In a conversation between law professors, overheard on the Internet, one wondered aloud: "Who will be the first person to get tenure without writing for law reviews, but by publishing only on the web?"
Blog your way to tenure? Sounds reasonable to me. But why stop there? Here are some other dubious achievements--besides blogging--for which law professors should also be granted tenure:
- Hunting down and killing witches
- Driving a fast car like a drunken teenager
- Having a really hot wife
- Learning about pings from Professor Smith
- Writing a nice e-mail to the author of this blawg
Why is tenure so hard to obtain, anyway? Could it be because law professors are human too, and so are very easily distracted from the chore of legal academics by things like blogging?**
**Author's Note: Please be assured that no non-tenured law professors were harmed in the creation of this post. A few, however, were teased a little. For this, the author of this blawg apologizes. To prove that his apology is genuine, he has created a "Law Professor Blog Honor Roll," which now appears proudly in the right column of this blawg. (It contains all the law professors in the bulleted list, plus Professor Smith, who was added at the last minute because he invented blog honor rolls.)
Tomorrow the author of this blawg will launch a competition to round out his Law Professor Blog Honor Roll. Be sure to tune in, because there are only four spots left!
Finally, the author of this blawg would like to apologize if some of the law professors mentioned in this post already have tenure. He genuinely wanted to figure this out before posting, but his entire staff of fact-checkers is off on Mondays. That's the day they work for the New York Times. Sorry!