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Guestblogger thanks

by Walter Olson on September 1, 2012

Thanks to James Maxeiner (University of Baltimore Law) and Gerald Russello (University Bookman) for their excellent guestblogging during my absence. And if you’re interested in trying your hand at it, there may be a couple of additional openings this fall: email editor – at – overlawyered – dot – com.

Guestblogging season

by Walter Olson on August 6, 2012

August is traditionally the month around here for guestbloggers. If you think you might be the right person to fill in at Overlawyered for a week — a minimum commitment might be at least one post each weekday M-F, not necessarily a long one — email me at editor – at- overlawyered – dot – com.

Guestblogging thanks

by Walter Olson on July 12, 2011

Thanks to copyright and media law maven Ron Coleman for his contributions last week (his popular “DJ Paulie” post drew a link from coveted TechDirt). You can read all of his posts here.

Ronald Coleman, who comments on trademark, copyright, and free speech issues at his blog Likelihood of Confusion, has kindly agreed to join us as a guestblogger this week. You can see all his contributions here. I’ll be continuing some posting of my own as well.


Summer is upon us and with it a wider opening for guestbloggers to join us for what is usually a week of posting. Authors of newly published books and scholarly articles in our fields of interest are particularly welcome. If you’re interested, contact editor – at –

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SSFC (Social Services for Feral Children), whose guestblogging stint here over the holidays was very popular with readers, is shuttering his great solo blog and going back to the groupblog Popehat (”A Group Blog of Games, Politics, Humor, and Snark”) where he writes as “Patrick”. We’ve often linked to the writing of Popehat contributor “Ken” as well, so be sure to add the site to your regular reading.

Many thanks to SSFC for his reader-applauded (and marathon-length) stint guest blogging while I finished a deadline over the holidays. Be sure to check out his blogging at Social Services for Feral Children, where he’s written a nice post on his experience here. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing him back in this space before too long. ABA Journal blawg contest

On a different note, today is the last day of voting in the ABA Journal’s annual best law blog contest, so it’s the last occasion for us to pester you on it. We’ve run up a very decent vote but two other sites put on a big effort to win the “Niche” category this year and we’ll probably lose to one of them (unless Michelle Malkin tells her readers to vote for us or something). Whether or not we win, a strong showing brings visibility to this site, so thanks again for voting. And I’m happy to learn that Overlawyered has now made it to the finalist list for the first time at a second and quite well-known blog award competition. That one hasn’t started yet, so I’ll wait on giving it a proper announcement until Monday when voting begins, but you can see a preview here.

Guest Blogging, and an Introduction

by SSFC on December 19, 2008

Due to deadlines and other real life commitments, Walter Olson has graciously invited me to guest blog here through the holidays, which I shall begin in earnest on Sunday.  I am your lump of coal from Overlawyered.  I regularly blog at my own site, Social Services for Feral Children, to which Overlawyered has linked on several occasions, for which I am deeply thankful.  I am an attorney with a civil defense practice in a medium southern state, and enjoy writing about bizarre or abusive lawsuits among other topics.  You may notice that at my own site I write with a rather more acerbic style (meaning I cuss and call people names) than prevails at Overlawyered.  In keeping with the conventions established here, I shall attempt to maintain a dignified presence in order to avoid spoiling Walter’s holiday.


November 4 roundup

by Walter Olson on November 4, 2008

  • Thanks to guestbloggers Victoria Pynchon (of Negotiation Law Blog) and Jason Barney for lending a hand last week;
  • Will the U.S. government need to sponsor its own motorcycle gang in order to hold on to trademark confiscated from “Mongols” group? [WSJ law blog]
  • With a little help for its friends: Florida Supreme Court strikes down legislated limits on fees charged by workers’ comp attorneys [St. Petersburg Times, Insurance Journal]
  • Stripper, 44, files age discrimination complaint after losing job at Ontario club [, Blazing Cat Fur via Blog of Walker] The stripper age bias complaint we covered eight years ago was also from Ontario;
  • Federal judge green-lights First Amendment suit by college instructor who says he was discriminated against for conservative political beliefs [NYLJ] (link fixed now)
  • Judge orders parties to settle dispute over noisy parrots after it reaches £45,700 in legal costs [Telegraph]
  • How to make sure you’re turned down when applying for admittance to the bar [Ambrogi, Massachusetts]
  • Questions at depositions can be intended to humiliate and embarrass, not just extract relevant information [John Bratt, Baltimore Injury Lawyer via Miller]


