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MEDIA BYTES

Where the law intersects with culture & lifestyle
By Tracy Schorn

WAR AND THE LAW
AS WEAPON
National security blog Lawfare is devoted "to
that nebulous zone in which actions taken or
contemplated to protect the nation interact with
the nation's laws and legal institutions." The topic
couldn't be timelier. This multi-authored blog
is edited by Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in
Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.
The name lawfare "refers both to the use of law
as a weapon of conflict and, perhaps more importantly, to the depressing reality that America
remains at war with itself over the law governing
its warfare with others."

lawfareblog.com

SO YOU WANT
TO BLOG?
There is an infinite number of blogs about
blogging, but one of the best for newbies is Blog
Tyrant. Site creator "Ramsay," a 30-something
Australian techie, offers trenchant advice on
dominating your niche and building a successful
online platform. If you're a solo or small firm, or
just a beginning blogger, and you're wondering
how to navigate Google Analytics or search
engine optimization, write snappy headlines,
or gain thousands of online subscribers, check
out the articles here and the site's engaged
following who offer terrific tips as well.

THE LAW, THE
ABSURD, AND
THE SNARK
For legal humor that goes beyond shark jokes,
consider the humor blog Lowering the Bar by San
Francisco law partner Kevin Underhill. The blog
offers commentary on legal issues of the day,
rounding up absurdities under headers such as
"Assorted Stupidity," "Bad Law Book Titles," and
"Lawsuits (Baffling)," among others. Come for the
headlines, stay for the snark - "Judge's Mystic
Dwarf Friends Identified," "Thank You, Lord, for
Letting Joe Francis Represent Himself at Trial," or
"Nebraska Man Still Pursuing Lawsuit Against God."
Reporting on the craziest nuggets of a lawsuit,
Underhill excels at withering understatement.

blogtyrant.com

loweringthebar.net

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