Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Blogaversary

On this day in 2005, I posed the question: Why a Customs Law Blog? I answered with this post, the first ever repeat in seven years.

I am a customs lawyer. This is a rare breed of American lawyer that concentrates on issues relating to the regulation of imports by the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (formerly known as the Customs Service). I say "concentrates" because rules of professional ethics prevent me from saying I "specialize" in customs matters, so don't for one moment think that I am saying that. 
I suspect that if you collected every lawyer in America who was actively engaged in the practice of customs law, you would not exceed the needs of a large ballroom in a major metropolitan hotel. We tend to know one another. Also, the folks who work for the government tend to know us. That means I will not be tossing any virtual molotov cocktails at any of my colleagues in the field and especially not at those few judges before whom I regularly have to appear. That just won't happen. 
I will, however, from time to time, post my thoughts on developments in the area. I hope this is useful for in-house counsel, compliance managers, and other folks involved in the trade. If you happen to be a lawyer competing with me, please go away. 
Of course, that does not answer the question posed above: Why a customs law blog? To that, I answer, why not? The technology is readily accessible and free. I might have a thing or two to say. I like to write and I like to hear myself talk. I might be a perfect blogger, or maybe not. We'll see how it goes from here.


mrbarky said...

Happy anniversary! I've got you in my google feed. I'm not a lawyer, but I come from a long line of them. I am, however a licensed broker in Seattle doing Customs compliance. So I know what you are talking about most of the time :-).

zhamkochyan said...

Happy blogaversary and greetings from russian customs lawyer!

Law Degree Online said...

Though I can’t say I’m terribly well-versed in this branch of law, it’s great to see a blog, one with a topic so infrequently visited, make it another year. Congrats, and keep it up, it’s always interesting to get an inside perspective on customs law matters!

shellbell said...

Happy blogaversary! And let me say that your postings are original, concise, well-said, and greatly appreciated by those of us who have to, on occasion, turn to a knowledgeable source for this area of the law.