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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Restoring Trust at Yeshiva

Lawrence Cunningham (George Washington) wrote a thoughtful post yesterday at Concurring Opinions about ongoing financial problems at Manhattan's Yeshiva University, home institution to Cardoza Law School.  When the Madoff scandal hit the papers I remember reading that Yeshiva's endowment sustained a significant loss and it seems now that loss foreshadowed the broader troubles the university leadership now faces.  In his blog post, Prof. Cunningham summarizes and critiques Yeshiva's ongoing efforts to change direction and restrore trust in the aftermath.

Cunningham has a new book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values, releasing in October from Columbia University Press.  His recent posts at Concurring Opinions on the book's themes, including yesterday's post and an earlier post, "The Babe Ruth of Good Business," have piqued my interest.

Craig Estlinbaum

July 8, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Colleges | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Attorneys and Depression

Brian Clarke (Charlotte) has written an extremely important and ultimately courageous post, "Law Professors, Law Students and Depression . . . A Story of Coming Out (Part 1)" at The Faculty Lounge on depression and anxiety's alarming incidence among attorneys.  Clarke relates some truly disturbing statistics on depression and suicide in the legal profession (emphasis in original):

Lawyers, as a group, are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than the average person. Of 104 occupations, lawyers were the most likely to suffer depression.  (Both of these statistics are from a Johns Hopkins University study to which I cannot find a link). 

Further, according to a two-year study completed in 1997, suicide accounted for 10.8% of all deaths among lawyers in the United States and Canada and was the third leading cause of death.  Of more importance was the suicide rate among lawyers, which was 69.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 individuals, as compared to 10 to 14 suicide deaths per 100,000 individuals in the general population.  In short, the rate of death by suicide for lawyers was nearly six times the suicide rate in the general population. 

Clarke continues along this vein and introduces his own story fighting mental illness in this first in a three-part series on the subject. 

Some states have added a mental health component to the continuing legal education requirements, and many state bar associations have established hotlines and resources for attorneys battling mental illness.  The Texas Lawyers Assistance Program serves this latter function in Texas -- the Program's 24-hour hotline number is 1-800-343-8527. 

Craig Estlinbaum

April 1, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Ethics, Law Schools, Law Students, Lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Cautionary Tale

Kendall D. Isaac (Appalachian) provides a cautionary tale at the Appellate Advocacy Blog (link).

Craig Estlinbaum

March 22, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Ethics, Law Professors, Lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kowalski On Fonts

Over at the Appellate Advocacy Blog, Tonya Kowalski (Washburn) has an interesting post on popular fonts for legal writing, including some informative links on typeface requirements in the various courts around the country.   Recommended.

Craig Estlinbaum

March 11, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Seto on JD Job Prospects, etc.

Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.) has a blog post at TaxProf Blog on job prospects for near-term J.D. graduates and Dan Filler at The Faculty Lounge added comments of his own.

Craig Estlinbaum

June 5, 2013 in Blogs, Faculty, Law Schools, Lawyer Employment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Reviewing Radin's Boilerplate

ContractsProf Blog (A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network) has been hosting a series of short reviews of Margaret Radin's new book Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights and Rule of Law.  Contributions so far have been by Ethan Leib (Fordham), David Horton (UC Davis), Andrew Gold (DePaul), Theresa Amato (Citizen Works), and Peter Alces (William & Mary).  It looks like there may be more to come. 

Hat Tip:  Kim Krawiec at The Faculty Lounge

Craig Estlinbaum

May 17, 2013 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Contract Issues | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lists of Law Faculty Who Blog

An interesting article about the scope of law professor blogging which is full of carts can be downloaded here. They list Adjunct Law Prof Blog, but they did not list the articles that cited us. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 12, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Becoming A Lawyer Blog

I just came across Becoming A Lawyer, a blog by law school publisher Wolters Kluwer-one of the giants in law school publishing. It provides helpful information to prospective law students. For example, the article I just read is about being a law student and a parent at the same time. If your a college student thinking about law school and even if your a 1 L, you may want to check this blog out.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 22, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, General, Blogs, Legal, Colleges, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Miller and Retroactivity

Douglas Berman (Ohio State-Moritz) at Sentencing Law & Policy  blog has some timely and interesting comments on whether Miller v. Alabama, the recent high court case striking down mandatory sentences of life imprisonment without parole for juveniles, will be or should be applied retroactively for juveniles already serving live without parole sentences.

