The Defense Research Institute, the organization that is to the civil-defense bar what the American Association for Justice is to the plaintiffs’ bar, recently launched a blog, For the Defense, as an adjunct to the organization’s magazine of the same name. I learned about the blog through a comment added to a post of mine [...]
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Every year, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approves more than 100,000 labels for beer, wine and spirts, according to Robert C. Lehrman, founder of the law firm Lehrman Beverage Law in Oakton, Va. “In these approvals you can see the bursting efflorescence of the American (and the world) economy,” he writes. In order to help distill (his pun, not mine) the best of these labels, he has started a surprisingly entertaining blog, bevlog.
Here, for example, you can find the label for Plumbers Crack Ale, which was not named for Joe. Other intriguing finds include Weed Lager (a smoky taste?), Recession Red table wine (“Times are tough. Toast the simple pleasures”), Illegal Cognac, and the one that makes my taste buds turn and run, Budweiser & Clamato. Check out this new blog — just don’t operate heavy machinery afterwards.
A newly launched blog is the first I’ve seen to focus on the topic of furniture law. The Womble Carlyle Furniture Law Blog comes from the Intellectual Property Group at the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem, N.C. The blog will focus on IP and patent issues that affect the furniture industry, covering case filings, court decisions and legislative affairs. The blog’s authors are Jack B. Hicks, a patent attorney in the firm’s Greensboro office, and Jacob S. Wharton, an IP attorney in the Winston-Salem office. Upon first look, the blog appears solidly built and nicely finished.
Jurors do it. Litigants do it. But when happens when experts do it? The “it” in question is blogging, and the issue is what impact it may have on a trial. While I’ve seen several articles dealing with jurors blogging or litigants blogging, I had not seen any about experts blogging — until now. I wrote a piece,
Expert Blogs: Loose Lips Sink … Trials?, for the e-newsletter of IMS ExpertServices. The article surveys lawyers and experts on the dangers, or not, of expert witnesses with blogs.
Here are some of the new legal blogs that I have come across recently:
- Lean and Mean Litigation Blog, from complex-litigation specialist Steward Weltman.
- The Masters Conference Blog, from the e-discovery training company.
- Wag the Dog, from the Strategic Communications Team at the law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, “explores the often unavoidable intersection of business communications and public opinion.”
- North Carolina Business Litigation Report, reporting on judicial decisions of significance to business. It is written by Mack Sperling, a partner with Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, N.C.
- Delaware Employment Blog, from Margaret M. DiBianca and other members of the employment department at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor in Wilmington, Del.
Legendary Wyoming trial lawyer Gerry Spence is now also on the road to becoming a legendary blogger. Earlier this month, he launched Gerry Spence’s Blog, explaining in an introductory post that he has done a “miserably inadequate” job of using the Internet to share his thoughts and lessons. “I have learned things about our broken judicial system I want to expose to you,” he writes. “I have ideas about our condition in this slave-hold under which many decent Americans suffer.”
The online magazine Slate launched a legal blog this week, Convictions, that will provide commentary from a range of legal professionals, including Slate’s Jurisprudence columnists Dahlia Lithwick and Emily Bazelon as well as practitioners and law professors from across the country. “By launching a law blog, we’re able to post immediate reactions to legal cases and headlines, providing an accessible source for legal discourse from a wide range of qualified experts,” Jacob Weisberg, Slate’s editor, said in announcing the blog.
Phillip Carter, a lawyer with McKenna Long & Aldridge in New York City and a regular Slate contributor on legal and military affairs, will serve as editor of the blog. Others on tap to contribute include: David Barron, Harvard law professor and former attorney-advisor in the Clinton Administration; Rosa Brooks, Georgetown law professor and Los Angeles Times columnist; Jack Balkin, Yale law professor and noted constitutional scholar; Diane Amann, professor at University of California at Berkeley School of Law; Doug Kmiec, Pepperdine University law professor and former assistant attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration; Walter Dellinger, former acting U.S. solicitor general and Duke law professor; U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner, who sits in Boston, Mass.; Eric Posner, University of Chicago law professor; Richard Ford, Stanford law professor; and Kenji Yoshino, Yale law professor.
Thanks to Laura Orr at Oregon Legal Research for including this blog in a pair of thoughtful posts on the art and practice of blogging for lawyers: Blogging for Lawyers and Blawgers as (real) Writers. In the first post, she covers the fundamentals of getting started in blogging. In the second, she considers the discipline and persistence that go into keeping a blog interesting. The blogs she lists are among the ones I regularly read and I join her in commending them to you.
A new blog focuses on break-ups between businesses, particularly in New York. Called New York Business Divorce, it is written by Peter A. Mahler, a partner in the Manhattan office of the firm Farrell Fritz. The blog provides information for lawyers and others on dissolution and other disputes among owners of corporations, LLCs and partnerships.
Earlier today at Legal Blog Watch, I wrote about yesterday’s joint investigative report by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post revealing the injustice to hundreds of defendants who remain in prison based at least in part on a discredited FBI forensic tool known as comparative bullet-lead analysis. As the Washington Post piece mentions, two affiliated organizations played central roles in bringing this injustice to light, the Forensic Justice Project and the National Whistleblower Center. In looking at the latter organization’s site, I became aware of its excellent blog, the Whistleblower Protection Blog, which has much more detail on its bullet-lead investigation and the FOIA cases it brought against the FBI, as well as useful posts on legal issues relating to whisteblowers.