The 2010 ABA Journal Blawg 100
These are this year’s 100 best legal blogs, as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal.
Welcome to the fourth annual ABA Journal Blawg 100—the best legal blogs as selected by the Journal's editors.
Each year, we scour the Web to bring you the best and brightest law bloggers in a variety of categories, and this year is no different.
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- Court Watch
- Law Biz
- Law Prof Plus
- In Labor
- IP Law
- Criminal Justice
- For Fun
- Legal Tech
For Fun: You’ll find serious content in some of these blogs, but their pop culture sensibilities or overt humor make them feel like guilty pleasures.
While its amici were divided over whether its jokes are witty or awful, we come down on the side of "awesomely bad." Run by LA's Greenberg Glusker, it's consistently one of the most entertaining entertainment law blogs out there. Full of pop-culture references, its posts are lighthearted but informative.
The lawyers at Ford & Harrison take a closer look at the employees of Dunder Mifflin on NBC’s The Office—more specifically, at the egregious violations of labor and employment law featured in every episode.
While this blog's most popular posts help female readers steer clear of the fashion police, former Wall Street lawyer Kat Griffin also takes questions from young lawyers and others about how to avoid career pitfalls. Posts written with empathy cover business etiquette, troubles with co-workers, interviewing, networking and more.
Kevin Underhill doesn't have to rely on Onion-style satire for laughs. The San Francisco-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon partner finds plenty of absurd real-life cases and current events to make his blog an entertaining standard of the legal humor genre. He must be doing something readers like, because Lowering the Bar has been voted a Blawg 100 fan favorite the past two years.
The Namby Pamby, a civil litigator in Chicago, still suffers fools gladly and updates us on “facepalm moments” prompted by his clients, his colleagues and his own lapses. We’re still laughing, and we’re interested in his evolving perspective: Namby has been blogging since his law student days, but his blog (not sure about the new layout, BTW) notes he’s soon to be married, and he must be 30 by now.
Lead actor Christopher Meloni may have left the show, but don’t think that Allison Leotta is giving up on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Relying on her background as a Washington, D.C., sex crimes prosecutor, Leotta analyzes each episode for its adherence to real legal procedures. The blog was previously called the Prime-Time Crime Review, but changed its name this year. Leotta is the author of two legal thrillers, Law of Attraction and Discretion, and also blogs about tips for other crime writers.
As long as there are new films and television shows being made, intellectual property rights will do battle with the First Amendment in the posts of the Hollywood Reporter's legal blog. The other legal foibles of celebrities and Tinseltown counsel get attention here as well.