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Invite a bevy of writing-inclined lawyers who also happen to be prolific bloggers to a conference about writing about lawyers, and what do you get? A bevy of blog posts about the conference -- and about each other. And after reading David Lat's round-up today of these various posts, I have to say, Who knew writing about the law could be such a party?

The New York Law School conference, Writing About the Law: From Bluebook to Blogs and Beyond, had a scholarly and intriguing agenda. But the post-mortem from the blogosphere suggests that socializing ranked a close second to scholarship. Consider Overlawyered blogger Walter Olson. Somehow, I've never equated "senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute" with "party animal." Now that I've read his post from the conference, Social Life of a Blawger, I see him in a new light. The social life Olson describes includes meeting conservative law prof and blogger Ann Althouse, who blogs the event as well, posting photos of herself hobnobbing with Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick and others and a YouTube video of her with The Volokh Conspiracy blogger Randy Barnett. True to form, Lat himself posted insightful observations about the hotness of the 3Ls he encountered while at NYLS.

If this all seems ripe for a bit of ridicule, then the folks at Quizlaw have just the tonic in their post, Blawgers are Dirty Swingers. Taking their cue from Olson's post, they go on to engage in a bit of  speculative blawger coupling.

In fairness to the conference, all was not mere fun and games. For a wrap-up of the substantive panels, see Legal Theory Blog here, here and here.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 22, 2007 at 06:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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