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.