A little over six months ago I took a break from blogging, leaving Concurring Opinions and focusing on my job as an associate dean of Drexel University's new law school. We've had a hectic fall, working relentlessly on hiring while remaining focused on the essential task of earning provisional accreditation from the ABA. Neither task is yet complete, but the intensity has a eased a bit. And to be honest, I missed blogging. So I set out to find a new space for myself in the blogosphere. In the course of that search I came upon friends and fellow travelers with the same urge. We imagined a blog that shamelessly embraced both high theory and pop culture. A blog that accepted the all-too-true reality that everyone is too damn busy to read anything that isn't engaging. A blog with multiple voices, some newer and some older.
It seemed to me that we wanted to recreate the experience of a faculty lounge. Where sometimes people are talking about a great new paper on SSRN, other times they're lamenting the loss of a wonderful colleague to a competitor school, and once in a while they're just amused by a funny bumper sticker they saw on the way to work. Where the senior colleague adds non-dairy creamer to his java while his youthful colleague steeps her organic hemp tea. And where you never know where the conversations will go next. Welcome to the Lounge. We hope you'll poke your head in sometimes to see what's up.