• Blogging

    Sticky post (newer posts below this one): CAUTION: This blog has been hacked

    I just got a client inquiry based on a 2008 post, so I looked at the post, and . . . YIKES! I found someone had hacked my blog and inserted advertisements into the post! The advertising links are gone from that post now, and I’ll be changing my a password as soon as I finish with this post, but it looks like I now have to look through my other 800+ blog posts for signs of similar shenanigans. If you run across any odd links anywhere on the blog, please notify me at gregATgregmaylaw.com (replace AT with @) and tell me which post they appear in. (It would be…

  • Announcements,  Blogging

    Congrats and thank you to the new TEN Networks Blog (and welcome, TEN members!)

    The TEN Networks, Inc. launched its blog last week, and the editors graciously designated The California Blog of Appeal as one of its Member Blogs of the Month, along with with Elderupdates.com, the blog of Encino elder law attorney Brian Shepphard. The TEN Networks is the umbrella organization for two business networking groups: The Esquire Network, a fantastic attorney group with a unique meeting structure, of which I am an enthusiastic member; and The Executive Network, which is open to other professionals. I encourage you to check them out. Finally, how fortuitous (divine?) that TEN’s new blog would honor this one around the time I made my shameless plea for…

  • Announcements,  Appellate Blogs,  Blogging

    Shameless request for nominations

    Expert witness service The Expert Institute is taking nominations for entries in its 2015 Best Legal Blog Contest. Do I need to say anything more? OK, here comes the shameless part. Whether you are a years-long fanatical subscriber to this blog whose first action every morning upon waking is to grab your iPhone off your nightstand and check your RSS reader to see if there are any updates to this blog, or someone who just came across this blog yesterday, give some thought to nominating this blog. If you do, you should nominate it in the “niche” category. (If Best Blog By A Guy Who Does The Best He Can With…

  • Blogging,  Blogroll,  California Supreme Court

    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…

  • Blogging

    New, and hopefully improved, design

    Regular readers will note the blog’s new design, which debuts today. When I started my new blog, The Ninth Circuit Blog of Appeals, I utilized a customizable theme that emphasizes search engine optimization. I’ve switched over to the same theme here for the SEO benefits and in order to make the designs of the two blogs similar enough to suggest a relationship. I still have lots of touch-up work to do, but I decided it was better to reopen the blog to access today as scheduled rather than spend another day or two tinkering without substantive updates. So, please bear with me as I clean up around here over the…

  • Announcements,  Blogging

    Now in session: The Ninth Circuit Blog of Appeals!

    Just before Christmas, I announced that this blog would be spinning off a new blog, The Ninth Circuit Blog of Appeals, with the start of the new year. I’m pleased to announce that The Ninth Circuit Blog of Appeals is now in session. This is the follow-up post I promised about how I reached the decision to split this blog and my plans for managing both of them. First, an explanation as to why I am resuming blogging on a more regular basis. As regular readers recall, my blogging frequency dropped off dramatically in 2009. I posted from time to time, but not with the regularity and enthusiasm with which I…

  • Announcements,  Blogging

    Unlike the Ninth Circuit, this blog is soon to be split in two

    And just how, you might be wondering, is a blog with a single blogger going to split up? Since this blog’s inception, I have covered case law and issues in the Ninth Circuit as well as California state court. Based on responses to the blog, however, it appears few people arrive by looking for federal information. Am I missing out on readers — and maybe even business — by having coverage of federal issues buried in a blog called The California Blog of Appeal? Well, I’m going to try to find out. Starting January 1, 2010, your humble blogger is going to be pulling double blog duty, covering case law…

  • Blogging

    Well, just the impetus I needed!

    If you are a regular reader, you know I’ve been AWOL for several months. What started as a short break turned into a hiatus, without so much as an announcement from me. Work and family issues made for such a hugely busy few months. For the past few weeks, I’ve been considering how to get started blogging again. I’ve been mulling a change in focus of the blog, design changes, perhaps starting another one. Something I could do to rekindle my blogging spirit and herald my return to the keyboard. Then, today I was thinking, “No. Forget about grand announcements. Forget about design changes. Forget about a shift in focus.…

  • Blogging,  Ethics,  Legal Humor

    Your RSS feed reader is not malfunctioning

    That’s right, this really is a new post. I didn’t plan to go for more than a month without posting — the longest time I’ve ever had between posts without first announcing a hiatus —  but events got the best of me. Which is OK.  Between clients and the blog, it’s not a close call. I do plan to get a substantive post up this week and get back on a regular posting schedule soon.  Just wanted you all to know the blog has not been abandoned. As a welcome back treat, allow me to share a couple of blawg items I found interestting. First, I just ran across a…

  • Blogging

    I’m on Blogging Hiatus until the New Year

    I’ve had a hard time getting back up to speed since returning from being out sick.  Fighting a lingering cold, catching up on old cases and jumping into new ones . . . being so busy and with Christmas approaching, this seems like a good time to take a blogging break.  I do not plan to post again until at least January 2, 2009. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, a fun New Year’s celebration, and a fantastic 2009.

