Thursday, March 13, 2008
Just like President Nixon leaving the White House with arms raised high and head unbowed, so too am I leaving the White Collar Crime Prof Blog -- how's that for a final image. I guess I could have used Eliot Spitzer as my model for a quick exit.
While I didn't last quite as long on the blog as "Tricky" Dick, a bit less than three-and-a-half years, but I was around longer than Spitzer's sixteen months as Governor of New York. And I'm not leaving as an unindicted coconspirator either, at least not as far as I know. But seriously, folks . . . it has been a great deal of fun to write on this blog, and I've made a number of new friends and contacts over the last three years. More importantly, I've learned quite a lot about the law, some of it from looking up cases, statutes, and court documents to figure out what was going on to compose a post, and more than a few times from the helpful comments of readers correcting my many mistakes. Over the course of a couple thousand posts -- and way too many words in most of them -- I hope I've become a better writer and a bit more observant. One of the joys of doing the blog is following cases on a regular basis, which gives me a much better understanding of how they unfold.
I owe a significant debt of gratitude to Ellen Podgor, my co-editor of this blog and co-author on more than a few projects. We got into this endeavor almost on a whim, talking about it for a few minutes during one of our many telephone conversations and basically diving into the blog without knowing where it would go. At one point we said we'd consider it a major achievement to have 500 viewers in a day -- we now average over 1,000 on weekdays, and your reading what we write is much appreciated. Ellen and I disagreed about .1% of the time about items in the blog, and even then it was a principled difference, and she has been terrific to work with. She plans to continue the blog, so it remains in good hands.
For those worried that I may be out roaming the streets looking to create mischief without the blog, fear not -- I have more than enough to keep me busy. For those who forwarded items from various cases, please stay in touch because I plan to continue to follow developments in the field. White collar crime is now much more than just a niche, what with all those politicians with their assignations and CEOs looking to inflate revenue and earnings, so I suspect it will remain that way.
Thanks again, and as Steely Dan once sang, "Sue me if I play too long," but don't try it as a civil RICO claim. Aloha!
-- Peter Henning