Flog this blog, please!

This post is directed to lawyers who practice in federal court.  Federal judges can chime in too (anonymously if they like). In fact, anyone can add their two cents worth. But, mostly, I want to hear from federal practitioners.

One of my main purposes in writing this blog was to use this new medium as an educational device about the federal trial courts and the judges who serve there.  Now, some 450 plus posts into this endeavor, it strikes me that I ought to get a read on what federal practitioners don’t like about this blog.

Put on your big boy and big girl pants, and tell me honestly about the things that you hate about this blog, things you wish I would ignore, things I ignore that you would like to see, writing style, bad words, judicial ethics and criticisms like that.  I DO NOT want pats on the back. I want real criticism.

So, if you get a moment, add a critical comment about what you don’t like.  Be tough and honest. Good snark is always appreciated.

Let the flogging begin!



10 responses

  1. RGK, You must have a masochistic streak. With all the flogging you’ve taken recently, now you are asking for more? Hilarious.
    Priscilla Smith

  2. There’s not enough inside stuff and I want to know more behind the scenes stuff of being a Judge. Beyond the secret handshakes and special underwear, there must be more stuff. For example, in relation to being a member of the President’s Cabinet, I learned that the Secretary’s have dinner together before the President’s State of the Union (click here and listen to the fascinating interview: http://paulharrisonline.blogspot.com/2013/02/my-brothers-big-night.html). It need not be like Above the Law from the inside, but there’s all sorts of stuff that doesn’t get reported but is still fascinating. Now, you may not want to post it because of deference, privacy and confidentiality, but some of it must be within range of publishable, sort of along the lines of former Acting Secretary Harris.

  3. Priscilla,

    Masochistic? (Hits head with hand.)

    There I go again blogging about the psychosexual development of old men. Shit, I can’t win for losing.

    All the best.


  4. Vince,

    I am tempted to say, “Take better cases.” But, in truth, that probably wouldn’t matter.

    All the best.


  5. anonymouse,

    Good idea, but harder, as you suggest, to do than one might imagine. Collegiality is a fragile thing. I will do some thinking on how to do “first person” stuff when I can. By the way, the audio clip of former Acting Secretary Harris was truly fascinating.

    All the best.


  6. Seems like your focus is much more on the criminal side, with relatively little attention to civil cases. That said, I am an irregular reader, so maybe I have missed posts focusing more on the civil justice system.

  7. David,

    I think you are right. But, see this weekend’s post about the Seventh Amendment and a proposal from a thoughtful professor. All the best.


  8. RGK – this is not a question about what to do the do not like about your blog. I find it enlightening. I’m curious though about the rapid rise of incarceration in the U.S. Frankly, it strikes me as just plain embarrassing. So, I’d like your view of what on earth we’ve done wrong. I fear that one day we will reap the whirlwind.

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