An inexplicable wave came over white women of child bearing age from 1980 to 1990 that compelled them to name their male offspring “Josh.” Today, walk into a meeting of the Young Lawyer Section of the ABA and yell out, “Hi, Josh,” and you’ve got 90% of the place covered. It’s weird, but Mrs. Blackman succumbed like her contemporaries.
When Joe Palazzolo, the guy who took over the Wall Street Journal Law Blog after Peter Lattman went legit, Dan Slater got dumped and Ashby Jones got bored, and now mails it in, wrote about Paul Ryan on the Rule of Law, it was a provocative enough title to take a look. While I learned nothing whatsoever about Ryan, I did get a surprise.
H/T to Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, who highlighted the speech on his blog.
As Professor Blackman notes, Mr. Ryan casts the ever-present tension between liberty and security in economic terms.
The vice presidential debate — remember: Joe Biden taught constitutional law – could be very interesting, as Professor Blackman points out.
Professor? Not only does Palazzolo mention Josh Blackman three times, but each time made sure to note he was a “professor.” How is this possible, I wondered? Josh Blackman was a smart, extremely wet behind the ears law grad about 30 second ago, and now he’s a professor? Not that I’ve ever heard of South Texas College of Law before, but apparently it exists and Josh is a professor at it. Huh?
Some kids coming out of law school know, just know, that they want to be scholars. Nothing wrong with that, and Josh Blackman was definitely one. To that end, he wrote thoughtful posts at his blog, and for while was allowed to guest post at Concurring Opinions, Both reflected two disturbing, if not surprising, problems.
First, a peculiar self-absorbtion, like a five year old on the high diving board yelling at the grown-ups to look at him. Second, a desire to opine on matters far, far beyond his ken, such as the future of legal education and the practice of law. In noting this, I subtly hinted that Josh might want to change his trajectory a bit:
Yet, one of our own has boldly leaped where no man has gone before. Following on a curious post by Josh Blackman, who is in the process of transitioning from law student to legal scholar by hurdling over the chance to practice law, if only for a moment.
Aside: One of the most intriguing things about most of those who aspire to telling lawyers what their future will be is that they don’t actually practice law, and some have never practiced law. It’s like being a food critic when no savory crumb has ever passed their lips, and they’ve only gazed upon cuisine from afar, reminiscent of a Star Trek episode they’ve likely never watched where the food looked magnificent but had no flavor whatsoever. And yet, they feel no shame in telling those who do about the view from those who don’t. Go figure.
Sadly, I was ignored. As soon as his clerkship was over, Josh signed up for pedagogy, rather than spend a few minutes of his life actually being a lawyer. You know, just for the experience of it. Try a case. Negotiate a deal. Hold a real person’s hand whose life or fortune depends on you. Learn for yourself what it is you hope to teach someone else. Something. Anything.
But no. Instead, Josh made a bee line to South Texas College of Law, the Harvard of Houston, award-winning for best work/life balance and cafeteria barbecue, where young minds will be placed in his hands.
And with his new post comes the return of his blog, aptly named Josh Blackman’s Blog, where he has gotten right down to business with a critical and thoughtful plea :
Wanna help me get back into the ABA Journal Blawg 100?
During my hiatus, I was unceremoniously bumped out of the august crowd of the ABA Journal Blawg 100 after my entrance into this Parthenon of Electrons in 2010
Now, I’m back. If you would like to help, please nominate me here. It only takes a moment.
Welcome back, Josh. It’s too bad you didn’t take my suggestion to heart. And if begging for the attention of others (it only takes a minute?) matters this much to you, I hope someone nominates you. But it still won’t prepare you to teach law school, or to opine about matters you’ve only seen from afar.