I just want to take a moment to thank all the readers who have extended their welcomes to me, both in my earlier anonymous incarnation here at TPM and now that I am able to post under my own byline. As I am sure at least some of our attorney readers can understand, posting at TPM was not compatible with my law firm practice.
What changed? Pretty simple actually. I have left the private practice of law.
My own professional transition coincides with the some of the changes underway at TPM, including the expansion of the company, so the timing works well for me to pitch in around here more frequently in the short term.
Shortly after I started posting here on weekends, one reader emailed wanting to know more:
I get the sense however that DK is no ordinary reader, someone sitting around in Peoria who surfs the web and just happened to impress Josh with his/her trenchant insights. Can you give us a little bit of a clue -- is DK a journalist, a gov't insider (or former gov't insider), a academic, none of the above? I can understand if DK is unwilling to fully reveal him/herself but it would be nice to know a little bit more about them.
Expectations like that don't make coming out of the closet any easier. Sorry to say, but just an ordinary reader. Not an insider or an academic. A decade ago, before law school, I was a journalist and editor, but for a small alternative newsweekly in the South, far removed from any power centers. I actually live about 250 miles from Peoria, in Missouri, so that reader was closer to being on the mark than he knew.
But enough about me. The work we do here should speak for itself, and it's not work we could do without your tips, feedback, and trenchant insights. So my thanks to you for that as well.