Blawg Review #128

Welcome to what I’m told is the first Irish-hosted Blawg Review, coming to you from Trinity College Dublin. Now, today (Monday October 1st) is the first day for our newest cohort of first year undergraduate students. A little late, you say? Well, as this institution of higher learning has been around for 400-odd years (some of them particularly odd), you may be able to forgive our occasional tardiness. Indeed, our continuing students aren’t back for another week (and my own tutorial teaching won’t start for a few more weeks after that); but of course, those of us hard at work on our PhDs have been (cough) working hard all summer.

Finding new distractions is more like it, and this edition of the Blawg Review is one of the best that has come along so far! Today, with a nod to familiar new (academic) year resolutions, I’m taking a look at some interesting blog posts, both from the familiar Lex Ferenda zones of cyberlaw, media studies and legal education, and from the general blawgosphere and the blog o’sphere. For the information of the regular readers (all ten of you … the Lex Ferendans, perhaps?), Blawg Review is a great ‘blog carnival’ site, and you should subscribe to it, if you want to be really cool and popular and the envy of all your friends ;)

For what it’s worth, it’s also Banned Books Week (says the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom blog), and the start of the baseball postseason (with the Baseball Crank (a lawyer and a Mets fan – sorry for your troubles, sir) taking a wry look at lawyers and civility this week). But enough of that, and off we go:

Choose your courses (carefully?)

Lots of people have been writing about a new paper by Douglas Rush and Hisako Matsuo (the paper is here) on course choice at Law School vs success at bar exams. Responses come from the great and the good, including Dave Hoffman, Business Associations Blog, PrawfsBlawg and even Freakonomics. Meanwhile, Charon QC has a podcast about the recognition of for-profit law school BPP by the Privy Council across the water in the UK.

Buy new books

Wendy Seltzer at the Citizen Media Law Center’s blog wrote about the Harvard Coop’s unusual argument that ISBNs are protected by copyright and taking them down can get you kicked out of the bookstore. Then again, Simon Fodden at wants to buy the Magna Carta

Take advice from those who have come before you

Bridget Crawford has some detailed advice for the new feminist law professor; this covers everything except the sunscreen.

But why bother with another year in the academic world? Well, you could do worse than take a look at Scott Greenfield’s Top 10 Reasons For Keeping Law Schools (and his follow-up on whether law school is really that bad

Find out about financial assistance

Our own Ed wonders whether there should be a Blogging Scholarship at law schools. A great idea!

Look for a new job

Daniel Schwartz and George Lenard have written at length about background checks, with an eye to how new technologies and new procedures make the job of the checker so much easier.

Stay out of trouble

Brett Trout, who has been blawgging for years and is in tour with a new book on cyberlaw, has put together some practical tips on keeping your blog out of court. If turning to Crime 2.0 might seem tempting, see Sox First (the sox being the 2002 federal law rather than the triumphant Bostonians), looking at increasing interest in policing virtual crime.

Start a campaign

Students love campaigns, and new technological toys, too. But poor Verizon got themselves in a spot of bother this week, with a decision (quickly reversed) to deny service to pro-choice activists NARAL, on the grounds that the messages would be ‘controversial or unsavoury’. ‘Blandness and depoliticization‘, said Frank Pasquale at Concurring Opinions, in a great post that weaves together net neutrality, freedom of speech and economics. Susan Crawford explains why it matters.

Take up a new sport

In the hockey world, pre-season has just finished, but the owners of the New York Rangers just bodychecked the National Hockey League. Or, to be more precised, filed suit in a dispute over control of the Rangers’ website, reported by the SportsBiz blog.

Run for election

Eric Turkewitz, the New York Personal Injury Lawyer, previews a case coming up soon in the Supreme Court, where the system of elections to judicial offices in New York State is being challenged. Just keep an eye on the rules: Overlawyered and What About Clients both report on the fuss over Texas Senate candidate Mikal Watts and his seemingly iffy tactics in relation to contributions to judicial candidates..

Work on your Facebook profile

Kevin O’Keefe (from the provocatively-titled Real Lawyers Have Blogs) weighs in on law firms and social networking.

Dress appropriately

Geeklawyer in England has a fun little tale about his fomer co-blogger Ruthie and her pre-trial nightmares.

Read something new

Martin Weller (the Ed Techie) set up a distributed conversation on ‘the future of content’, and the legal issues are expertly handled by Ray Corrigan at B2fxxx. And I can’t help but mention the New Zealand law-by-wiki project.

Dig out your old lecture notes

Last week, I was at the GikII workshop (say it ‘geeky’, or any way you want to) in London. I summarised all the presentations here. The presentation and questions by Fernando Barrio is picked up by Virtually Blind: is Second Life a patent-free zone? Apparently so, says the small print. Not so fast, says the rest of the world. Jordan Hatcher did one better and found his slides on tattoos and copyright law picked up by BoingBoing (more from Jordan’s own blog here. Hans Peter Lehofer at Content and Carrier kindly refers to my own net neutrality presentation in a lovely post (including Shakespeare) on net neutrality in Europe.

Find out what’s going on in your neck of the woods

Fiona de Londras at the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Cork has started a new blog on, well, criminal justice and human rights! This post on secret detention is a good taster of what’s to come. Indeed, Darius Whelan’s post at Irish Law Updates highlights a busy year ahead at University College Cork. A short hop away, Lilian Edwards is gearing up for the launch of ILAWS at the University of Southampton.

(Especially for postgrads): watch out for your supervisor!

Finally, my supervisor Eoin O’Dell, who blogs at, has returned from a summer blogging break, with a post about a controversial Irish libel case and what it means for Irish defamation law and for bloggers.. So I had better get back to work!

Thanks for reading this week’s Blawg Review. Daithí Mac Síthigh (da-hee mac shee-hig) is my name, and I’m writing a PhD on new media regulation (and doing a bit of teaching, a bit of research, and various other things) at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. Lex Ferenda is my blog, eighteen months old and acting as a PhD sandpit, a soapbox, a testbed and so much more. I’d love to have you as a regular reader, and would welcome any comments.

Blawg Review has information about next week’s host, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Blawg Review #128

    Blawg Review #128 is now available at Lex Ferenda.

  2. Top ‘o the mornin’ to you. Thanks for the reference! And interesting articles this week, particularly on the campaigns. Looking forward to visiting again soon. Regards, Dan

  3. Geeklawyer says:

    Harumph. *I’ve* never been asked to do the blawg review. Will go away and sulk now.

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  5. HealthBlawg says:

    Blawg Review #128 is up; next edition will be here at HealthBlawg

    This week’s Blawg Review is up, across the pond at Lex Ferenda. Next week’s Columbus Day edition will be right here at HealthBlawg. It’s been a while since I last hosted (Blawg Review #88), and I’m looking forward to poring

  6. Dan Hull says:

    Classy, well-done, and fun–say hey to Dublin for me.

  7. This week’s Blawg Review is from Ireland.

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  8. This week’s Blawg Review is from Ireland.

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  10. Daithí says:

    Thanks, all, for the nice comments (except for Geeklawyer, who really should host Blawg Review, if only to provide a community employment scheme for libel lawyers ;) )

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