  • Blogging

    Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! And has anything interesting happened while I’ve been out?

    Just a short post to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving Day. My work schedule remains light as I continue to struggle through whatever crud I have.  Honestly, I thought I’d be over this by now, but the duration of this energy-sapping malady is going on four weeks!  Thanksgiving Day reminds me, however, that I should grateful my illness amounts to nothing more than a severe inconvenience.  I haven’t been looking at the courts’ output for the last month or so, so if there’s anything of appellate interest that you think I should write about, email me with the case information and I’ll try to get to it. I am hopeful that…

  • Blogging

    Where are all the new posts?

    Regular readers who are wondering where I’ve gone (and are, hopefully, disappointed at my lack of posting the last few weeks) should know that the blog lives!  I, on the other hand, have barely felt among the living the last few weeks, dogged by some kind of head/sinus/allergy/flu/who-knows-what-it-is that has really wiped me out.  I’ve been able to work only on those projects demanding my immediate attention.  Since my blog can’t be dismissed for failure to post, while my cases can be dismissed for failure to file, my limited hours of coherence each day have been devoted to my cases. I finally feel like I’m on the mend, and hopefully,…

  • Appellate Procedure,  Blogging,  Publication/Depublication

    Help Out Law Blogger Kimberly Kralowec

    Looks like this is the week for appellate bloggers to embark on projects and solicit help from their readers. Unbeknownst to me until now, the day before I announced my intent to publish a series of posts on the reluctance of lawyers and clients to engage appellate counsel, Kimberly Kralowec (pictured left) at The Appellate Practitioner (better know for her excellent The UCL Practitioner) announced that she will be examining what works when asking the Supreme Court to depublish a case. Toward that end, she’s asking readers to submit successful depublication requests. Send them to her at uclpractitioner@gmail.com.

  • Blogging,  Events

    Report from the Pepperdine Conference on Judicial Opinion Writing

    Pepperdine hosted a conference Wednesday on the craft of judicial opinion writing, with a panel that included Justice Samuel Alito. LA appellate attorney Ben Shatz attended and today posts his write-up of the event at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Blog, En Banc. His post is worth a read, especially if you wish you had been there. Two things jumped out at me from Ben’s report. First: Where were all the lawyers? Ben notes that the auditorium didn’t exactly look empty, but wasn’t close to capacity, either, and he wonders if Justice Alito is unpopular with the bar. Second: Tenth Circuit Judge Michael McConnell gave some praise to the…

  • Articles by Greg May,  Blogging

    The Cover of Rolling Stone CITATIONS

    You youngsters out there may not get the Rolling Stone reference (a big, big, song in the early 70s), but it is an irresistable one for me to make in announcing my newest article, because the article is featured on the cover of the August 2008 CITATIONS (along with my picture, to the great misfortune of the magazine’s subscriber base).  CITATIONS is the monthly magazine of the Ventura County Bar Association (full disclosure: I am on the editorial board). The article is about my experience during my first year or so of blogging. I thought it was timely, given a recent California Lawyer column that advised solo and small firm lawyers against…

  • Blogging

    Survey Results — Such as They Are!

    Two weeks ago, in response to a post I’d seen elsewhere about judges reading blogs, I put up a survey in the right sidebar that asked readers to choose the description that best described them.   During that time, I posted rather lightly, and the blog had a slow few weeks: barely 1300 page views.  With 1300 page views, how many survey participants do you think I had?  100?  200?  500? Try 34. I’m no statistics expert, but I figure that puts the margin of error in the results somewhere around 12,000 percent. The only category with zero responses?  Judge. The responses broke down as follows: Next time, I’ll do…

  • Blogging

    I’m Still Here

    You wouldn’t know it from my blogging output lately, but I’m still here and will continue blogging. I happen to be moving into a new office during a heavy work week, so actually looking at the newly published cases is a real luxury right now. I may get a post or two up this week, but they’re more likely to be links to other blogs rather than original commentary on any new developments. I’ll resume my regular blogging schedule next week. If you haven’t responded to the survey in the right sidebar yet, why not take the opportunity to do it now? The survey comes down Monday morning, June 2.

