Thank you.

May 30, 2007

This post will be my last as a regular contributor to this blog. I will continue to write on the blog, but only occasionally from now on.

The future of the blog is shaky, but more promising each day. Lois Gander, PLE legend and University of Alberta professor, will take interim control. Within the next two weeks, I hope to work with Lois to recruit a small team of contributors and editors. The emails and votes on the “fate of the blog” poll have made it clear that there’s a strong interest in keeping this thing going.

I don’t have any substantive content for today (though I would like to quickly link to another blog’s entry yesterday complimenting the Éducaloi and CLEO websites). Rather, I just want to thank everyone. The main reason I’ve been living in Canada for the last nine months was to focus full-time on public legal education. That work has been so tremendously productive—thanks almost entirely to the help and support of all of you here—that I could never have expected how much I accomplished in such a short time.

But the research is ultimately no more than half of it. I’ve also been here to understand this country, to see it from coast to coast, and to exchange experiences, culture, and dreams between the U.S. and Canada. For doing that, the people I’ve met and worked with—especially my main readership here—could not be beat. In every place I went, I was shown nothing less than phenomenal hospitality. You have made my time here unforgettable and enriched my life and career like no other nine months could have.

Thank you.

One Response to “Thank you.”

  1. Lois Gander Says:

    The best laid plans….

    Time has gone racing by and much has changed in my world. However thanks to some fine work by the folks at the Legal Resource Centre, now the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (, I have a web site devoted to the Theory and Practice of PLE in Canada ( On it you’ll find a link to this blog (Richie’s blog) and one to a new blog I’ve started, called Theorizing PLE. I hope you’ll take a minute to familiarize yourself with the site and the new blog. It’s all a work in progress and a labour of love so it grows in fits and starts. Please feel free to let me know what you think and what you’d like to see next.

    All the best….


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