Late last year, I linked to Randy Maniloff’s 2007 Top Ten coverage cases — I wrote about it in a post here, and I’ll say it again: how many people out there are producing sophisticated legal analysis where they can make you laugh at the same time? Not many, unless they’ve been keeping themselves well-hidden. That’s why I think this Top Ten is such a remarkable achievement. I have this dream that someday the market will demand that all legal analysis be written like this — with recognition that readers are human beings, not bezerk androids that will devour whatever swill you toss in front of them, like electric hogs bellying up to the trough for another helping of legal slop.
Lexis-Nexis, which publishes Mealey’s, where the Top Ten appeared, also did a podcast where they interviewed Maniloff. Probably just a little tweaking on the sound quality wouldn’t have hurt, but it’s a good podcast, very informative. Click here to get to the Lexis Insurance Law Center post where you can listen to Randy’s podcast, and read a copy of his article.
As a member of the advisory board of the Insurance Law Center, I also want to point out this good post by Karen Yotis on the ILC about Maniloff’s work. Let me ask you: did you ever think you’d see lively, well-written stuff like Karen’s post, or free content like the links above, from Lexis-Nexis? I didn’t. I mean, it took a lot to convince me. But I’m impressed by what they are doing with Web 2.0 and the direction they are going. The Web has transformed all sorts of communications, and the world increasingly will be made up of two kinds of people — those on the train who understand this, and those who don’t get it and stand staring and slack-jawed as the train pulls away and the folks on it wave bye-bye.
One last thing: if you like what you see, take half a minute to tell Randy you appreciate his hard work — his e-mail address is in the article. And check out the ILC and drop an e-mail to Karen and the folks there — they’re listening for your feedback.