Overlawyered turns 10

by Walter Olson on July 1, 2009

Ten years ago — July 1, 1999 — I put up the first post in this space. You can read the first fifteen days’ worth of posts here.

Thanks for the congratulations and kind words that have been coming in:

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1 VMS 07.01.09 at 8:47 am

Happy B-Day Overlawyered!

2 Bob Lipton 07.01.09 at 8:51 am

Happy birthday!


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3 A.W. 07.01.09 at 9:28 am

congrats. i sometimes wonder if you guys are trying to bail out the pacific ocean with a thimble, but keep fighting the good fight. :-)

Btw, this seems to be more a case of overregulation than overlawyering, but the bar associations are pushing back against new federal rules that would require everyone who bills for their work to check for identity theft. http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202431910679&FTC_Rule_on_Identity_Theft_Draws_Strong_Criticism_From_Bar_Groups

btw, if adopted this rule would mean that literally every person who bills for services after the fact would be required to check for identity theft. which is probably about 90% of working americans. i mean seriously who is paid at literally the same instant as they render services?

4 A.W. 07.01.09 at 9:28 am

and sorry for the ugly html. i didn’t realize it would do that.

5 Bumper 07.01.09 at 10:58 am

Happy Birthday!

OL not just the oldest, but the best.


6 Sam Singer 07.01.09 at 11:07 am

Walter: Congratulations on a decade of public service in bringing fascinating and important news stories to light…and for being a pioneer on the internet.

Wishing you many more years of success, good health and good fortune, Sam Singer

7 David Giacalone 07.01.09 at 1:24 pm

Bravo. Viva il Overlawyered.com!

While The Gang at f/k/a insisted (for a mere six years) that lawyers do right by their clients, Overlawyered has insisted for a decade that lawyers do right by their society. I don’t always agree with your conclusions, but I continue to admire your stamina, commitment, clarity, and prolificacy.

8 Ron Miller 07.01.09 at 3:04 pm

Happy 10th Birthday!

9 ras 07.01.09 at 3:22 pm

10 years? Well, may there be many, many more for your wonderful site.

10 Joe Bingham 07.01.09 at 3:25 pm

Happy Birthday! This was the first legal blog I started following, I believe.

11 Todd Rogers 07.01.09 at 3:35 pm

Congratulations. Proud to be a fan!

12 Richard Nieporent 07.01.09 at 4:14 pm

Wow, ten years of blogging. You are a glutton for punishment! Happy Blogging Birthday!

13 gitarcarver 07.01.09 at 4:58 pm

Ten years?

You don’t look a day over 9 years old.


14 Bill H 07.01.09 at 6:22 pm

I arrived here only a few months ago from a linked article from I think Ace of Spades. I’ve only posted a couple of times- the old “better to keep your mouth shut…” comes to mind. But I’ve gotten to where I like coming here- it’s entertaining, and I’ve learned a few things. All that to add to the chorus for a happy 10th.

15 Bill H 07.01.09 at 6:27 pm

…Void where prohibited by law.

Bob, you forgot to add “Your mileage may vary.” Now I’m going to sue for return of my subscription fee. :)

16 Amy Alkon 07.01.09 at 7:59 pm

Congrats – you’re one of my must-reads!

17 Ted Frank 07.01.09 at 8:29 pm

Congrats indeed. I can verify that you wrote a life-changing blog.

18 BG 07.01.09 at 11:32 pm

On the occasion of a birthday, a famous Owl once wrote on A Useful Pot To Put Things In: “HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY”

Congress seems to believe that my copy of this book (reprint 1961) is not fit to pass on to a child of 10. Thank you (for your other posts too, not just for blogging about the CPSIA) and Happy Birthday to Overlawyered.

19 Virginia Postrel 07.02.09 at 3:54 am

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary–proof that you were way ahead of the curve.

20 Christoph 07.02.09 at 4:21 am

As a German lawyer I work in a legal system where even probably 90% of all PI lawyers tend to agree to almost all of your views – and I learn a lot from you (and from the NY PI law blog, too) about litigation in the U.S., and I enjoy reading this blog every time! – Thank you a lot! Happy birthday!

21 W. Rogers Turner, Jr. 07.02.09 at 8:34 am

congratulations! It is all I can do to generate a weekly newsletter of case summaries for our clients. I can only surmise you do not sleep, or if you do it is for an hour or two maximum. I read and forward links from Overlawyered on a daily basis, and look forward to doing so for a long time. Let us know if you get down to Central Florida. Would love to buy you a beer or three.

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