Mar 152009

My earlier-professed interest in English law is under fire from the rather horrific state of English law. Every day it seems I read about some new ghastly encroachment of civil liberties in the UK that even Orwell himself couldn’t dream up on his most cynical day.

Fortunately there is “Geeklawyer,” a UK technology and civil liberties lawyer, to fight the good fight, however drunkenly and/or pseudonymously. This week he is the host of Blawg Review #203, a Bacchanalian tribute to the latest in law blawgs. Including mine, despite my recent lack of prolificacy. He was kind enough to include a vaguely recent post, the one on contract lawyering, whose relevance increases with each passing week as more and more Big Law firms lay off even more of their lawyers. The legal business model is very broken, and I’m increasingly convinced that contingent arrangements are the key to the future.

But more on this and other topics later. Although hopefully not too much later, as I’d like to be able to make the next Blawg Review…

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Mar 132009

I’ve only had HBO once in my life, and it was about 15 years ago, so I did not see the Sopranos when it was first broadcast. But flipping channels recently I started catching bits of it on A&E. I didn’t want to ruin it by starting to watch it in the middle, so it was off to my local independent video store (sadly closing this summer!) to rent the DVDs. It took a few weeks, but I worked my way through the entire series, from pilot to finale.

It really spoke to me. Not because of the mob thing, or even necessarily because it’s a highly-regarded show, with great acting, a novel storyline, and intriguing characters. For me, it was all about New Jersey.

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Mar 122009

About that new year’s resolution to blog more… Let’s just pretend that February didn’t happen, ok?

Because it’s obviously time to get back on the blogging wagon, seeing how Eric Goldman’s terrific blogging round table is convening again next week. I plan to attend, as usual, and ideally with the credibility of being an actual blogger. Thus it would probably help if I were actually blogging…

Interestingly, the theme for this round table is blogger burnout. Why are some people who blogged prolifically a few years ago now suddenly silent?

My silence, however, has nothing to do with burnout. I’m as committed to blogging as ever. Rather, my silence mostly has been due to life taking some interesting turns lately, and wanting to focus on seeing where they might take me. Still, I know that where I want to go blogging will help me get to, so I hope to return to more prolific posting here shortly.

In the meantime, if you’re a Bay Area Blawger, please drop by the event next week at Santa Clara University. Further details can be found at Eric’s site.

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