Five years of Blawg Review. What started as a "blog carnival" for everyone interested in law has grown into a community that comes together every week to review recent legal news, opinions, and commentary from an increasing number of remarkable law blogs. We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who has participated in Blawg Review and helped to build this community over the past five years. Lookin' forward to the next five.
Where once we were isolated legal students, practitioners, and academics who could share our thoughts only with those in proximity, blogging and social media have turned us all into a kind of "other memory" for one another. The knowledge, experience, and insight we are able to access here, within our ever-expanding networks of colleagues and friends, colleagues-of-colleagues, friends-of-friends, is nothing short of amazing. By participating, we are able to give and receive and grow beyond ourselves while allowing others to grow as well. Thanks to our tools, these memories need not fade or become inaccessible, but we should always keep in mind that tools do not create we do.
If that sounds a bit esoteric to the "trench lawyers" among us, perhaps some might prefer to think of this as Continuing Legal Education. For this week's syllabus, questions were selected from the blawgosphere. Click on the link for each question to learn more, and join in discussions in the comments on the blogs.
- If you haven't thought about criminal law since you were required to take it in law school, what can you expect to encounter when a client calls you in the middle of the night about a criminal matter? What questions do you ask? How do you counsel your client? What should you do -- or not do?
- Are some law firms going to be blind-sided by new players, with an unprecedented combination of size and speed, who are charging onto the playing field like a storm and rewriting the rules of the game as they come?
- How can you tell whether that guy down at courthouse is a practicing attorney or just someone who wears pinstripes well?
- What happens when a military lawyer is "morally opposed" to the treatment of a detainee he's assigned to prosecute?
- Is it legal for the U.S. government to authorize the killing of a U.S. citizen overseas who is alleged to be a member of al-Qaeda?
- In the criminal law, what is really meant by "presumption of innocence" and does it vary from county to county?
- If the Berkeley crowd gathered to mark the 300th anniversary of the Statute of Anne were to sing "Happy Birthday to You" and post the video of the performance on YouTube, would they have to pay a license fee?
- One increasingly common question being asked in the aftermath of the financial crisis is, Where were the lawyers?" The popular press has also asked Where were the economists? At some point, perhaps well even see the question posed: Where were the law professors?
We're not saying it's sure to get your blog permanently recorded as part of legal history, but it might help if you host Blawg Review. Several law blogs that have hosted Blawg Review over the past five years are now permanently archived by the Library of Congress. Just sayin'.
Blawg Review of the Year 2009 at Cyberlaw Central shows the community of law bloggers helping Blawg Review host Kevin Thompson put together a photographic presentation on Towel Day. Now, doesn't that sound like fun?
Blawg Review has information about next week's host, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.Sphere: Related Content
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