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January 31, 2005


Jerry Stephens

I wonder if the writer would consider the time you spend during the day chatting with non-law school colleagues to be outside the normal "academic pursuits" working day? Any type of idle conversation like that might be for some reason not likely to advance your teaching or research interests.

Law Monkey

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit is another law professor that posts throughout the day. He has commented on this topic before, and distinguishes between his time and the bandwidth/server fees, which I believe he pays for (or gets donated).


I think the complainer has an awfully narrow view of a lawprof's (or any other) job as being constrained to normal "business hours" and purely "strictly business" activities. Yes, perhaps you're blogging rather than preparing for class or grading an exam, but that winds up getting done in a timely fashion (outside of business hours). As a practicing lawyer, I blog and comment on blogs regularly during "business hours." However, I do not bill blogging time to a client.

Eugene Volokh and his fellow conspirators are also probably worth asking because while the blog's law-focused, it's also got "extraneous" materials.


I guess an argument could be made for one being obligated to spend every second of his 8 hours on the job doing work related stuff, of course you'd have to be compensated for ever second doing work related stuff outside of those 8 hours. As far as I know professors don't charge extra for taking papers home and grading them...maybe they should. Either way, although the argument could be made, it'd be a dumb one. This UGeorgia Alum needs to get a life.


What about the endless hours we spend after the standard hours. In fact, most of the working day is spent on committee work and administration. Only in the late hours do I get time to do what we mostl get paid for: reasearch and teaching prep. So if he has a beef with you blogging during hours - I wonder if he woudln't mind you asking for overtime during after-hours.


I suspect that this fellow is one of those creeps who files these types of complaints all the time. Have you googled his name and e-mail address? I wouldn't be surprised if he trolls conspiracy theory message boards.


What a busybody.


Personally, I am glad that GA Law has a professor who knows what the internet is and how to use it. it's a nice change and about time, even though I doubt I would agree with Heller on much of anything.


on the other hand, there is something not quite right about the argument that "blogging is an extension of my research and teaching duties". that just doesnt ring true. clearly blogging doesnt conflict with a law professor's job as it likely would with an attorney working for a firm, or some other employee of the University of Georgia, but that's because law professors dont have to do a whole hell of a lot to collect their paychecks. teach 2 classes, non-tenured profs. have to publish something whether it needs saying or not, tenureds just teach two classes and take a month to grade exams. I mean, probably law schools couldnt attract very smart people to teach if they didnt compensate them, but is it too much to ask to teach a little more?
Perhaps the two Profs here could blog a week in the life of a law prof, like logging billable hours if it's not too distasteful.


"Having worked for the government myself, I am certain that I would be unable to leave my office to play a round of golf or take care of other personal chores without taking personal leave."

I want to know what country's government the letter writer worked for!! I've yet to encounter a single government worker that felt that way--local, state or federal! :)

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