Category Archives: Blawg Review

Get to yes with Blawg Review #164 as it celebrates Bloomsday

The latest edition of Blawg Review, the weekly review of the best in legal blogging published every Monday, falls this week on Bloomsday, a celebration of James Joyce and his immortal opus, Ulysses, the book that made glorious the word “Yes” long before Roger Fisher and William Ury wrote their influential text on negotiation:

…I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes

(Is it me, or is suddenly hot in here?)

This week’s host of Blawg Review, cearta.ie (“the Irish for rights”), explains how Blawg Review #164 pays tribute to this literary masterpiece:

Today is Bloomsday, the centrepiece of a weeklong festival in Dublin celebrating the day in 1904 on which the events of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses unfold, which is the day Joyce first formally went out with Nora Barnacle (the story is told in the enthralling movie Nora; other movies with 16 June references include The Producers and Before Sunrise). In the novel, all human life is there; and Eamon Fitzgerald’s Rainy Day is currently by far the best guide to the important things in life: democracy, football, and technology. Expect a Bloomsday post today (this is last year’s; update: this is this year’s). Just like Oh Brother, Where art Thou?, the novel loosely parallel’s Homer’s Odyssey, and this blogpost will very very loosely parallel Joyce’s Ulysses (or at least his chapter headings).

If you prefer your review of legal blogging without literary allusions, there is of course Blawg Review #163, ably hosted last week by More Partner Income.

Blawg Review #162 dedicated to world peace

Blawg Review 162 dedicated to world peaceDan Harris hosts Blawg Review #162 at China Law Blog, a blog with a strongly international perspective that covers the legal issues of doing business in China.

Dan dedicates this most impressive presentation of Blawg Review to world peace and the ending of all disputes.

The many faces of the law at Blawg Review

Many faces of Blawg ReviewEach week through the viewpoint of a different host, Blawg Review, the revolving blog carnival which presents the best in legal blogging, shows its readership a new perspective on law, the legal profession, and legal scholarship.

Consider as my proof the dazzling array of viewpoints courtesy of the last five hosts:

Blawg Review #161 promises to deliver a caffeinated jolt this coming Monday morning – it’s hosted by the Patent Baristas.

[Update: Blawg Review #161 has been posted. It pays moving homage to Memorial Day, a day when the U.S. remembers its military dead.]

(Photo credit: Luiz Baltar.)

The mother of all Blawg Reviews

Make your mother proud by paying a visit to Blawg Review #158, hosted by The Mommy Blawg (“the intersection of mommyhood and the law”) in honor of International Midwives Day.

Blawg Review of course is the weekly review of the best in legal blogging, hosted each week by a different blog.  Next week’s host is the Whistleblower Law Blog.

Speaking of mothers, if you live in the U.S., don’t forget to call yours on Sunday — it’s Mother’s Day.

Virtual worlds, Canadian National Day of Mourning, themes for most recent Blawg Reviews

Recently I compared Blawg Review, the weekly review of the best in legal blogging, with a box of chocolates. You never know what you’ll reach into the box and pull out, particularly since each week a different blogger plays host, sampling many different posts across a wide range of topics.

Blawg Review #156, hosted by Benjamin Duranske at Virtually Blind, covers virtually everything you could want to know about virtual worlds and the brave new world of virtual law, and includes a short discussion on ADR in virtual worlds to resolve the disputes that inevitably arise wherever there is human interaction.

Meanwhile, Michael Fitzgibbon, a Toronto-based attorney, honors the Canadian National Day of Mourning at Blawg Review #157 at Thoughts from a Management Lawyer. It is a day established in memory of workers killed or injured in the workplace and in renewal of the pledge to make the workplace safe.

Blawg Review is a box of assorted chocolates

Blawg Review is a box of assorted chocolatesSince I began blogging over three years ago, I’ve been a devotee of Blawg Review, the review of the best in legal blogging hosted each week by a different blogger. I read it regularly, and I’ve even served as host on three occasions (once with fellow blogging mediator Geoff Sharp).

Why do I read Blawg Review? When law is so integral to our political, social, commercial, and civic interactions, never has it been more important to stay informed about the impact the law produces on the way we live and work together.

