Green, our friend and mentor, co-author of The Trusted Advisor and moderator of the Carnival of Trust, said it best.
Improving credibility can take a long time; gaining credentials, earning degrees, publishing, getting references, learning presentations and speaking.

Lowering your self-orientation is a life’s work—it’s hugely powerful to be able to focus on others in times of stress, but easy? Not that one.
It wasn't easy for the host of Blawg Review #272.

Whenever a host of Blawg Review puts self-orientation ahead of the community of law bloggers, Professor Kingsfield is likely to make one of his impromptu appearances here to school the insubordinate host.

We really didn't want to have to ask Professor Kingsfield to lecture again and, apparently, he had other commitments today, so this is all we got.

For this video link, we'd like to thank 95years a blog about technology, media, culture and the law, which is hosting Blawg Review #273 next. We hope you'll come back and visit Blawg Review then.

In the meantime, be sure to read this month's Carnival of Trust, hosted today by Doug Cornelius, a Boston lawyer with experience in real estate, private equity, knowledge management, compliance and corporate ethics.

Happy 5th of July!

The most important thing about the 4th of July, a day when Americans celebrate freedom from oppression, is that it's a day off work, even if it falls on a Sunday as it did this year. Take Monday off, slackers!

BigLaw attorney Kevin Underhill, who blogs about legal humor, seriously, at Lowering the Bar hosts Blawg Review #271 with a theme that explains why the 5th of July is such a big day off.

On Independence Day

America the Beautiful

The Preamble of the Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
It is the Fourth of July...

Happy Canada Day!