Category: Administrative Announcements


Signing Off

Well, it looks like my guest slot time is now up. So I’d like to thank Dan Solove and the rest of the Concurring Opinions bloggers for inviting me to hang my hat here over the holidays. This has been a great introduction for me to the “blawgosphere,” and it has been fun taking part in the opinionated conversations. You might not know this, but Dan, in addition to being a prominent legal scholar and writer of consistently thoughtful posts on CO, is really a fantastic and well-organized host to guest bloggers.

In retrospect, I’ll count it among my achievements here that I helped give critical mass to the new Wiki category of posts — and thanks to all the commenters here for all your thoughts. Good luck to the Concurring Opinions collective in 2006 — may you continue to ascend the Technorati rankings!


AALS Blawg Happy Hour: A Reminder

drink2a.jpgThis is a reminder about our happy hour, in conjunction with PrawfsBlawg, during the AALS conference this week in Washington, DC. The happy hour will be held at Cloud, on Wednesday, January 4th at 9:30 PM.

Cloud is at 1 Dupont Circle NW, which is on New Hampshire Avenue just south of Dupont Circle. Click here for directions.

I hope that many readers are able to attend. Please RSVP if you haven’t already, but you’re welcome to stop by even if you haven’t RSVP’d.


AALS Blawg Happy Hour: More Details

drink2a.jpgHere are more details about our happy hour, in conjunction with PrawfsBlawg, during the AALS conference in Washington, DC. It will be held at Cloud, on Wednesday, January 4th at 9:30 PM.

Cloud is at 1 Dupont Circle NW, which is on New Hampshire Avenue just south of Dupont Circle. Click here for directions.

I hope to meet many readers of the blog in person.


Back From Vacation

I’m back from a week’s vacation with family, and ready to rejoin the blogging world. Not entirely coincidentally, Dan will be blogging “more lightly” in the near future as he has vacation and conferences to attend. Whether “more lightly” translates to less than once an hour remains to be determined.

I, and the rest of us here at Co-Op, were happy to see us getting a nod as “Best New Blawg in 2005” at the BlawgReview. It is true that the award list is long, suggesting my fourth grade baseball league most-improved trophy (no shame in that!), but it was still very exciting to be recognized after only three months in existence. Thanks!

In the coming weeks, apart from a little less Dan, we’ll be joined by several exciting new guests, and hope to provide wall to wall coverage of the Alito/Spying/Patriot Act hearings in Congress. Don’t change that channel.


enjoyed the visit


Since I’ve already overstayed my announced visit of a couple of weeks, I figure it’s time to go before I wear out my welcome. It’s been fun commenting on such diverse issues as images of property in landscape art, legal realism and fashion consulting, the Ann Coulter Talking Doll, 1950s and 2000s conservatism, the history of the book, state funding for preservation of cemeteries, and even a few unexpected topics–like suggestions for US News’ ranking system, horror movie director Wes Craven’s insights for law professors, the intellectual origins of Roe v. Wade in, of all places, Tuscaloosa, and Fanny and Ralph Ellison. Of course, nothing gets attention like navel-gazing, so I shouldn’t be surprised that the post that generated the most attention (not much competition here, really) was on the implications of law review citations for law school rankings.

I’d hoped to comment a little on recent articles (like Kenneth Mack’s brilliant article on “Civil Rights Lawyering and Politics Before Brown“) and books in legal history, though my day job interfered with putting us as many posts as I’d hoped. So let me put in a brief mention for a wonderful book, which I recently read: Laura Kalman’s Yale Law School and the Sixties.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Greg Lastowka

greg-lastowka.bmpWe’re extremely fortunate to have Greg Lastowka visit here with us for the next few weeks.

Greg is an Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Camden. He earned his B.A. from Yale College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. Before entering the legal academy, he clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced intellectual property and technology litigation at Dechert LLP. His recent articles include Amateur-to-Amateur, 46 William & Mary Law Review 951 (2005); The Trademark Function of Authorship, 85 Boston University Law Review 1117 (2005). To read more of his articles, click here.

We’re delighted about Greg’s visit. Please give him a warm welcome.


Introducing Guest Blogger Jason Mazzone

jasonmazzone.jpgIt is my pleasure to introduce Jason Mazzone, who will be visiting with us for the next few weeks.

Jason is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches Constitutional Law and American Legal History. His recent works include The Security Constitution, 53 UCLA Law Review 29 (2005); Unamendments, 90 Iowa Law Review 1747 (2005); and Copyfraud, forthcoming in the New York University Law Review. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and he received his doctorate from Yale Law School in 2003. He is revising his dissertation, “Organizing the Republic: Civic Associations and American Constitutionalism, 1780-1830,” for publication as a book. He was born and grew up in Tasmania.

You can read more of Jason’s articles by clicking here.

We’re extremely excited about Jason’s visit. Welcome aboard Jason!


Going Commercial

fortune500.jpgWe are considering going commercial here at Concurring Opinions. In other words, we’re thinking about having advertisements.

Here are some of the issues we’re facing:

1. When we start using ads, we become a commercial blog. This might give rise to greater risks of defamation and copyright lawsuits. Will we become a larger target? While defamation is not a big concern considering what we post about, copyright could be. Indeed, bloggers often quote liberally and use images from around the Internet. As guest blogger Joe Liu aptly noted: “Fair use is notoriously fuzzy.” The norms of the blogosphere thus far seem to be informal — if people have a problem with a blogger quoting too liberally or with the use of an image, they email the blogger to take it down. When a blog goes commercial, however, will this lead to the use of lawsuits instead?

2. Right now, we’re just a bunch of folks blogging together without much of a formal agreement. If we go commercial, should we form a more formal arrangement? We might form a partnership, LLC, or some other type of corporation. If we do create a more formal arrangement, what’s the best type?

3. Are there other prudential considerations that we need to think about? Starting a blog is so easy and informal, but when it becomes a for-profit enterprise, things could potentially change. Or maybe not. We just don’t know.

These are some of the considerations we’re thinking about. If you have any thoughts on the issue, we’d appreciate your opinion.

UPDATE: Mike at Crime and Federalism has some interesting thoughts about the issue here and here.