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September 6, 2010

Some background on my law blog affinity (and a request for feedback and recommendations)

For anyone interested in a little background on why I am such a fan of the medium of blogging, consider checking out this new piece appearing in The National Law Journal.  In addition, I wrote a law review article a few years ago on the topic of law professor blogging, which can be found at this link.

Relatedly, I am always eager for student feedback on this particular blogging forum --- e.g., would you like more posts, more optional reading, more links to other law blogs, more discussion of topics other than criminal law, or should I just leave good enough alone.  

Also, I would be curious to know if there are other blogs authored by lawyers or law students (or thoughtful non-law blogs) that you regularly read and/or especially enjoy.

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I personally enjoy the types of blog posts that you are currently writing - I think that they are a good mix of current events and questions to ponder.

I like to be able to link the theories I am learning in class to current issues in the world because it is easiest for me to learn when I see it in a context that I am more familiar with. So far I have really enjoyed the articles that you have linked both on this site and your personal blog, as I am more familiar with the topics, and have enjoyed trying to link them to the utilitarian and retributivist theories we have been discussing in class.

While I do not know of any good legal blogs, I do enjoy reading dailykos.com for all of my political commentary.

Posted by: Paia LaPalombara | Sep 7, 2010 9:48:54 PM

Very helpful, Paia. Thanks!!

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 7, 2010 10:06:16 PM

I like the current events, as well. It makes it more relevant to the class discussion. It might be helpful if there was a place for us to post articles/stories that we find interesting. Like the following article on 'geriatric incarceration' from www.washingtonpost.com about the Virginia prison system "Toeing the Line between Nursing Home and Prison": http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/07/AR2010090706514.html?hpid=artslot

With the cost so high for taking care of these aging inmates, should we just let them out? Are they still morally blameworthy at the age of 80-something? With the baby-boomer generation getting older and older, this number of senior citizen inmates is only going to grow.

Posted by: Luke@CrimLaw | Sep 8, 2010 11:14:29 AM

Great idea, Luke. I may soon try to use the new CarmenWiki resource to create a wiki for the class, though I have so far had some problems with the software. In any event, as you have shown, you can use the comments to spotlight stories of interest AND I can/will post such stories in a separate entry if/when there is express student interest.

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 8, 2010 1:46:59 PM

I think I have now created a CarmenWiki for our class here:

But I am not 100% I have done this right (or that this is a good idea). In other words.... HELP!?!?!?

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 8, 2010 2:05:45 PM

I was unable to access the CarmenWiki site.... I do enjoy the blog, though, and echo the above comments about the good mix of relevant current events and class-related questions to ponder. I do think the CarmenWiki, in theory, is a great idea... It would be especially helpful if we could all share documents, PDFs, articles or other miscellaneous electronic items. For those of us who are not as familiar with the blogosphere/concept of blogging, it could be a useful alternative.

Posted by: Michael Shoenfelt | Sep 9, 2010 10:13:28 AM

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