While attending a bar function today, a local appellate justice I have met a few times before recognized me, introduced me to his companions as the author of an appellate blog, and confessed (?) to being one of my regular readers. I have had similar conversations with other members of the appellate bench in recent months.
Appellate judges are often perceived as ivory-tower idealists. They don’t really read blogs, do they? I mean, anybody can put a blog up on the internet, right? Minimal tech skill—but no legal knowledge—is required.
Anybody can. But this justice reads mine.
That alone makes it worthwhile.