Jacob Katz Cogan, my friend and colleague here at the University of Cincinnati, has launched a new blog: the International Law Reporter, which already features
14 19 posts in the first 72 hours of its existence (indeed, at the rate he is going, he has probably added three more posts in the time it has taken me to type this). Jacob’s model is Larry Solum’s Legal Theory Blog, intermixing personal observations, short-form scholarship, and reviews of new and noteworthy literature in Jacob’s fields of public and private international law.
Jacob’s addition brings the number of law professor bloggers here at UC up to five, including myself; distinguished public servant Mark Godsey (CrimProf Blog); Weaver Institute Director Betsy Malloy (HealthLawProf Blog); and the inimitable dean of the legal blogosphere, Paul Caron (TaxProf Blog and MoneyLaw). What is interesting about that statistic is that, according to Dan Solove’s most recent census of law professor bloggers, UC now has more blogging professors than many institutions with much larger law faculties — our total of five ties us with Michigan and surpasses Texas and that other school up I-71, with four apiece. Not that I am suggesting that the proportion of law faculty bloggers per capita should be taken into account in the U.S. News rankings (although why not? It’s as informative as many of their actual statistics and more so than some), but for those of us who study and work in the cyber arena, it’s always a positive development when more faculty begin to engage actively with the net as a new communications medium. Jacob is the latest to cross the line from information consumer to information producer, and his new blog is well worth a look.
UPDATE: Jacob reminds me that I overlooked our colleague Barbara Black (Securities Law Prof Blog) in my count! That makes 6 blogging profs at UC Law — just one more and we’d have 25% of the full-time faculty.