Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

Imagine a niche blog, then imagine that there are hundreds of other blogs all about the same thing. It seems Web Week has stumbled on just that – a little web community of lawyers who use Apple Macs.

The Mac Lawyer (www.themaclawyer.com) is one of the leaders of the pack and takes pleasure in informing his readers that presidential hopeful Barack Obama uses a Mac.

Then there’s MacLitigator (www.maclitigator.com). No, that’s not a new hamburger from McDonald’s, but a law blog devoted to reviewing new Apple products and finding shortcuts on Mac software that might be useful to litigators, such as text formatting and the like.

These are only two of more than 10 blogs devoted to talking about using a brand of computer in legal practice. You’ve got Criminal Law With A Macintosh (http://criminallawmacintosh. blogspot.com), as well as A Mac Lawyer’s Notebook (http://mac-lawyer.com). The latter “chronicles the choices the blogger made and the reasons for those choices as he journeys from Windows to the Mac”.

The Web Week verdict: life is just too short.

Another day, another lawyer joke. Law professor Mark Galanter of the University of Wisconsin has written a book on the subject, entitled Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture. A review is on the university’s website (www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/books/2923.htm).

The book makes the point that lawyers in the US aren’t really comfortable with all the jokes. A good example is the California bar, which ran a workshop in 1988 called, hilariously, ‘Why Are They Laughing?’.

But Web Week isn’t really interested in social commentary, just jokes, and the book has a few corkers.

“Two lawyers are sitting at a bar drinking when a stunning blonde in a skintight, low-cut dress slinks by. One of them stares for a minute, then turns to his buddy and says: ‘Boy, would I like to screw her!’. The other lawyer turns to him and asks, ‘Out of what?'”