Guestblogger volunteers

by Walter Olson on October 23, 2008

Guestbloggers are welcome through the year at Overlawyered, but especially next week, when I’ll be trying to wrap up a big deadline. Drop me a line at editor – at –

Guestblogger thanks

by Walter Olson on September 29, 2008

Thanks to Baylen Linnekin for his guestblogging contributions last week. Be sure to check out his handsomely executed “irreverent food blog”, Crispy on the Outside, whose recent topics include bacon thefts in Lancashire, a new California menu-labeling law, and Quebec’s recent legalization of yellow margarine; of particular interest are his food law and banned categories.


by Baylen Linnekin on September 23, 2008

Greetings. I’m Baylen Linnekin. I am a 3L at American University in Washington, DC–where I serve on the editorial board of the Administrative Law Review–and co-proprietor of the libertarian food blog Crispy on the Outside.

I’m a big fan of Overlawyered and will be guestblogging here for the remainder of the week. (You may have noticed my first posts yesterday.) I’m particularly interested in food law–foie gras and bacon dogs are under legal attack, you know–and will likely be offering a few thoughts in that area in the coming days.

Guestblogger thanks

by Walter Olson on September 1, 2008

Many thanks to Daniel Schwartz who has been filling in over the past week. Check out his work at his Connecticut Employment Law Blog.

Ever wonder who that “Schwartz” is listed under the “Other Law Blogs” links on the right of this page is? (Go ahead and check, I’ll wait.)

Well, it’s none other than me, Dan Schwartz, your guest blogger for the week.  I’m honored to be guest-blogging here for the week — nearly one year after I started my very own Connecticut Employment Law Blog.  When I’m not blogging, I’m a lawyer for Pullman & Comley, a terrific medium-sized firm that represents lots of businesses in Connecticut and beyond.   I’m a mere cub next to Overlawyered’s grizzled vets, but I’ll try to keep up with the pace this week.

So what do I blog about? Well, the blog’s title is that obvious, but it’s a little more than that too.  Crazy laws and strange cases are always ripe for discussion, but so does the item that passes beneath the radar.  Too often, employment cases are given short shrift with important details left out.   Litigation is much more complex than just winners and losers and sometimes the “loser” of the case may actually be the “winner” if they’ve done better than a settlement demand, for instance.

What’s on the agenda this week? You’ll just have to check back.  But keep forwarding those tips, suggestions and feedback.  And my sincere thanks to Walter and the Overlawyered team for the opportunity.

Guestblogger thanks

by Walter Olson on August 18, 2008

Thanks to Jason Barney for holding the fort in my absence last week. We’re expecting another guestblogger along soon as well.

Guest Blogger This Week

by Jason Barney on August 10, 2008

Hello again!  Walter Olson has welcomed me back to help fill in while he’s away.  Don’t forget to check in at Overlawyered’s sister site, which also has a guest blogger this week.  I’ll hit some high points on joint & several liability, wrongful death and might even pick on John Edwards a bit.  You’re welcome to send along any story leads, with special encouragement for leads not picked up on by the national media–many of which come from your local paper or television station.

August is traditionally a prime month for guestblogging opportunities at Overlawyered (as likewise at my other blog, Point of Law) and this year is no exception. One outstanding new volunteer has already stepped forward and will be joining us, but that leaves room for several more. It’s a short commitment (just a week or two) and makes a great way to try out blogging if you’ve never had a go at it, or interest a new set of readers in your blog if you’ve got one already. As always, past guestbloggers and hopeful newcomers are equally welcome to drop me a line: editor – [at] –

Off-topic: Commentary magazine, with which I go way back, and Alarming News threw a pleasant cocktail get-together for New York City political bloggers last night at a bar on Avenue A and 13th (around the corner from the first place I ever lived in New York). I met most of the attendees listed here, along with some others not listed including Fallen Sparrows and the mysterious proprietor of opera blog An Unamplified Voice.

Also, in case it was not clear, I’ve now completed the writing project for which I took the week off. Many thanks to Andrew Grossman (Heritage Foundation) and Jim Copland (Manhattan Institute) for filling in in my absence.