Having spent last week enjoying a well-undeserved vacation and the past couple of days getting back up to speed with work and personal matters, I'm just now finishing the past couple of Blawg Reviews, Kevin Thompson's hobbit-centric Blawg Review #144 at his Cyberlaw Central blog and Dan Hull's Super Bowl-themed Blawg Review #145 at the What About Clients? blog. Both are outstanding, as one might expect with two legal blogging luminaries helming.
#144 is structured with tremendous artwork and prose from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring series but does not focus on these gems to the best legal blogging of the penultimate week of January. Highlights include choice takes on the ongoing controversy surrounding one lawyer's attempt to trademark the seemingly-generic term "cyberlaw", a criminal lawyer out of his depth in a medical malpractice case, and contrasting approaches to massive financial frauds in the United States and France.
In #145, shellshocked Patriots fan Dan Hull gamely forges ahead to present a thoroughly entertaining review. I was particularly appreciative of this one because it so wonderfully guided me through a great week of legal blogging which passed me by the first time around as I spent several days with the family, blissfully sans computer. Highlights include becoming a culturally-literate and well-rounded listener, rubbing elbows with the notable names in the blawgosphere at the ALM LegalTech New York show, and contentiousness-bred professionalism.