Monday, February 13, 2006

Blogging on Blogs, and an Orgy of Hyperlinks

Oh, goody, another way of ranking law schools: by number of professors who blog. University of Chicago, cheaters, signed up a huge chunk of their faculty on a group blog called ... wait for it... The Faculty Blog. Chicago's blog rating: 14 professors... but only 3 blogs.

Cincinatti ranks unexpectedly high with 4 professors in 4 blogs... but their titles have an eerie similarity, to wit: TaxProf Blog; CrimProf Blog; Health Law Prof Blog; and Legal Writing Prof Blog. Odd, I say, and I dig deeper, as only someone uniquely skilled in the use of a mouse button can dig...

And Oh, good Lord! there's a network of Law Professor Blogs, and they have cleverly snatched up almost all the good names, such as "Environmental Law Prof Blog," and "Media Law Prof Blog," and "State & Local Government Law Prof Blog," and "White Collar Crime Prof Blog," and "Wills, Trusts and Estates Prof Blog," and... well, you get the idea. Dibs, though, on "Legal Blogging Prof Blog," which I will hold in trust for when 3LEpiphany wants it.

NYU boasts two professors, one with his own blog, the other a contributor to a group blog called "Supreme Court Extra," which has the worst internal links I've ever seen. (Check it out if you're the kind of numbskull who cares about verifying trivial gripes like that.)

U of Michigan has 3 professors contributing to 2 group blogs and 1 individual blog... but the individual blog is "devoted to reporting and commenting on developments related to Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004)." So I'm not going to go to that blog ever, until somebody both tells me what it means, and forces me to read about it for a class.

Harvard, 2 blogs by 2 profs, including one which I find almost impenetrably idiosyncratic, but I say that like it's a good thing. And there's something about a wiki, which I know from nothing, but maybe it's a good thing, too.

UCLA, impressive beyond its reputation, what with Volokh Conspiracy and Professor Bainbridge; Yale, of course, is not only Yale, but hosts (if that is the word) Balkinization... Berkeley has one professor who blogs, as a contributor to "Supreme Court Extra," vide supra...

Excuse me? One? The law school on the cutting edge of intellectual property scholarship, home of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, has one single professor who blogs? And not even on his own? And I can't even find him in the blog's own index, because its organization is for crap, or maybe he just hasn't posted anything? He does get points, though, for having been a Rhodes Scholar, clerked for a Supreme Court justice, and been given the first name "Goodwin."

Conspicuously missing from the list of schools with blogging profs: the University of Idaho College of Law.

Now surely that's a mistake.

2 Comments:

At 7:05 AM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

That Harvard wiki is either crazy-stupid or brilliant, and I know which. Really now: You ought to know what a wiki is. "Wikipedia"?

 
At 12:03 PM, Blogger rain_rain said...

Of course I know what a wiki is. A group of people who meet in covens, practice strange rites like "drawing down the moon," and drive compact cars from the early 1980s with faded paint and bumper stickers that say things like "Question Authority." What I don't quite understand is what one is doing at Harvard Law School. They must be more mainstream than I thought.

 

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