I offer my best wishes to Crime & Federalism readers. It has been a very good year for the blog, with solid increases in traffic. Dec. 2005 was, by far, the best month ever.
I was blessed to have lunch, dinner, or drinks with three people met through the blog. Thank you for welcoming me into your circle of friends. Meeting new people and developing relationships is my favorite aspect of blogging. Having a lot of readers is a nice ego boost, but I have never really needed much outside help with my ego. It's the relationships we've developed that I value most.
Norm joined C&F last February, and it's been a joy having him. It's odd how our friendship developed. During my first semester of law school, I read one of his weekly columns in the Connecticut Law Tribune. I liked it, and became a regular reader. After a while, I sent him an e-mail telling him how much I enjoyed his writing, and that his columns were a welcome distraction from the oppressive first year of law school.
Before long I was working on a few projects from him, and a year later, I was a guest at his home. It's funny how a law student from California and lawyer from Connecticut could become friends. But the Internet offers a great way to meet new friends.
This year should be exciting. I like the direction C&F has taken. It has a good mixture of legal analysis and ass-kicking. I've been nagging a friend who occasionally guest-posts, to write here more often. It would be nice to have hear her voice more often. We'll have to see what develops.
My non-blog life is going well. A motion to dismiss I wrote convinced a judge to dismiss the only murder count in an indictment, and also persuaded the judge to dismiss several counts of perjury. Getting a murder case dismissed after being out of law school for not even a year, is pretty exciting.
I also had a worked on a few small scholarly projects (I call them scholarly-lite), writing a book review on Constitutional Chaos for Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups, and a half-dozen entries for a forthcoming legal encyclopedia. I have a larger project in the works - one that I've been advised will likely be picked up in a law review. I hope to have the time to finish it.
Which I might not have because, along with a friend from college, I've begun building a new company. When the ink has dried on the incorporation documents, and the website is finished, I'll let you know the details. That's enough about me.
Though I'd love to hear how you all are doing. As always, you're welcome to leave a comment.
And with that, let me wish you all... Happy New Year!