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.
Readers who registered with ABAJournal.com were able to pick up to 10 favorite blawgs in the 10 categories below.
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TechnoLawyer Blog covers the latest technology for law practice management and highlights the best of the legal blogosphere. Many posts are merely teasers for content that is only available on TechnoLawyer's eight free electronic newsletters, but posts pulled from those electronic publications are thorough and solid.
*The TechnoLawyer Blog drew the most votes in this category only after it ran a sweepstakes campaign offering readers who claimed to have voted for it the opportunity to win one of two $500 first prizes and five $100 second prizes. Had the sweepstakes offer not been made, the likely winner would have been E-Lessons Learned.
e-Lessons Learned is primarily a student-run e-discovery and legal technology blog, where items are posted in a practical, easy-to-scan case digest format. Each post contains a summary of the “e-lesson learned” so readers can decide whether to keep on reading. We like that.
“The authors of 3 Geeks and their guests offer a range of provocative ideas about law practice management, law firm pricing, legal research, marketing and more.” —Arlington, Va., lawyer Ron Friedmann, author of Strategic Legal Technology
Blogger V. Mary Abraham is a lawyer focused on knowledge management at Debevoise & Plimpton’s New York City office. Most posts focus not on incremental news developments in her discipline, but rather its “nontech challenges” and big-picture concerns: strategy, productivity, and encouraging strong-willed attorneys to share information systematically.
22 Tweets houses Lance Godard’s live, often insightful “Twitterviews,” essentially mini-profiles of lawyers who tweet. In 22 tweets, lawyers reveal professional challenges, marketing tips and how to best interact with clients.
This is where St. Louis lawyer Dennis Kennedy blogs his ABA Journal legal tech columns, aggregates tweets from his Twitter microblog, and prefaces new episodes of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, the podcast he co-hosts with Inter Alia’s Tom Mighell at Legal Talk Network on alternate Wednesdays.
“This blog provides great tips, as well as great reviews of trends, hardware and software affecting portability in a law practice.” —Jud Barce of Barce & Reece in Fowler, Ind.
No time to evaluate all the latest platforms geared toward practitioners? No worries. Bob Ambrogi has it covered at LawSites, where he test-drives the latest releases—from new law- and law practice-related apps to new e-tools for legal research, billing and document management. Reviews cover ease of use, usefulness, functionality and cost. But his blog isn’t only about technology. Ambrogi of Rockport, Mass., cross-posted his popular Lawyer2Lawyer podcast on the blog and keeps his readers up on news about ethical implications for lawyers’ use of technology. (Editors' note: The Oct. 31 Lawyer2Lawyer podcast was the final one.)
Dallas lawyer Tom Mighell’s bread and butter are his blawg-of-the-day posts and his newsletter, Internet Legal Research Weekly. He told Lawyers USA in August that he has tracked nearly 2,300 law blogs since 2000, and declared that failed legal blogs last an average of one year and 10 months.
Are you an Android power user? Then this St. Petersburg, Fla., solo’s blog is for you. Rick Georges puts up one or two brief but substantive posts a day, alternating between content related to Droid apps and other software, and op-eds on law practice issues.
... And if you don’t, then LexBlog’s CEO and publisher Kevin O’Keefe is about to drop some knowledge on you. A social media evangelist, O’Keefe of Seattle encourages firms to engage online not just for search engine optimization but for community building and business development. A frequent tweeter, his posts often stem from Twitter discussions with legal professionals of all types.
New Web business models and business practices as they relate to social media are raising new legal questions all the time, and Santa Clara University law prof Eric Goldman and Seattle lawyer Venkat Balasubramani are on the case. They analyze recent Internet law rulings—over criminal liability for what’s posted online, consumer data breaches, online terms-of-service issues and more—while always keeping opinions in similar cases in their rearview and noting conflicts in the jurisprudence.
Strategic Legal Technology’s Ron Friedmann covers “project management, legal outsourcing and legal innovation in a way that makes you contemplate what is happening in the industry and what we need to do to keep our competitive edge." —Greg Lambert, 3 Geeks and a Law Blog