I’m Back

July 29th, 2012

On August 11, 2011, with much sadness, I bade you farewell, and placed by blog on a hiatus, while I had the absolute honor and privilege of clerking for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisville, Kentucky. (Yes, the Judge that gives a general knowledge testdon’t call it trivia!–to clerkship applicants). 354 days later, I’m back.

But, I never really left. Though my blog was not visible to the public during my hiatus, I never stopped writing new posts. Really, I blogged even more. When my blog went dark, I had about 2,500 posts. Today, I have 4,500 posts. Yes, I actually wrote 2,000 blog posts in the span of a year for an audience of zero. If a blogger blogs and there is no one there to read it, does it make a difference? Well, that isn’t entirely accurate. I granted a small cadre of loyal and trusted readers access to my private blog. I thank them, and their fierce comments, for helping to keep my sanity during my year-long blog-exile. All of the posts from the past year are now publicly available. I will highlight some of my better posts in due time (this may come as a surprise, but there was some interesting legal stuff in the news this year–really!).

I am now an Assistant Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Yep! When I last wrote to you, I was toiling through the application process to the AALS Law Professor Hiring Market–affectionately known as the “Meat Market.” I’ll have lots of good stories about my travails at the market, but suffice to say, I got a job! Classes start on August 13 (you can see my class information here). I can’t wait! And Texas suits me very well, for a host of reasons. More to come.

I’ve keept pretty busy. In the past year, I’ve published a bunch of articles, am writing a book about the challenge to the Affordable Care Act (titled “Unprecedented“), as well as furthered my work into legal prediction markets and assisted decision making. Thanks to the dedicated team at the Harlan Institute, FantasySCOTUS.net boomed, and our educational programs have flourished.

But enough about the past. I have some bold plans for this blog, in addition to dumping 2,000 new posts onto Google.

On Monday, July 30, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. EDT, I will launch the first episode of JoshLive. JoshLive will be a weekly live video chat on a timely issue. The topic and format will vary. Sometimes I will lead a discussion on a current legal issue, talk about a recently decided case, interview a legal luminary, or talk about something totally unrelated to the law.

These meetups are free to join, and anyone can participate. I will cap attendance at the first ten people to join (more than ten, the discussion gets harder to control). If you would rather watch, or arrive too late to join, the chats will be streamed live on YouTube, and available to watch on demand afterwards.

The first session will be about whether the challenge to the Affordable Care Act backfired–but not in the way you may think.

As well, if anyone wants to follow along with my Property class, you can here. I should have some cool explanatory videos and other presentations posted throughout the course of the semester.

Thank you for your patience. It feels so good to be back.

And, I just left you. But this is crazy. So here’s my info. So follow me, maybe.

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