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Welcome

What do you get when you combine an astounding 33 female law professors and a blog? You get Feminist Law Professors, a meta-group blog that looks to be a must-read. The blog looks like it is mostly an Ann Bartow creation, but the sidebar credits include a number of very interesting names. Welcome to the blogosphere, FLP!

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Introducing Guest Blogger Dan Filler

dan-filler2.bmpWe’re delighted that Dan Filler will be guest blogging here over the next few weeks.

Dan is a Professor of Law at the University of Alabama, where he teaches courses in criminal law and directs a capital defense clinic. He received his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from NYU. Before entering teaching he clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips on the Fourth Circuit, practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton, and served as a public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Bronx Defenders. His newest article, The New Rehabilitation, is forthcoming in 91 Iowa L. Rev. __ (2006). His other publications include Silence and the Racial Dimension of Megan’s Law, 89 Iowa L. Rev. 1535 (2004), Terrorism, Panic and Pedophilia, 10 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law 345 (2003), From Law to Content in the New Media Marketplace, 90 Cal. L. Rev. 1739 (2002), and Making the Case for Megan’s Law: A Study in Legislative Rhetoric, 76 Indiana L.J. 315 (2001).

We greatly look forward to Dan’s visit.

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Great To Be Here

Thank you to Dan, Dave, and the rest of the CO Gang for inviting me to make a guest appearance here. I suspect I’ll spend much of my first week commenting on the Alito hearing, which connects nicely to my scholarly and teaching interests, but whatever the nature of our discussion, I am very much looking forward to taking part in this virtual community of legal reflection.

In the weeks ahead I will try to take my responsibilities here seriously, knowing that CO’s reputation for analysis and insight is both important and the product of many individuals’ hard work. I fully expect also to have some fun, which should be easy given the wit and good humor of my co-bloggers.

Incidentally, the youngster in the photo with me is my son Steven, who will be 4 next month. Laura and I also have another son, Michael Jr., who is 5.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Robert Tsai

robert-tsai1.jpgWe’re very fortunate that Robert Tsai will be joining us for the next few weeks. Robert is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and then clerked for U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, S.D.N.Y., and the Honorable Hugh H. Bownes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Among Robert’s recent articles are Fire, Metaphor, and Constitutional Myth-Making, 93 Geo. L.J. 181 (2004) (discussing metaphor and free speech); Sacred Visions of Law, 90 Iowa L. Rev. 1095 (2005), (exploring the symbolic role of Marbury v. Madison and Brown v. Board of Education); Democracy’s Handmaid, forthcoming in 86 Boston U. L. Rev. (2006) (examining democracy, popular language, and constitutional law). Other papers by Robert are available on SSRN here.

Robert also has a forthcoming book about the First Amendment with Yale University Press: Eloquence and Reason: Cultivating Freedom of Expression.

Please give Robert a warm welcome!

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Introducing Guest Blogger Mike Dimino

mike-dimino2.jpgJoining us from Widener University School of Law is Assistant Professor Michael Dimino. After an internship in the Public Information Office of the U.S. Supreme Court, Mike attended Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he was an articles editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. After graduating, he clerked for Judge Albert Rosenblatt on the New York Court of Appeals (2001-03), then for Judge Laurence Silberman on the D.C. Circuit (2003-04) and Judge Paul Friedman on the D.C. District (2004).

Mike began teaching at Widener in 2004, where he teaches constitutional law, criminal procedure, legislation, Supreme Court politics, and election law. He writes on judicial selection issues, including the First Amendment and judicial campaigning. Some of his publications include: Counter-Majoritarian Power and Judges’ Political Speech, 58 Fla. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2006); The Worst Way of Selecting Judges – Except All the Others That Have Been Tried, 32 N. Ky. L. Rev. 267 (2005); The Futile Quest for a System of Judicial “Merit” Selection, 67 Alb. L. Rev. 803 (2004); Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Robe: Judicial Elections, the First Amendment, and Judges as Politicians, 21 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 301 (2003). He also has a book review of Lee Epstein & Jeff Segal’s Advice and Consent coming out later this year in the Texas Review of Law and Politics. For more information about Mike, visit his webpage.

We’re delighted to have Mike on board for the next few weeks.

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Signing Off

Well, it looks like my guest slot time is now up. So I’d like to thank Dan Solove and the rest of the Concurring Opinions bloggers for inviting me to hang my hat here over the holidays. This has been a great introduction for me to the “blawgosphere,” and it has been fun taking part in the opinionated conversations. You might not know this, but Dan, in addition to being a prominent legal scholar and writer of consistently thoughtful posts on CO, is really a fantastic and well-organized host to guest bloggers.

In retrospect, I’ll count it among my achievements here that I helped give critical mass to the new Wiki category of posts — and thanks to all the commenters here for all your thoughts. Good luck to the Concurring Opinions collective in 2006 — may you continue to ascend the Technorati rankings!

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AALS Blawg Happy Hour: A Reminder

drink2a.jpgThis is a reminder about our happy hour, in conjunction with PrawfsBlawg, during the AALS conference this week in Washington, DC. The happy hour will be held at Cloud, on Wednesday, January 4th at 9:30 PM.

Cloud is at 1 Dupont Circle NW, which is on New Hampshire Avenue just south of Dupont Circle. Click here for directions.

I hope that many readers are able to attend. Please RSVP if you haven’t already, but you’re welcome to stop by even if you haven’t RSVP’d.

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AALS Blawg Happy Hour: More Details

drink2a.jpgHere are more details about our happy hour, in conjunction with PrawfsBlawg, during the AALS conference in Washington, DC. It will be held at Cloud, on Wednesday, January 4th at 9:30 PM.

Cloud is at 1 Dupont Circle NW, which is on New Hampshire Avenue just south of Dupont Circle. Click here for directions.

I hope to meet many readers of the blog in person.