What is this blog?
This is a personal blog where I will usually be writing on subjects of law, specifically criminal law and procedure. However, I am a big believer of interdisciplinary studies and, to that end, I frequently consider how psychology plays an important role in the criminal justice system. Occasionally, other matters that pique my interest may pop up. All of the posts on this blog are personal thoughts and opinions attributable only to me unless otherwise explicitly stated.
What isn’t this blog? It is not legal advice nor expert advice. On most of the subjects that I will write about, there are professors and practitioners who know substantively more than I do. My role is to add to the reasonable, thoughtful, and critical discourse that others have laid down prior to me.
I also wish to note that this is not intended to be a blog just for those in the legal or psychological professions. In fact, my aim is to include a wider audience of people: an intelligent but not necessarily informed or trained audience. If I do that and nothing else, I have accomplished a major goal; one that eludes many writers.
What is its purpose?
My hope is that it will serve a few different purposes. First, my main hope is that it allows me a way to formalize and record my thoughts on various matters. To that end, this blog is as much for me as it is any other person.
Beyond that, I hope to provide a meeting ground for those who share an interest in the areas I write about and let those people see my thoughts. Along with that comes an opportunity to explain and explore areas that I may have more knowledge and passion about than others.
With all of that said, I always welcome your comments, should you wish to share them. Constructive criticism is a necessary component to intellectual development and is the main vehicle of advancing thought on any subject.
Who is the author?
This blog is maintained by me, Zachary Cloud. I am a staff attorney in the public defender division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services and I represent criminal defendants in courts across Boston. I graduated from Boston University School of Law and went to college at the University of Chicago, where I received degrees with Honors in Psychology and Political Science. I can be contacted by email here. For those using PGP encryption, you can download my public key here.