* Is this just a perverse case of giving them what they want? [Chicago Sun-Times]
* Or, unless this guy is developmentally disabled or the kid in Mask, is it just about attention? [Des Moines Register]
* Jesse James is the kind of guy you’d want around to deter stalkers. [People]
* Note to father of depressed/anorexic woman: a $77,000 tab is sketchy… but so is free treatment. [Star Tribune]
* Not content with designing god-awful, Talitha Getty-inspired tunics and dressing up like JonBenet on a nightly basis, “socialites” busy their idle hands with a potential lawsuit. [New York Post]

Alex Kozinski.jpgThe brilliant and irascible Judge Alex Kozinski, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, has handed down his opinion on blogs, and it’s scathing. The audio link is down, but Orin Kerr helpfully gives us the juicy bits:

ERIC GOLDMAN: So but what about blogs? . . .

JUDGE ALEX KOZINSKI: I hate them, hateful things.

ERIC GOLDMAN: Why do you hate blogs? . . . .

JUDGE ALEX KOZINSKI: I just think it’s so self-indulgent, you know. “Oh, I’m so proud of what I’m saying, I think the world instantly wants to know what I’m thinking today.” People wake up thinking, . . . . “I wonder what great thoughts have come into his mind this morning that I can feel myself edified by. I can’t really have breakfast — really enjoy my day — until I hear the great thoughts of Howard Bashman!” I don’t think so. I go for months without ever knowing what Howard has to say. So I don’t know. I find it sort of self-indulgent. And I find it grandiloquent. And I find it annoying, particularly if I’m in an audience and people are sitting there typing in their computers.

Why is Kozinski picking on Bashman? How Appealing is the opposite of grandiloquent; it’s essentially a just-the-facts clearinghouse for the day’s news.
If the self-nominated judicial superhottie and recent ATL critic has a beef with grandiloquent blogs, a more fitting target might be the one run by his former clerks, Eugene and Sasha: the verbose Volokh Conspiracy!

We’re coming to you this morning from about three hours east of LEWW, in Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia (my two-time alma mater), R.E.M., and well, to be honest, not much else that anyone except us cares about. We, like Laurie, are both honored to be filling in and not prone to referring to ourselves in the first-person singular.
Regular readers will recognize us as 1/2 of the MD team, along with B Clerker. Here’s our self-introduction from October of last year, when we started helping out with MD, for those of you who missed it and/or those of you who, like Loyola 2L, are concerned about our legal credentials. (For the record, UGA Law is tied with 7 schools for 36th in the latest USNWR rankings. Come on, USNWR, an 8-way tie? Make a decision! We need to know whether we can look down on Hastings graduates!)
At any rate, we’re no David Lat and we know it, but we will nevertheless do our best to entertain and inform in his absence. So keep the tips coming, keep reading, criticize us freely if you think we suck (I’m sure you won’t have any problem with that), and remember, no matter what you think of us, Lat will be back next week (and so will we, with MD).

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Good morning from Birmingham, which we’ve got all to ourselves because most of the state is in Tuscaloosa at football practice. We are honored to be filling in here while David takes a well-deserved vaycay.
Recent readers know us as the neww LEWW, but while wedding commentary may be our specialty (well, that and tax law, theoretically), we occasionally do skim the other sections of the paper. And although we won’t pretend to be quite as knowledgeable about the current hot legal scandals as David is, we’re every bit as good at avoiding the first-person singular!
As David noted, we’re also checking the mail, so please continue to send your tips, suggestions, and salacious gossip to the usual ATL address: tips AT abovethelaw DOT com. (Actually, the mail is supposed to be forwarding itself to us, but at the moment it’s not, so for now please cc kitchencabinetblog AT gmail DOT com. And if you sent anything last night or this morning, please re-send to both addresses.) We will, of course, zealously protect our tipsters’ identities, per ATL policy.

April 2007 calendar Above the Law blog.GIFWe’re going on vacation this week. It’s our first real vacation since we started at ATL (back in July 2006, a few weeks before the site launch in August).
While we’re gone, two guest editors will fill in for us. Both of them already contribute to ATL:

Laurie Lin, who writes Legal Eagle Wedding Watch; and

Billy Merck, who writes Morning Docket (in alternating weeks, with B Clerker).

