I started this blog to talk about interesting legal news and commentary. Taking a hiatus to study for the bar and complete a judicial clerkship sort of got me out of the habit of posting and collecting new readers. After a year to get settled into actually practicing as an attorney, I’m ready to resume blogging. Of course, a lot happens in two years, so I anticipate that my focus will be a bit different now than it was before.
First, and most notably, I’ve become more willing to discuss my own experiences as a lawyer with disabilities. Although I’m going to keep blogging under a pseudonym so that these experiences aren’t the first thing people find out about me when they google me, I hope to also be more open to my coworkers and contacts about my disabilities. As someone with “invisible” disabilities I’ve usually erred on the side of not disclosing them publicly – especially in a professional context – out of fear that people will begin to underestimate my actual abilities. On the other hand, I recently had the privilege of meeting Ari Ne’eman, who has convinced me that coming out may help others by dispelling myths about my disabilities. I’m also aware that while the nature of my disability is invisible, its manifestations can be quite salient to people who interact with me on a regular basis.
As far as I know, I am the only attorney posting publicly about their experiences with developmental and learning disabilities. I hope that my experiences may be somewhat helpful to other professionals and aspiring professionals who might discover this blog.
Of course, I also plan to continue posting about legal issues, but those those posts will now be more explicitly informed by my own experiences.
The new name for this blog was chosen to better encompass the range of topics that the blog will probably cover. I plan to soon change the URL to weirdlaw.wordpress.com – sadly, that tool has been disabled for the past few days.