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.

Read the full intro and magazine version here.

Voting is now closed.

IP Law: So much talent and interest in this corner of the blawgosphere merits giving IP its own category. But you don’t need to be in that specialty to enjoy the content on these blogs.



HALL OF FAME "Gene Quinn is fearless. He is not hesitant to point out what he perceives to be injustices spawned by particular court decisions or other developments. Furthermore, when reporting on statistics concerning patents, he drills down to discuss the reasons why the numbers read as they do, or why there may be more to the statistics than meets the eye. IPWatchdog also hosts excellent guest posts on patent law developments." —Mike Cicero, Atlanta




We’ve consistently heard from readers like Chris Holly who check Patently-O daily to keep up on developments (and jobs) in patent law. “I’m a patent prosecutor and reading the blog every day keeps me up to speed with what is going on in the patent world,” wrote Holly, an associate with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz in D.C. Co-authors Dennis Crouch of the University of Missouri School of Law and Jason Rantanen of the University of Iowa also have guest posts by other patent practitioners “that are insightful,” Holly wrote. We were excited to see a “Patent Ethics” corner started by Mercer University law prof David Hricik, but sorry to see it go on hiatus during his clerkship.




“Mike Masnick isn’t a lawyer, but he routinely blogs on Silicon Valley legal issues. Mike has a rare combination of speed, precision and volume, making his blog one of the most important reads for people in the Internet and IP communities,” says Eric Goldman, Technology & Marketing Law Blog.



The TTABlog®

The TTABlog® is “the most comprehensive and most authoritative discussion of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings,” writes the Trademark Blog’s Marty Schwimmer. John Welch also gives his blunt takes in brief “TTAB Comments” at the end of many posts.




We’re letting the IPKat out of the bag. This blog is good for intellectual property coverage—and a laugh. Maybe it’s just because everything’s funnier with a British accent: The authors are based in the U.K., and their multiple daily posts focus on issues on their side of the pond.



Copyrights & Campaigns

Last year, the Recording Industry Asso­ci­a­tion of America trials consumed Ben Shef­fner’s blog. This year the pro-copyright-owner blogger stuck to his original plan: spotting and debating cases of possible infringe­ment in political ads.