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Saturday, August 02, 2003

"...known as 'The Rat.'"

Reason no. 5,782 to have a computer with you while traveling: settling family disputes.

Carmel Beach
During what years was Clint Eastwood Mayor of Carmel? (Answer.)

Friday, August 01, 2003

Marriott Geeks Out, "Marriott Touts Free Broadband:" "The hospitality industry, which has taken a drubbing over the last year, is looking for ways to fill rooms. High-speed Internet access is increasingly seen as a must-have amenity, especially for business travelers."

Reuters, "Marriott Giving Free Web, Though Not at Top Hotels:" "The world's largest hotelier said a fast Web connection had become a deciding factor for many business travelers looking for a place to stay."

Meanwhile, I'm here on dial-up at my in-laws' for the weekend. Word to the wise: unless the air travel industry undergoes radical efficiency improvements in the near future, do not, repeat not, endeavor to fly from Orange County, CA to San Jose, CA, on a flight departing between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. on a weekday (and if you try to do it on a Friday, you'd be better off walking). Trust me on this one.

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Good Work, Nice Sites

The First District Appellate Project (FDAP) is a non-profit law office, created in 1985 under the auspices of the Bar Association of San Francisco in conjunction with the First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal and the Administrative Office of the Courts. FDAP's mission is to ensure quality representation of indigent appellants in criminal, juvenile, dependency and mental health appeals in the First District Court of Appeal.

[Link added.] The FDAP site also "assist[s] a panel of approximately 325 attorneys who are appointed to represent indigent appellants in the First District." (Oh, and they like weblogs.) Similar appellate projects in California include Appellate Defenders in San Diego and the California Appellate Project in Los Angeles.

(Tom, I doubt you meet the requirements for "indigency," but if your plans pan out, anything's possible. ;> You might want to bookmark these sites. Criminal and mental health appeals, mind you!)

Book 'Em Dano

CafePress: " Publishing service will be live August 4, 2003." Like Apple's cool iPhoto books, I can think of all kinds of ways this could come in handy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003


Forecast: Steady Growth

Here's my passenger as of last Friday:

Baby Howell
July 25, 2003; 20 Weeks, 6 Days

BH and I will be finishing a brief in the next couple of days, but wanted to leave you with a couple of parting links:

Monday, July 28, 2003

RIAA Subpoena Search

From today's TVC Alert:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) offers a search feature for finding out if one of the subpoenas on file with the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia contains your IP address or P2P handle.

More Music And Media, In The Times

Both from today's Los Angeles Times business section:

John Healey, "Napster Service to Be Revived by Year-End"

"Napster 2.0 has been built from the ground up to reflect the values of the original Napster brand, which is really all about independence, innovation and consumer choice," [Roxio Chief Executive Chris] Gorog said.

He declined to disclose how much the new service would charge or what specific restrictions would be imposed on the songs it sold, which would be in an encrypted format from Microsoft to deter piracy. But he said the restrictions would be "very liberal, very easy to understand, and most importantly, they will be common throughout" — unlike the patchwork found on the new downloadable music store from of Aliso Viejo.

Jube Shiver Jr., "Focus of Media Debate Turns to Congress"

Powell had already put together the votes to pass his agenda for relaxing media ownership rules. So, the strange-bedfellows alliance turned away from the agency and focused its attention elsewhere: If they couldn't stop the deregulation train from leaving the FCC, they might be able to derail it farther down the tracks, in the halls of Congress.

Last week, their strategy paid off.

"Send me your tired, your poor, your huddled appellate jurists..."

It's my humble opinion that one of the most remarkable things anyone has yet managed to accomplish with a weblog is Howard Bashman's 20 Questions for the appellate judge, monthly interviews that commenced in February this year with appellate jurists from around the U.S. (and conceivably from around the world). These interviews provide invaluable insights into the appellate lawmaking process and the people who make it work. They're detailed, thorough, and utterly free and freely accessible—no one needs to know you're an Omanian octegenarian before you can take a look.

Howard is willing to keep this up as long as appellate jurists are willing to participate, but he needs to get the word out to keep the volunteers coming. If you are a lawyer, law student, judicial clerk, or anyone who from time to time breaks bread with members of the appellate judiciary, please let them know how much you enjoy Howard's interviews and urge them to participate. I for one would love to see this continue indefinitely.

More from Howard this morning: "One week from today, I will be posting online here the August 2003 installment of '20 questions for the appellate judge.' August's interviewee is Eleventh Circuit Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat. September's interviewee will be Federal Circuit Judge William Curtis Bryson. And October's interviewee will be Eleventh Circuit Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr. [...] I am willing to keep the monthly '20 questions' feature going for as long as there are federal and/or state court appellate judges who are willing to participate as interviewees. However, if a month were to arrive for which there is no interviewee, then the feature will come to a permanent end." Let's not let that happen.