But it’s more than just the weekly synopsis of the major stories affecting the law that draws me to Blawg Review every Monday. It’s the fact that each week a new host provides another spin, a different viewpoint, on law and justice.

It’s like a box of assorted chocolates. You reach into the box, not knowing what you’ll get until you take a taste. Sometimes it’s a playful caramel in milk chocolate, a sophisticated dark chocolate truffle with a hint of espresso, an angelic praline enrobed in a white chocolate shell, or a tart raspberry edged with bittersweet chocolate. (Of course at times you may encounter a nut or two.) If one is not to your taste, then wait but a week and then sample again.

Consider how different are the most recent two hosts of Blawg Review:

Last week, it was David Harlow hosting Blawg Review #154 at Health Blawg to honor World Health Day 2008, dedicated to protecting health from the effects of climate change.

And this week Greg May at California Blog of Appeal good-naturedly hosts Blawg Review #155 and celebrates (or, some might say, desecrates) National Poetry Month.

And next week will be something entirely different when Virtually Blind, a blog that discusses legal issues impacting virtual worlds, plays host.

Blawg Review #153: things that make you go "Arrrrr"

Pirate edition of Blawg ReviewFans of Blawg Review, the weekly review of the best in legal blogging, get a two-fer this week thanks to host George M. Wallace, a lawyer in Pasadena, California.

George hoists the Jolly Roger at the pirate-themed Blawg Review #153 at Declarations & Exclusions, warning readers with these ominous words:

But tell me true now: It be Blawg Review ye’ve really come seekin’, eh? Thought as much.Well, yer appeal’s been heard and ye’ve come to the proper place. And properly warned ye be, sez I.

But here ye’ll find no more o’ yer namby-pamby “Blawg Review,” savvy?

No, matey, that be fer the lace and waistcoat gentry, an’ the lords o’ the Admiralty an’ such-like luckless landlocked lumpers, wi’ their clerks an’ their cubicles an’ their quills an’ their copiers.

No, me hearty: for the likes o’ us — bold ‘n’ dangerous sorts that we be, don’cha know — hencefor’rd this be . . .Blarrgh Review!

Meanwhile, for landlubbers, George has produced a second edition of Blawg Review, in the form of an April Fool’s Day appendix at his other blog, A Fool in the Forest.

Highlights from these editions of Blawg Review include a look at how many innocent people remain behind bars, tips on negotiating with sociopaths, discussion of a check written on toilet paper, and a revealing glimpse into the sexual fantasies of lawyers (hint: it involves bargaining).

Technolawyer hosts Blawg Review #152

Technolawyer (“all the legal technology and practice management news that’s fit to blog”) hosts Blawg Review #152, the weekly review of the best in legal blogging.

Highlights of this week’s Blawg Review include the most shocking court transcript of the year starring a bad-ass court reporter, pointers on strong marketing in a weak economy, and the 20 worst Beatles songs as proof that “no-one [sic] ever achieves a consistently high standard.”

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Blawg Review #151

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Blawg Review #151Lex Ferenda hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day presentation of Blawg Review, the weekly review of the best in legal blogging.

Lex Ferenda, published by Daithí Mac Síthigh, a graduate researcher in the School of Law in Trinity College Dublin, capably covers cyberlaw — including “Internet governance, intellectual property, and the control of media and information flows across national and regional borders”.

Blawg Review #151 will introduce you to the wit and wisdom of Irish legal bloggers, as well as a delightful assortment of blog posts from elsewhere in the world.

(Photo credit: Sarah Williams.)

Trust Matters at Blawg Review #150

Charles H. Green, a respected executive educator on trust-based relationships, and the author of the blog Trust Matters, plays charming (and, might I say, trustworthy) host to Blawg Review #150. A rotating blog carnival, Blawg Review each week presents the best in legal blogging.

Highlights from Blawg Review #150 include Orwell on ethos, Budweiser-themed haiku, a first-hand account of a harrowing five-day stay in the D.C. jail, and seven days’ worth of inspiration from some extraordinary blogs.