Saturday, January 17, 2009
What with the abrupt transition from the holidays and conferencing in San Diego to beginning-of-the-semester catch-up, I haven't found time to properly thank Paul for his last several years of service to Workplace Prof Blog and his ongoing service to the labor/employment law academic community. A few months after I inherited the blog that Rafael Gely had founded but then discontinued, while I was still in the process of emailing every labor/employment professor individually to let them know I was resurrecting the blog, I received an email out of the blue from Paul asking whether I was interested in having a co-blogger. I immediately accepted, and it was the best blog-related decision I ever made.
Paul has a level of energy that I wish I had when I was 20. He's been a compulsive blogger, which no doubt helps explain why he's feeling burned out. His posts often dug beneath the superficial story to the deeper meaning below. He's a team player in the best sense of the phrase -- one of the things I like most about Workplace Prof Blog -- and it's a value Paul helped instill -- is that it's not about the bloggers, but rather about helping readers forge and maintain connections in the labor/employment law academic community.
Paul's a brilliant academic, a cheerleader for all of us, a great friend, and an all-around fantastic person. It's been a privilege working with him on the blog, and it's comforting to know that the one thing Paul will never be to anyone is a stranger.