New blog to cover California Supreme Court

I received an invitation yesterday afternoon to attend a reception to celebrate the launch of a new blog “focused on providing substantive coverage of issues concerning the Supreme Court of California,” and billed as a joint project of the California Constitution Center at Berkeley Law and the Hastings Law Journal: SCOCAblog.

I don’t know if I was randomly chosen for an invitation or I was invited because I am a blogger on appellate issues. It’s nice to think it is the latter, and to think that maybe if I throw a link or two to SCOCAblog from time to time, the bloggers there might return the favor.

Oddly, yesterday I wasn’t able to find any trace of news about the impending launch other than what is contained in my invitation. I found nothing about it at the website for either of the endeavor’s partners, and going to in a web browser brought up the same generic page brought up for any other inactive URL; there was no “coming soon,” “under construction,” or other message hinting that SOCAblog was on its is way. You would have thought it was a big secret.

This morning is a different story. Though yesterday’s invitation announced a launch date of November 24, 2014, the blog appears to have launched ahead of schedule.

Blogroll Addition: California Attorney’s Fees

Regular readers know I am fond of covering attorney’s fee cases.  Now there’s a blog about nothing but California attorney’s fees, and it’s called, oddly enough, California Attorney’s Fees.  Started less than a month ago, California Attorney’s Fees is a comprehensive blog that reports on both published and unpublished cases and includes several categories related to the appeal of fee awards, including appealability, appeal sanctions, and deadlines.  And, they invite you to help add more.

California Attorney’s Fees demonstrates that it is not only newer lawyers who are blogging.  The junior of the two contributors, Marc Alexander, has 25 years of law practice under his belt, and his co-blogger, Mike Hensley, has nearly 30.

Welcome aboard, guys.

Hat tip: Cal Biz Lit.

Sad to Go with Happy – “Decision of the Day” is No More

I almost feel a little guilty celebrating my blogging anniversary today reading that Robert Loblaw at Decision of the Day is hanging up his keyboard. His announcement says he is saying “farewell to the frenzy” and describes the history of his blog.

Many law bloggers, including yours truly, will miss his writing, which I once described as “Gold . . . Pure Gold.” He’s done a stellar job for years, If I tried to keep up the pace he did, I probably would have been beaten into the ground long ago. When I put his blog in my top 10, I wrote, “I still can’t figure out how Loblaw gets these posts up so close on the heels of the release of the decisions. It’s as if the courts e-mail the decisions straight to his brain.”

Good luck to you, Robert Loblaw!

Blogroll Addition: Judgment Day

Judgment DayI discovered the new blog Judgment Day a couple of weeks ago, when my stats page showed that it linked to The California Blog of Appeal. The blogger there is an anonymous attorney who dies work as appointed counsel on criminal appeals in New York and goes by the nom de blog (or is that nom de blogue?) Blakely, after Blakely v. Washington (2004) 542 U.S. 296 . Notwithstanding his (or her) New York home base, Blakely has already had a number of posts relevant to California practice.

Welcome aboard, Blakely. And congratulations on the second-best blog name ever (according to me, that is).

Blogroll Addition: Have Opinion, Will Travel

When I started this blog nearly a year ago, I wanted my blogroll to include blogs written by judges. I searched high and low for them, with very few results.

Not too long ago, I ran across Have Opinion, Will Travel, a blog by an anonymous appellate judge of unknown jurisdiction. The judge’s blogging goes beyond law, but the legal issues discussed are often interesting. The blogger provides a particularly interesting view on the role of the appellate judge, posted prominently at the top of the blog:

Appellate judges sit above the fray as the battle unfolds beneath and when the smoke clears and the dust settles, they descend from their lofty perches and shoot the wounded.

I never quite looked at it that way.

New Blogroll Listing: The Complex Litigator

Close shot of Rodin's The Thinker at the Musée Rodin.Image via Wikipedia

I’ve added The Complex Litigator, a very young blog, to my blogroll under the “Blogs – 9th Circuit State – California” category. Its subtitle:

A California-centric collection of comments and resources concerning the practice and procedures that make complex litigation and class actions uniquely challenging.

Every time you think all the legal niches are taken, a new law blog comes along to surprise you. And it starts with one of the best first posts of all time, which may actually describe what a lot of us law bloggers felt when we started blogging.

Finally, you gotta love the double meaning in the name. When I read it, I think, “Boy, that litigator is sure a complex guy.” The blog has a sculpture in its header image, but I think I would have used “The Thinker” (pictured) instead.

Welcome aboard to The Complex Litigator!

Hat tip: Wage Law.

(Photograph used wth permission pursuant to terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.)

Law Blog Directories

Sorry for the lack of posting recently.  I got laid low by a virus that kept me working part time, at best, the first half of last week and at home on Thursday and Friday.

So I’m easing my way back in with this easy post.

I’ve added five law blog directories to the blogroll under the clever category heading of “Law Blog Directories.”  Might be helpful if you’re looking for something specific in the law blogosphere.

Appellate Powerhouse Launches Punitive Damages Blog

200711271650.jpgNew to the blogroll is the California Punitive Damages blog, launched recently by appellate powerhouse Horvitz & Levy. I’m told by Curt Cutting, one of the regular contributors at the new blog (and, I’m pleased to say, a regular reader of The California Blog of Appeal), that besides covering appellate decisions on the topic, the blog will cover “proposed legislation, academic commentary, significant decisions from other jurisdictions, and anything else that relates to California punitive damages litigation.”

Congratulations to you and your fellow contributors on your launch, Curt!

New Links in Sidebar

I’ve added RSS feeds to the right sidebar, below the category listing, with the self-explanatory headings of “Blogosphere Coverage of California Appeals” and “Blogosphere Coverage of the Ninth Circuit.” These feeds are of search results from Google Blog Search for keywords designed to return results in line with these topics.

Two things I am still experimenting with. First, I haven’t figured out a way to exclude links to my own posts, so some of the titles will look familiar. Second, I may be tweaking the search terms in the next few days if I don’t see the content changing much from day to day. Give it some time if the lists look static to you.

Return of “Underneath Their Robes” Blog?

Yesterday, the irreverent blog about the federal judiciary, “Underneath their Robes,” had its first new post in nearly nine months.  The sole commenter takes the blogger, David Lat, to task, complaining that the self-congratulatory post referencing Lat’s article in the New York Times was an inappropriate way to end the blog’s 9-month silence.

I’m surprised there are not more comments regarding the absence.  Perhaps people aren’t bothering to check UTR any more.  Could this new post mean it is coming back, or does it mean instead that we’ll get a new post only when Lat wants to plug one of his articles?

Military Additions to the Blogroll

Let me join Appellate Law & Practice in welcoming the Military Justice Blog to the legal blogosphere. According to the blog’s subheading, the Military Jusice Blog will include miltary appellate issues. It appears to be an anonymous blog with the profile name “Sacramentum,” which, according to the profile, “was an oath taken by all Roman legionaries on entering the Roman army and was the foundation of military discipline.”

AL & P’s post also referenced CAAFlog, a well-established blog by seven contibutors following developments in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF).

I remember reading while I was a Marine Corps officer (in fact, it might have been asigned reading) about a newspaper columnist who wrote that “Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.” Call me a cynic, but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t paying a compliment.

I only served on one court martial. Other than that, I didn’t have much exposure to the military justice system. But I know there are some talented, dedicated lawyers in the military. They do tough work under difficult conditions, and my hat’s off to ’em.