Lady Liberty

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Mmm. Good Blawg.

These folks know something. And they're telling. (As you'll see too, blawgy things seem to be particularly happening in Minnesota for some reason. But then, the Star of the North has been at the vanguard of such things as pop-up toasters, so maybe this is no surprise at all.)


  • Ray Cox is a State Representative for Minnesota, and has a fantastic weblog about his work, life and the issues confronting the voters he represents.


  • Matt Conigliaro is an appellate lawyer with Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg, FL, and his blog is about Florida law and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • The authoress of frolic and detour is "an attorney/writer/wonk/critic" in Minneapolis, MN, who maintains a rich and fascinating site. [Via Jack Bogdanski]
  • I've really been enjoying C.E. Petit's blog, Scrivenor's Error. (I've also been enjoying the way arcane legal jargon morphs so well into catchy titles for weblogs.) C.E. represents authors (big 'uns), and writes about copyright law from their perspective. He's a fresh voice who gets sarcasm and irony, and ain't afraid to use 'em.
  • Jeanne Pi's Texas Elder Law Blawg is " a web portal to federal, state and local web information, resources and services related to Texas Elder Law."
  • Mark Smith practices in Lincoln, NB, and writes the Incorporation Blog about legal and tax matters for small business owners. [Via]
  • George M. Wallace is an attorney in Pasadena, CA, and he writes of things personal, cultural, and political at A Fool in the Forest.
  • Travis A. Wise lives in Campbell, CA, and is a corporate tax attorney in the International Corporate Services practice of KPMG in Mountain View. If you're taking the California bar exam next week, it's not too late to pay a visit to his California Bar Exam Primer. [Via]

Learning The Craft

  • Ms Anastasia Beaverhousen, aka the Lonestar Expat, is "leaving the old country for law school in the mid-west. . .do they have electricity there yet?" I couldn't say, but I can say with some assurance it's going to be fun to find out. [Via Howard Bashman]
  • I certainly hope James at Hilsy Blog is having a hoppy weekend. [Via Jack Bogdanski]
  • Joe Gratz is a law student who lives in Minneapolis, MN, and writes about all kinds of interesting stuff, like music sharing and ownership, law school lecture hall "backchanneling," and practicing law in the corporate arena: "[A] good deal of litigation seems to be two corporations fighting over one pile of cash. I see no reason not to help them. One is reminded of a rather cynical T-shirt slogan I once saw, which read, 'Once one understands that all of society is merely an elaborate mechanism for the movement of money from other people to lawyers, many matters which were once obscure become clear.'" [Via]
  • Le-Gal is a "50 something mother, wife, grandmother, law student, certified webmaster, decorative artist, who is beginning a whole new life." She also pointed me to the Larval Lawyer, who's taking the Virginia bar next week and along with TCC is one of Le-Gal's faves.
  • The writer in residence at Like a Blind Man attends law school at Georgetown. [Via]
  • Shannon is gearing up for law school at Queen's University, Canada. [Via]
  • The weblogger at Unfashionable Observations is at Stanford and writes great movie reviews, among other things. [Via]
  • Alice W. has been expanding her (and our) horizons at Drink Me in addition to her original page for awhile now. "according to my site statistics, drink me is the site that everyone bookmarks, but nobody will link to, or even admit to reading (besides the few faithful, you know who you are)." Let's remedy that: "I'm Denise Howell and I read Drink Me!"

Giving It A Rest

  • Ms. Morality is home by choice following the birth of her first child, but it sounds like her law firm sadly did not go out of its way to make that choice a difficult one. Do not miss her Realities of Being Pregnant in a Large Law Firm. ("Upon my return I was given a few short-term assignments (2-3 hours) and otherwise left to surf the internet and attend CLEs.  I researched discrimination laws.") [Via]

Blawgers At Large


Managing The Chaos

  • The paralegal weblogger at Groklaw is doing a bang-up job covering the SCO case. [Via Frank Field] Great writing about the music industry and P2P issues too.


Hey, I have a favor to ask. If you stop by here occasionally and are a blawgrollee, let me know if it's time to update where you sit/stand/fall in the massive monster. Often I put folks under Blawgers At Large if they're not yet in law school, or if they don't make it clear on their site just what the heck they're up to professionally. It's getting to be time when some on that list will start school, some in school have moved on, etc. I'll need to go through and try to figure that out soon, but it will be greatly appreciated if you are inclined to help speed the process.

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