Lawblog 2008 a Smash in London

Early reports are in from Lawblog 2008, the monster party of law blawgers from the continent.  Held yesterday evening at The Harp in London, featuring such luminaries of the legal blawgosphere as Geeklawyer and Charon QC, with the ever-lovely Miss Ruthie as the Grand Wazoo.

photos-77.jpgFor most Yank blawgers, the opportunity to spend a few hours with our cross-water co-conspirators is a dream come true.  Not to mention, just the chance to be at the beautiful Harp would be more than most could bear, particularly in contrast to the normal American bastion of blawgospheric meetings, the Cracker Barrel.

Thoughtful conversation and detailed discussion of issues of grave import to the legal world took a back seat to the group’s efforts to ascertain what foreign objects were floating in Geeklawyer’s glass of beer.  It was ultimately determined to be irrelevant, as the detritus disappeared when he took a long, hard swig, apparently forgetting that Ms. Ruthie had earlier spewed in a particularly lady-like fashion following a bad dish of bangers and mash.

dirtyThe American blawgospheric representative was none other than Dan Hull, of What about Clients? fame, who has spent the last month touring European capitals in search of dragons to slay.  Finding none, Dan was readily available to join Miss Ruthie in leading the Antler Dance, performed early in the evening. 



Later that evening, after quaffing a few additional Guinness’s in particularly long necked glasses, Dan requested that the European blawgers observe a minute of silence in memory of the American economy.  All complied except Charon QC, who was so deeply moved by Dan’s solemn demeanor that he locked himself in a small white room to be alone with his thoughts.

The quiet was shattered when Dan had enough of the pall he brought over the room by showing everyone the Seattle version of the client appreciation dance, a little something he was taught by Holden Oliver, and which has since become a Hull McGuire staple whenever there’s a full moon.  Miss Ruthie was not impressed.



All told, a wonderful time was had by all and another momentous effort was achieved in intercontinental blawgospheric relations, bringing us all closer together.

It is hoped that this get-together across the blawgosphere will attract even more blawgers around the world, bringing together their thoughts and ideas on the many and diverse subjects of critical importance in law.  In anticipation of this event growing exponentially, Geeklawyer has booked a larger and perhaps more appropriate venue for September 15, 2009, and sends his heartfelt greetings to all who were unable to attend this year and his wishes that they are able to make it next.

But please note, no spouses allowed, although all massively compatible opposite-sex couples will be entitled to one free nuptial, conducted by Charon QC at no additional charge.

Below, Geeklawyer’s impromptu marriage to @jaffne during a pre-Lawblog planning meeting at Covent Garden (which apparently isn’t a garden at all) was captured on film, and is now being used for promotional purposes by Charon QC in his new side-business as Yenta.  Contrary to earlier reports, Miss Ruthie was not at all jealous, but in fact quite relieved.

 

*  Images used in this post are for dramatic effect only, and do not reflect actual dancing skills of any individual named herein.  No animals were hurt during filming, except for the sacrifice of one goat during Geeklawyer’s marriage to @jaffne, and the goat asked for it.

14 comments on “Lawblog 2008 a Smash in London

  1. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Brothers is a big news item? Well, on the truly global front, one WAC? source called last night’s well-attended solicitor-barrister-IP-blogging gathering in London at The Harp “a lot like the Hells Angels Annual Memorial Day Picnic back…

  2. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Brothers is a big news item? Well, on the truly global front, one WAC? source called last night’s well-attended solicitor-barrister-IP-blogging gathering in London at The Harp “a lot like the Hells Angels Annual Memorial Day Picnic back…

  3. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Brothers is a big news item? One WAC? source called last night’s well-attended solicitor-barrister-IP-blogging gathering in London at The Harp “a lot like the Hells Angels Annual Memorial Day Picnic back in in 1968″. Several “institutionalisations” reported….

