The 2009 ABA Journal Blawg 100

These are the 100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers, as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal.

Welcome to the third annual ABA Journal Blawg 100 - the best legal blogs as selected by the Journal's editors.

Our readers clued us in to a few law blogs we'd never seen before, and you'll find them among the 40 blawgs that are new to our list this year.

For a list of all 100 blawgs, complete with their companion Twitter feeds and extra quick takes, click here.

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TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime

The A-team at TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime—Jeralyn Merritt of Denver, T. Christopher Kelly of Madison, Wis., and Armando Llorens of San Juan, Puerto Rico—take a shamelessly liberal view of crime and justice news and issues.



Simple Justice

Manhattan criminal defense attorney Scott Greenfield has his finger on the pulse of the blawgosphere. His early morning posts offer biting commentary, often uncovering by breakfast what we’ll be talking about for the rest of the day. Although he announced his retirement in February, by March he was back in business. “Truth be told, I was bored,” he wrote.



Defending People

Criminal defense work and zen serenity are not mutually exclusive in Mark Bennett's opinion. Defending People's tagline is "The tao of criminal-defense trial lawyering." Bennett—who graduated from high school in New Delhi, majored in religious studies in college and practices out of Houston—offers his raw, matter-of-fact commentary and level-headed analysis of cases, politics and criminal justice-related news as it draws his interest.



Crime & Consequences

The bloggers of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation are tireless victims' advocates and staunch supporters of the death penalty. They argue vociferously against sentence reductions and decriminalization of drugs. Defenders of political correctness shall find no succor here. But if you're looking for legal analysis with a tough-on-crime perspective, this is a great place to come.



Sentencing Law and Policy

Ohio State law professor Douglas Berman notes congressional hearings, scholarship and general trends related to sentencing, and sometimes handicaps the sentences that can be anticipated by those convicted in high-profile criminal cases. Unlike most criminal law bloggers, he writes with a fairly objective tone.