Raise a glass (or the Legal Antiquarian’s Lawyer Stein) to the Irish! Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin and from the legal blogosphere and welcome to this week’s Blawg Review, back at Lex Ferenda after a not-too-unsuccessful tryout for the team in Blawg Review #128. Of course it’s not just the week or month of that most famous of Welshmen, Patrick; the Ides of March are commemorated by What About Clients? and David Giacalone at f/k/a. St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland and in Northern Ireland; Life at Work (in New Zealand) weighs in with some amusing observations on holidays from work.
In Chicago (where, as you may know, the river runs green; no need to notify Patrick S. O’Donnell, who posted wonderful bibliographies on bioethics and on environmental and ecological worldviews at his new home on Ratio Juris, it’s perfectly environmentally safe), it seems that as reported by Rob La Gatta the American Bar Association’s “Beer for Bloggers” was displaced by the crowds of St. Patrick’s Day revellers. Well, they did hold the event in Kitty O’Shea’s…so this was fairly inevitable. But did the bloggers turn green? (More from the Common Scold). The show that they were all attending/drinking at was the ABA Techshow, which sounds like it was a great event; Technolawyer, next week’s Blawg Review host, has the full story.
St. Patrick’s Day, of course, is also a religious occasion (technically taking place on March 15th this year, causing some confusion; explained by Terahertz and Diamond Geezer and – ahem – the Home Brewing Blog). Catholic voices across Ireland and the world spent much of this week digesting the news that the Vatican has updated its list of mortal sins. The Law Librarian Blog has more, and Above The Law talks about Sins 2.0. Continuing with the religion-and-the-world theme, Paul Secunda at Concurring Opinions writes about religion in the workplace in a readable and intelligent summary of his recent paper on the topic.
St. Patrick is also the patron saint of engineers. His intervention might be necessary to assist poor Chis Avenir, an engineering student at Ryerson University in Toronto who found himself in a spot of bother for organising a Facebook study group. The certainly-Irish-Canadian Peter Ryan has all the details. Elsewhere in the diaspora, Ann Bartow at Feminist Law Professors reports on green bagels, green beer and a 5K green run. Other interesting posts there this week included a report on a conference on Working From The World Up, which sounds very interesting (more on this from Ann Althouse . Catherine O’Rourke from the University of Ulster (at the northern tip of this fair island) spoke at the conference on the topic of ‘International Feminism’.
The Irish blawgosphere is on the small side. Still, what we lack in quantity we try to make up in quality. Some particularly good pieces from the last week come from barrister Fergus O’Rourke (not a blogger or blawger) on insurance advice, Edward McGarr on discovery and, keeping it in the family, Simon McGarr (at tuppenceworth.ie) on the government Minister with responsibility for the ‘information society’ not liking bloggers all that much.
Irish techie eyes are not smiling, though, at the news that the major record labels are seeking a court order to compel ISPs to implement a particular filtering system to prevent ‘illegal downloading’. The Digital Rights Ireland blog has the full story and Jim Carroll has more. Another Irish case sparking interest across the globe is Goodfellas v Irish News, reported by Eoin O’Dell here (also discussed at Blurred Keys, The Fatalist, Salut! and the Illinois Business Law Journal; special points for the Simpsons reference in that last one) . Eoin also has a series of posts on the abolition of criminal libel and the progress of the Defamation Bill at his blog, cearta.ie.
Kevin O’Keefe wonders what the impact of law blogging is on the market profile of firms-with-blogs. Certainly, Irish firms like Matheson Ormsby Prentice, which this month celebrated being the only Irish law firm in the Irish ‘Top 50 companies to work for‘ list, might take notice. But the downside of large firms is discussed in this WAC post. And blogging lawyers must have seen their hearts skip a beat (and not in the good way) at the news that the formerly anonymous Patent Troll Tracker is being sued for defamation. Though, the clueless lawmaker of the week is in Kansas, and Eugene Volokh dismisses with ease an attempt to ban anonymous online speech. An extremely thoughtful overview of both Patent Troll Tracker and more general issues is provided by David (O’)Donoghue at Chicago IP Litigation.
Intrepid blogger of the week is Anne Reed, who found out all about the jury system in Japan. Could Anne possibly be Irish?? The endangered species that is the redhead (insert joke here if you must) is even celebrated in an Irish documentary airing this weekend.
Now, the big news out there is that Eliot Spitzer is governor of New York no more. And where to start? There’s some concern about the use of photos from MySpace; Balkinization imagines a future Supreme Court decision on this topic, Eric Turkewitz makes a connection with medical-legal issues, Scott Greenfield wonders what next, and some commenters have even been talking about the money. The wonderful ‘recovering lawyer’ and comedian Madeleine Begun Kane even commemorated the events with a limerick! And what if he seeks forgiveness?
So it seems unlikely that Spitzer will be marching (at least in an official capacity!) in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (his resignation is effective as of noon on March 17th). Such parades have of course given legal scholars a great case to write about, being of course Hurley v Irish-American GLB Group of Boston. Anyway, it does seem that Senator Hillary Clinton will be busy, and the people in New York will be led by sports commentator Tommy Smyth. In Ireland, we’ll be watching these New Yorkers, but also following journalist Shane Hegarty’s Spotter’s Guide. Irish politicians tend to head to anywhere but Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day (illustrated by Martyn Turner here; other famous Irish globetrotters may interest Blawg Review’s famous editor), but while they are away Damien Mulley will make hay with their disclosure statements (more here)
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