  4. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Bros. Holdings is a big news item? One WAC? source called last night’s well-attended solicitor-barrister-IP-blogging gathering in London at The Harp “like the Hells Angels Annual Memorial Day Picnic back in in 1968″. Several “institutionalisations” reported. See…

  5. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Bros. Holdings is a big news item? One WAC? source called last night’s well-attended solicitor-barrister-IP-blogging gathering in London at The Harp “like the Hells Angels Annual Memorial Day Picnic back in in 1968″. Several “institutionalisations” reported. See…

  6. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Bros. Holdings is a big news item? One WAC? source called last night’s well-attended solicitor-barrister-IP-blogging gathering in London at The Harp “like the Hells Angels Annual Memorial Day Picnic back in in 1968″. Several “institutionalisations” reported. See…

  7. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Bros. Holdings is big news? One source called last night’s well-attended solicitor-barrister-IP-bloggers’ meet-up in London “like the Hells Angels Memorial Day Picnic in 1968″. Several “institutionalisations” reported. Read Scott Greenfield at WAC?’s new NYC global affairs desk…

  8. What About Clients?

    “LawBlog 2008 A Smash In London”

    You think Lehman Bros. Holdings is big news? One source said of last night’s solicitor-barrister-IP-bloggers’ meet-up in London: “Like the Hells Angels Memorial Day Picnic in 1968″. Several “institutionalisations” reported. Read Scott Greenfield at WAC?’s new NYC global affairs desk…

  9. Charon QC

    Excellent – it is important to develop relations between bloggers on an international scale.

    Sadly, the Archbishop of Canterbury, already none too pleased by my recent stunts outside Lambeth P.alace – walking on The Thames, turning water into Rioja and feeding myself endlessly with loaves and fishes – has told me that living on a houseboat in Chelsea does not give me the powers of a ship’s captain – and he cannot find any record of the US university which conferred a PH.D in Theology on me by email.

    The Archbishop has, therefore, asked me (a) to stop marr.ying people indiscriminately myself and (b) to desist from carrying out unlicensed marriage ceremonies.

    I have replied to the effect that I will give careful weight to his request and will advise when I have heard back from The Pope who is, I understand, a bit more relaxed about part-time, itinerant, miracle doers and is keen to spead his influence in England.

  10. SHG

    I would be happy to make you an honorary member of the tribe, with all rights and privileges due a Rabbi of your stature which would naturally include the authority to solemnize vows of all types.  But there is one catch, requiring the participation of a very benevolent and sure-handed moyel.  Let me know if this would help.

  11. Charon QC

    SHG

    This is a kind offer, indeed. I was rather hoping for some consultancy work from Lehman this month – but I guess that is out of the window. On second thoughts it may be a bit tasteless to talk about things going out of windows.

    Ironically, there was some talk of me assisting AIG with some arson and flood damage projects in the UK – but that, too, has gone up in flames. It never rains but it pours…. so happy to convert to any faith, despite my confirmed atheism, if it will give me a chance to raise the dead, sell relics, marry people and otherwise control the minds and thinking of believers to the extent that they will send triple AAA cash, or gold, to my absolutely rock solid bank account at UK Government backed Northern Wreck.

    Advise soonest on how I should proceed. Will I need to read up on this and, if so, will I get continuing education credits?

    Yours in faith

    Charon.

  12. Jennie

    I am still unsure whether I and Dear Geekie are legally wed…the uncertainty is most unsettling.

    Am most annoyed at his inconsiderate arrangement of Lawblawg mere days after my visit from Scotlandshire, ’tis vexing indeed!

  13. Geeklawyer

    Scott,
    Thank you for a wonderful report of a lawblog 2008. I wish only that I’d been at this one. As it was, Ruthie stripped off and performed an act with me to horrified gasps from fellow lawyers and innocent drinkers alike. Your version souds like almost as much fun. p.s. conference video available in DVD soon for over 18′s.

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