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On my return to academia and blogging

by Joshua Auriemma on July 26, 2012

As our readers have no doubt surmised, Legal Geekery has been on an unofficial hiatus for a while now. It turns out that it’s difficult to be a junior associate in a field largely unrelated to your primary passion while contemporaneously and loyally blogging on that passion. Frankly, it just wasn’t possible for me.

It was something of a wakeup call when I received word that Fastcase had selected me as a member of the Fastcase 50 — as they put it, a list of “the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology.” In actuality, when the reviewing committee for that honor emailed me asking for some biographical information (and a picture that isn’t ridiculous), I ignored the email. I ignored it not because I’m opposed to the idea of the list, but rather I suspected that I would feel inadequate next to the other people on it. I wasn’t wrong.

But I’m not writing this post to be a downer. In fact, I’ve got some good news on that front. While I enjoy my job and I think it’s wonderful that I was given two years to really refine my legal writing and oral argument skills, I have accepted an invitation to join the College of Communications at Penn State as a Ph.D. Candidate in Mass Communications. My goal at this point is to focus my attention on publishing, writing, and just plain being active in my primary areas of interest (intellectual property policy, cyberlaw, social psychology as it pertains to social media, tech startups, and video games) for the next few years. Ultimately, I’d like to teach law school, but in the meantime I will be teaching undergraduate classes as early as next year.

What this all means for you, my wonderful readers, is that LG is going to be updated a lot more frequently beginning in August. Perhaps more frequently than it’s ever been updated. In law school I updated this blog quite frequently, but it was still my passion rather than my job. For the first time ever, my job actually requires me to contemplate legal geekery issues on a daily basis. I’m hopeful that this new career path will improve both the caliber and frequency of posts here at LG.

Stay tuned!