We’re confident that Laurie and Billy will keep you entertained and informed while we’re away. Please help them out by submitting tips, story suggestions, and feedback, to the usual ATL address: tips AT abovethelaw DOT com.
Thanks for reading. See you in May!

Legal Eagle Wedding Watch NYT wedding announcements Above the Law.jpgIn response to our request for help with Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, we received many excellent applications. After much deliberation — picking among so many qualified applicants was tough — we finally selected a new LEWW writer.
Please welcome Laurie Lin to the pages of ATL! Here’s a little bit about her:

Laurie is a YLS graduate and sometime D.C. tax attorney currently living in the deep South. She had her own lawyer-lawyer wedding last summer and is accepting bids on the three-foot stack of Martha Stewart Weddings in her closet. She also blogs at The Kitchen Cabinet.

Laurie proposed a revamp of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, which she demonstrated in her audition piece. We liked her fresh take on the column.
Please check out her inaugural LEWW post, after the jump.

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Ring the alarm! This just in, from the Harvard Crimson:

Harvard Law Review Above the Law blog.gifThe Harvard Law Review is cited less and less in decisions by federal courts, in keeping with a trend across several major law reviews, according to a study published last month by staff at the Cardozo Law Review of Yeshiva University.

The researchers found that the Harvard journal was cited 4,410 times in federal courts during the 1970s, but only 1,956 in the 1990s, and 937 so far in this decade—despite an increase in the number of cases brought to courts.

It’s ’cause judges are citing Wikipedia so much these days — plus all those darn blogs….
Fewer Cases Cite Harvard Law Review [Harvard Crimson via How Appealing]
When Is It Appropriate to Cite to Wikipedia? [Concurring Opinions]
Courts Citing Blogs [Volokh Conspiracy]

* Those wacky middle-school art teachers. [Daily Southtown]
* Not the lawsuit we’d expect from an office party gone wild. [CNN]
* Metal will always be big in Scandinavia. It’s not like a German couple calling their kid “Knight Rider.” [Yahoo! News]
* He’s free at last, the douche is free at last! In my defense, it’s been a boring day. [San Francisco Chronicle]

survey reader survey study Above the Law blog.jpgThanks to everyone who took the Above the Law reader survey (now closed). We appreciate your taking the time to tell us — and our advertisers — a little bit about yourselves. Special thanks to those of you who offered us comments and feedback on ATL.
The survey results are similar to those from the one we conducted about six months ago. Here are the highlights:
Gender: 64 percent male.
Median age: 29.
Education 72 percent of you have a JD, and 99 percent are college grads. You’re a smart bunch.
Average annual household income: $118,000. This figure is about 20 percent higher than it was six months ago ($99,000). Our thanks to Simpson Thacher.
Occupation: 50 percent of Above the Law readers are lawyers or judges; 14 percent are law clerks; 19 percent are students.
Consumer habits: ATL readers are an appealing group demographically:
• 32% have taken a flight for business in the past 30 days
• 47% have taken a flight for leisure in the past 30 days
• 54% have gone to the movies in the past 30 days
• 55% have managed their investments online
• 41% have used the internet to research cars over the past 6 months
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Earlier: Some Interrogatories from Your Friends at ATL
ATL Readers: ‘Handsome, Clever, and Rich’

Cobra Kai Kobre Kim Above the Law blog.jpgThe legal ninjas of Cobra Kai Kobre & Kim are coming after our friends at DealBreaker. Yikes.
Good luck, guys! We’re pulling for you.
P.S. Our esteemed colleague, DealBreaker editor John Carney, is also a lawyer (who practiced at Skadden for several years). So he’s not as easily intimidated by scary lawyer letters as most other blog editors.
Update: Filing lawsuits against bloggers — all the cool kids are doing it!
Solengo Seeks Court Order To Strip DealBreaker Of Brochure [DealBreaker]
As Pitch Leaks to Web, a Hedge Fund Wants Quiet [DealBook]
Earlier: Will Our Big Sibling Get Sued?

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