Category: Administrative Announcements


Great To Be Here

Thank you to Dan, Dave, and the rest of the CO Gang for inviting me to make a guest appearance here. I suspect I’ll spend much of my first week commenting on the Alito hearing, which connects nicely to my scholarly and teaching interests, but whatever the nature of our discussion, I am very much looking forward to taking part in this virtual community of legal reflection.

In the weeks ahead I will try to take my responsibilities here seriously, knowing that CO’s reputation for analysis and insight is both important and the product of many individuals’ hard work. I fully expect also to have some fun, which should be easy given the wit and good humor of my co-bloggers.

Incidentally, the youngster in the photo with me is my son Steven, who will be 4 next month. Laura and I also have another son, Michael Jr., who is 5.


Introducing Guest Blogger Robert Tsai

robert-tsai1.jpgWe’re very fortunate that Robert Tsai will be joining us for the next few weeks. Robert is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and then clerked for U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, S.D.N.Y., and the Honorable Hugh H. Bownes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Among Robert’s recent articles are Fire, Metaphor, and Constitutional Myth-Making, 93 Geo. L.J. 181 (2004) (discussing metaphor and free speech); Sacred Visions of Law, 90 Iowa L. Rev. 1095 (2005), (exploring the symbolic role of Marbury v. Madison and Brown v. Board of Education); Democracy’s Handmaid, forthcoming in 86 Boston U. L. Rev. (2006) (examining democracy, popular language, and constitutional law). Other papers by Robert are available on SSRN here.

Robert also has a forthcoming book about the First Amendment with Yale University Press: Eloquence and Reason: Cultivating Freedom of Expression.

Please give Robert a warm welcome!


Introducing Guest Blogger Mike Dimino

mike-dimino2.jpgJoining us from Widener University School of Law is Assistant Professor Michael Dimino. After an internship in the Public Information Office of the U.S. Supreme Court, Mike attended Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he was an articles editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. After graduating, he clerked for Judge Albert Rosenblatt on the New York Court of Appeals (2001-03), then for Judge Laurence Silberman on the D.C. Circuit (2003-04) and Judge Paul Friedman on the D.C. District (2004).

Mike began teaching at Widener in 2004, where he teaches constitutional law, criminal procedure, legislation, Supreme Court politics, and election law. He writes on judicial selection issues, including the First Amendment and judicial campaigning. Some of his publications include: Counter-Majoritarian Power and Judges’ Political Speech, 58 Fla. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2006); The Worst Way of Selecting Judges – Except All the Others That Have Been Tried, 32 N. Ky. L. Rev. 267 (2005); The Futile Quest for a System of Judicial “Merit” Selection, 67 Alb. L. Rev. 803 (2004); Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Robe: Judicial Elections, the First Amendment, and Judges as Politicians, 21 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 301 (2003). He also has a book review of Lee Epstein & Jeff Segal’s Advice and Consent coming out later this year in the Texas Review of Law and Politics. For more information about Mike, visit his webpage.

We’re delighted to have Mike on board for the next few weeks.


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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