THIS WEEK'S ISSUE OF BLAWG REVIEW. . . The Halloween-inspired Blawg Review #81 is up at Denise Howell's Bag & Baggage. For information about next week's host or instructions for getting your blog posts reviewed in upcoming issues, see the Blawg Review weblog.
DEFENSE LAWYERS DEFEND MADISON COUNTY . . . At a press conference last week, a group of defense lawyers who practice in Madison County, Illinois, reportedly "bristled" at the description of Madison County as a "judicial hellhole."
Said one, "When you hear this judicial hellhole discussion, you've got to remember
who started it. These are people who don't like being sued by anybody
for any reason, whether the lawsuit has merit or not. So you need to
keep in mind that the drumbeat about Madison County has not been beat
by people who have legitimate injuries and go to have their day in
The press conference was called to show support for a Democratic judicial candidate.
This Week: The Giving-Jeffrey-Toobin-What-He-Wants Edition. -- As detailed here, the legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin has a complaint about weblogs. "[T]hey are too much opinion and not enough facts," he says. "You tend not to learn anything other than the blogger's opinion." In keeping with the notion that too much opinion is something to avoid, we'll give Jeffrey Toobin what he wants in this week's roundup--lots of facts and scant opinion.
GADGET UPDATE: The Lentek IO-51G Ionic Waterless Pet Bath and Massage Brush . . . Are you a lawyer with a smelly dog (or a dog with a smelly lawyer)? Then perhaps you need this--
It's the Lentek IO-51G Ionic Waterless Pet Bath and Massage Brush. Using space-age technology, it gets your dog (or your lawyer) finally smelling good by bathing him in "trillions of super-oxygenated molecules and negative ions every second." Those awful odors are pulverized away in just five minutes, leaving only fresh oxygen behind. Runs on a 9-volt battery; also recommended for elderly senior partners. Only $27.20.
THE WORLD'S BEST LAW-RELATED BLOGROLL . . . If you'd like to see a list of hundreds of law-related blogs on a single page, take a look MyHq Blawgs. It's maintained by the Editor of Blawg Review, who posted about it here.
If things go as planned, by mid-January, Consortium will publish its first edition. It will contain articles written by law students, attorneys, professors, and maybe even some folks who served their obligatory three years and then decided never to look at another case. Our authors will avoid legal analysis like the plague, but will have much to say about professional life, social life, law blogs, the state of legal education, and more.
With a little luck, the journal will sound a lot like how the legal blogosphere would if bloggers kept the wit and sarcasm, but spent a little more time developing their ideas and had an extra set of eyes to proof them.
The journal will publish quarterly on the web with a print edition each year. The editors are Pete Holiday and Charlsie Paine. If you'd like to get involved, there's more information at the website.