May 26, 2020 12:42PM

After 20+ Years, My Law Blog Overlawyered Will Adjourn

I announced this just before the holiday regarding Overlawyered, which Cato has published for the past 10 years following a decade it spent previously as an independent blog:

Dear friends and Overlawyered readers:

I’ve been considering ceasing publication of Overlawyered over the past couple of years, and the time has finally arrived. I plan to publish its final post on May 31, ten days from now.

That will leave the site just one month short of a remarkable 21‐​year run. That makes it the longest‐​running general interest law blog anyone has been able to identify.…

Be assured (if you count this as assurance!) that I am not going anywhere. I look forward to continuing my writing as a Cato senior fellow both at the excellent multi‐​contributor blog Cato at Liberty and at many other outlets. One reason I’m making this decision is that I’m eager to step up the pace of this other writing at a time rich in policy challenges.

Even in its early years Overlawyered had a much broader range of interests than its name might imply. It covered (and still does cover) wacky lawsuits as well as the more serious side of litigation policy but also many areas of writing interest of mine such as free speech and business regulation. Especially since it came to Cato ten years ago, it has continued to branch out into such areas as constitutional law, criminal justice policy, and state and local policy. But at heart it has always been a blog about law in America.

Since then I’ve done posts collecting some kind tributes (more) and reviewing the blog’s changing design (it goes back to the days before there was blogging software). I’ll have more to share there in the remaining few days between now and May 31, and the site’s archives will remain as a resource.