  • Blogging

    Participate in My Reader Survey, and More About Judges Reading Blogs

    Last Friday’s post about blog-reading judges got my curiosity going about who is actually reading this blog. I’ve placed a survey at the top of the right sidebar asking you which of the responses best describes you. I would appreciate your participation, especially the extra effort any e-mail or RSS subscribers make to actually visit the blog to do so. You only need to respond once (in fact, if I have it set up right, it won’t let you respond more than once, even if you try it on different days). Select your response, then click the “Vote” button. That will take you to a bar graph showing the results…

  • Blogging,  Judges

    Judges Read Blogs

    I’ve noted before some intersections between actual law practice and blogging. There was the blogging jury foreman and the blog where lawyers complained about judges, for example.  There are even some blogs by judges (look in the left sidebar). Now, we have at least anecdotal evidence that judges are reading blogs. Texas appellate lawyer D. Todd Smith posts at his Texas Appellate Law Blog about his chance encounter with a blog-reading judge at a professional event. In fact, the judge is not just a blog reader, but a regular reader of Smith’s blog. So, now I’m really curious. I’m going to fiddle around with some of the poll gadgets for…

  • Blogging

    In re Marriage Cases is Out . . . and the Winner Is . . .

    Well, I was wondering how quickly the first blog post would go up about this morning’s California Supreme Court decision striking down California’s ban on same-sex marriage (at least that’s how I’ve seen the decision characterized — I haven’t read the 161 pages of opinions yet).  The winner, at least among the approximately 200 law blogs in my feed reader, is Legal Pad, at 10:10 a.m.   But I doubt they’re speed readers over there, for the post is pretty spartan.  But they promise regular updates throughout the day, and since it’s a California law blog, it’s probably the blog to watch throughout the day.

  • Blogging,  Legal Research

    Welcome, California Lawyer Readers!

    Welcome to all first-time visitors led here from the mention of me and the blog in the May 2008 California Lawyer article, Debate Heats Up Over Unpublished Opinions. (For those who haven’t seen the piece, it highlights the recent case of Hild v. California Supreme Court (No. C-07-5107-JCS (N.D. Cal. filed Oct. 4, 2007)), which the article describes as arguing “that the state’s publication rules violate Californians’ due-process and equal-protection rights by creating ‘a de facto policy of refusing review of unpublished decisions in civil cases.'” The piece discusses the case in the context of the ongoing debate over whether the rules should allow citation to unpublished opinions.) My original…

  • Blogging

    Brief Upgrade Outage this Weekend

    Time to upgrade WordPress again, this time to version 2.5.1.  I’ll be doing that this weekend, so the blog may be unavailable briefly on Saturday or Sunday.  I tend to do these things in the wee hours, when there’s less traffic, to minimize the disruption.  But you never know.

  • Blogging,  Blogroll

    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…

  • Announcements,  Blogging

    Happy Birthday to The California Blog of Appeal!

    Image via Wikipedia per GNU Free Documentation License The California Blog of Appeal launched at 3:12 pm on April 30, 2007, with a first post entitled “The California Blog of Appeal Will Now Come to Order!” (Seemed clever at the time, anyway.) I don’t think I’ve wandered far from the vision I described in that post.  So, if I may be self-congratulatory for a few minutes . . . This is the 539th post on this blog.  The 539 posts span 135 categories (I may be going a bit overboard on cateogrization) and altogether contain more than 164,000 words. That’s the equivalent of nearly a dozen maximum length civil appellate…

  • Blogging

    Light Posting Week

    Things are a little crazy for me this week, so posting will be light. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll post anything other than the posts I already have in the queue to publish throughout the week. That means I won’t have any breaking news on cases. But I will have a few posts trickling out throughout the week, including a special anniversary post on Wednesday.

  • Blogging,  Blogroll

    New Blogroll Listing: The Complex Litigator

    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,…

  • Blogging

    Blawg Review #155

    Image by DML East Branch via Flickr There once was a blogger named May Who thought he had something to say Then he signed up to host A serial post Blawg Review one five five is today! April is National Poetry Month! Which, in conjunction with hosting Blawg Review #155, makes it Bad Poetry Day here at The California Blog of Appeal. Here’s a haiku version of that introduction: after a weekend considering submissions Blawg Review is here! Ouch. If you’re still reading, allow me to welcome you to Blawg Review #155. Asking me to improve on Blawg Review numbers 1 through 154 is a pretty tall order, and not…

  • Blogging

    Blawg Review Reminder

    This has probably been my lightest week of posting since starting this blog nearly a year ago. I’ve just been swamped this week and haven’t had time to surf the web and review all the opinions I wanted to check. Remember, on Monday, April 14, I’ll be hosting Blawg Review #155. It will be a very different type of post than what you are used to seeing here; so much so that regular readers may assume that the site has been hacked. I’ll resume posting on Tuesday.

  • Blogging,  Legal Research

    A Hunger for Grammar Guidance?

    Image from Wikipedia My biggest day of blog traffic to date (and this blog is nearly a year old) was last Thursday, and more than half of the hits were to my post complaining about the misuse of “which” for “that.” Curious, I checked my Sitemeter stats and saw that a tremendous number of those hits were referred from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, to which I linked in the post. I was ready to attribute the traffic spike to some sort of automated web crawling by the school’s servers, but there were also a huge number of clicks out from my post to several of the links in it.…