There’s a tremor in the blogosphere today — a new blog has emerged, and not just a blog, but one by a true legal blogging heavyweight. The blog is OrinKerr.com. For those familiar with the legal blogosphere, you probably have heard of Orin Kerr — he’s a blogger at the wildly-popular Volokh Conspiracy, and he’s one of the most prolific bloggers there. Probably about 60% of the Volokh Conspiracy is by Orin . . . well, I guess I’m exaggerating a bit — but not by much. He’s also my colleague at GW, and even though he’s “misguided” on several legal issues, he’s still a nice guy and a good friend. And in my opinion, he’s one of the very best bloggers in the blogosphere.
Many questions remain shrouded in mystery. Is he leaving the Volokh Conspiracy? Why is he starting his own blog? And why doesn’t he finally admit that I’m right about the Fourth Amendment and he’s wrong? I know some of the answers to these questions, but go check out OrinKerr.com and the Volokh Conspiracy to let Orin explain it all himself.
From his introductory post:
Welcome to OrinKerr.com. My hope is that this blog will provide high-quality discussion and analysis of current legal topics, issues in the legal academy, and trends in the legal profession.
To ensure the highest quality comments, I have set up two ways to comment at this blog: with a registered account and without a registered account. Registered accounts are by invitation only, and permit an individual to post comments without prior review. I plan to invite a group of law professors, lawyers, law students, and journalists to register accounts. Inivitations will probably go out within the next week or so.
If you don’t have an account, you can still submit a comment. However, comments submitted by those without an account will not post automatically. I plan to screen comments by individuals without an account pretty carefully, so that only thoughtful and informed comments are posted.
If you’re interested in submitting an unregistered comment, you can maximize the chance I will approve your submission by offering informed legal arguments delivered in a careful, civil, and clear style. My plan is to offer registered accounts to individuals who establish a track record of submitting particularly good unregistered comments.
Well, I sure hope I get to be a registered commenter. If not, I take back all the praise I’ve said above about Orin’s blogging. . . .