The fun in closing down an enterprise like Overlawyered before you “have to” is that you can be like Tom Sawyer watching the tributes at your own funeral. Sticking to Twitter for now, here are ten or so of my favorites so far. From former co-blogger Ted Frank quoting Scott Greenfield:
.@overlawyered changed the course of my career. Loved reading it, was honored to write for it (first guest post 9/3/03), and readers emailing me and @walterolson to complain about lack of effective options to deal with bad class action settlements got me thinking about solutions. https://t.co/il2luuDMhB
— tedfrank ? (@tedfrank) May 21, 2020
And leading legal bloggers:
.@overlawyered inspired so many longtime/OG bloggers including me. 20+ years of daily blogging is a truly remarkable achievement. There will never be another blogger like @walterolson ????? https://t.co/TeCkWoI9Hi pic.twitter.com/hfY3jtZ50M
— Eric Goldman (@ericgoldman) May 21, 2020
Lawblog Superman hangs up his cape.https://t.co/upF4rYlXu0
— SoiledAndOrFoiledHat (@Popehat) May 21, 2020
And reporters and journalists:
You will be SORELY missed, Walter. Above all else, you are open-minded and respectful — qualities in notably short supply. https://t.co/okx2r2RrvE
— Alison Frankel (@AlisonFrankel) May 21, 2020
— Joe Palazzolo (@joe_palazzolo) May 21, 2020
And from others who say their careers or education took a different path:
Walter, I owe my blogging start to reading you. From that grew my practice. From that, I gave people jobs and helped a lot of people. Your influence meant a lot to many who may never know your name.
On my own behalf, and theirs, Thank you.
— Marc J. Randazza (@marcorandazza) May 21, 2020
Overlawyered made me a better law student. https://t.co/CmzRNbuIiU
— Awakey Joe (@AwakeyJoe) May 21, 2020
Thanks for all your work on Overlawyered over the years, Walter. It was one of the blogs that inspired me, early on, to pursue a career in policy. An incredible run!
— Jarrett Dieterle (@JarrettDieterle) May 21, 2020
And some who just wanted to let off steam:
— Robert VerBruggen (@RAVerBruggen) May 21, 2020