Craig Estlinbaum

July 6, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty, Law Review Articles | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Re-Introducing Guest Blogger Judge Craig Estlinbaum

I am delighted to report that Judge Craig Estinbaum of 130th Judicial District Court of Texas has decided to rejoin us a guest blogger. Many of you will remember Craig when he served as Contributing Editor to this blog. Craig is also an adjunct professor of law at South Texas Law School and he just completed his first law review article. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 15, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bloggers Held Not To Be Journalists

Obisdian Finance Group v. Fox, ____F.Supp.2d____ (D. Or. Nov. 30, 2011), is an important case for us bloggers. Oregon has a statute which limits defamation damages unless a plaintiff first requests a retraction. The court held, however, that a internet blogger, was not protected under that statute and therefore, could not rely on that defense. The court also held that a blogger was not protected under that state's shield law which privileged journalists from revealing their sources. 

It is hard to find fault with the court's decision. It was based purely on statutory interpretation. Though blogging is similar to other journalist type activities, it is different. The medium is different (internet) and you do not have to sell your story; rather you just put it out there. There are no professional organizations, educational degrees or regulations which govern blogging. In short, it is different. Perhaps this case will trigger legislation throughout the several states.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 29, 2011 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, General, Blogs, Legal | Permalink | Comments (5)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Checkout Legal Skills Prof Blog

Jim Levy, a contributing editor at Adjunct Law Prof Blog, Law Librarian Blog and Legal Writing Prof Blog finally took the big step and started his own blog. Its called Legal Skills Prof Blog. As its name implies, it focuses on legal skills. Some of this blog's early posting include an article about using Google Docs and the job market that new lawyers must face.

This is a must read blog. Congrats to Jim.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 

October 11, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Law Professor Bloggers

The National Law Journal ran an interesting Sept. 6, 2010 story about law professors that blog. Though Adjunct Law Prof Blog was not mentioned, two bloggers on the law professor blog network were profiled. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 12, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Law Professor Blog Rankings

The annual ranking of law professor blogs are out. We are not listed even though we meet the criteria. Just another example of how adjuncts are second class citizens.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 10, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Anonymous Blog Comments

Legal Blog Watch ran an interesting story about anonymous blog comments and links to several other stories. As the posting states:

The New York Times ran an interesting article Monday about how certain news Web sites and blogs have begun moving away from the once-standard practice of allowing anonymous posting of comments on articles. In the story, the Times mentions the recent hubbub surrounding Cleveland judge Shirley Strickland Saffold, whose e-mail address was used to register a commenter named "Lawmiss" on the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Web site. Lawmiss proceeded to make some inflammatory (and likely unethical, if, in fact, Lawmiss is found to be Judge Saffold herself) comments on articles about cases before her.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 9, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, General | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Justia Ranks Adjunct Law Prof Blog 61st Most Popular of All Time

Justia ranks blogs. I am delighted to report that we are ranked number 61 of all time. It ranks 3,000 of them so this is quite an honor. Of course, Justia covers just law and legally related blogs. Who are the top 10 (actually 11)? They are as follows:

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A legal tabloid that provides news and gossip about the profession's colorful personalities and powerful institutions, as well as original commentary on breaking legal developments.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 1
Covers sex offender laws and cases.
Last Updated: May 20, 2010 - Rank All Time: 2
Covers Indiana law, as well as interesting developments in law and government. By Marcia Oddi.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 3
News and information gateway to web based services provided by the New York State Supreme Court Criminal Term Library in New York County.
Last Updated: March 31, 2010 - Rank All Time: 4
Covers law and business and the business of law. By the Wall Street Journal.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 5
Covers mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, IPOs, private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and law. A Financial News Service of The New York Times.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 6
By University of Cincinnati Law Professor Paul L. Caron and Ron Jones.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 7
By Moritz College of Law Professor Douglas A. Berman.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 8
Covers appellate litigation. By Howard J. Bashman.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 9
Covers CAFA, class certification, employment law, FCRA, FDCPA and multidistrict litigation. Published by Michael Hassen of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP.
Last Updated: May 15, 2010 - Rank All Time: 10
Online magazine of opinion. By University of Tennessee College of Law professor Glenn Reynolds.

Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 11 http://pajamasmedia.com/

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 21, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blogging As Legal Scholarship

Is blogging legal scholarship? That is the 64,000 question raised by several scholars. Orin Kerr of The Volokh Conspiracy as well as Doug Berman, Steve Bainbridge, Ann Althouse   recently blogged about this. 

Readers may be surprised at my take on all of this. Blogging is NOT legal scholarship. Why? Because a one page posting analyzing a recent case is not nearly as comprehensive as an article. It also does not go through the cite check process and is meant to be a single story.

Are some blog postings important? Yes. Do some blogs contribute to the development of the law? Absolutely. But they are not scholarship. I view them the same as articles in law related publications such as the National Law Journal or law.com. They have a place in the legal academy and should count for something by law schools-but they are not legal scholarship.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 2, 2009 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Law Professor Blog Rankings

TaxProf Blog complied its annual list of the top 35 Law Prof Blogs, here.  No, we are not on that list-yet, but we are getting close. Congrats to Jim Levy, our contributing editor who also writes at Legal Writing Prof Blog for his enormous contribution which lead to such a large increase in readership.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 19, 2009 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

50 Great Blogs For And By Law Professors

Online Universities published a list of 50 great blogs by and for Law Professors and we made the cut! The top 23 are as follows:

Legal News

Follow the latest legal cases by visiting these news blogs.

  1. Law Blog: The WSJ law blog is updated multiple times a day and follows the big legal cases of the moment and business law.
  2. Above the Law: Above the Law is part news, part legal tabloid, and is a great resource for keeping up with behind-the-scenes dirt from law schools, top firms, and major cases.
  3. The Volokh Conspiracy: This group blog is mostly written by law professors and focuses on law theory and research, law professors and law school, and top (or just weird) cases.
  4. Blawg Review: Get an aggregated list of the week’s best law blog posts here.
  5. Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites: Robert Ambrogi is a great resource if you want to find new legal resource websites.
  6. The Shark: California law school students keep up with news, salaries and more.
  7. Paper Chase: JURIST’s legal news blog is all about "serious law" from "primary sources."
  8. Legal Counsel Corner: This legal commentary blog covers the latest headlines in business law, bail bonds, bankruptcy, class action lawsuits, family law and more.
  9. ABA Blogs: Find law blogs in every single niche, plus tickers of the featured and most popular blogs and posts.
  10. Adjunct Law Prof Blog: Mitchell H. Rubinstein is an adjunct professor at New York Law School and blogs about interesting cases, from domestic violence to health care. He also posts about New York law and law school issues.
  11. American Constitution Society: The ACS tracks top law cases and news.

Theory and Philosophy

Here you’ll find discussion and research devoted to legal theory and philosophy.

  1. Dorf on Theory: Cornell law professor Michael Dorf, with his lawyer and professor friends, muses on various law topics here.
  2. Kenneth Anderson’s Law of War and Just War Theory Blog: This law professor from American University blogs about international laws of war.
  3. Ernie the Attorney: Ernie has been blogging since 2002 and examines how the legal system responds to change.
  4. Leiter Reports: Law professors will appreciate this philosophy blog that comments on academia, intellectual property and legal philosophy.
  5. Florida Student Philosophy Blog: Florida undergrads, grad students and faculty discuss logic, ethics, the philosophy of law and plenty of other topics here.
  6. Engage: Conversations in Philosophy: Follow this blog for intriguing discussions and questions about social responsibility, public policy, civil disobedience and more.
  7. Feminist Legal Theory: Learn all about feminist legal theory from this blog, published by the UC Davis School of Law.

Business Law

Business law professors will find plenty of resources and commentary on these blogs.

  1. M&A Law Prof: Read about mergers and acquisitions and major cases within the industry from Brian JM Quinn and Michael A. Woronoff.
  2. May It Please the Court: J. Craig Williams blogs about legal news and mostly business law subjects.
  3. The Conglomerate: This blog follows and analyzes top business law cases and economic policy.
  4. The Becker-Posner Blog: This prominent blog covers practically everything, but it’s a great resource for business and economics law.
  5. The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation: HLS faculty and fellows share commentary about business law, banking, and more.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 10, 2009 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

List of Law School Bloggers

Evidence Prof Blog is putting together a list of law professors who blog, available here. Unlike some other lists, adjunct profs are included and therefore, this blog is included. Readers may find this posting of interest.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 

September 30, 2009 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)