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
Law Biz: These virtual mentors discuss the nitty-gritty about day-to-day practice and share cautionary tales and real-world anecdotes to keep their readers connected to a larger legal community.
“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
Consumer bankruptcy lawyer Jay Fleischman is also a legal marketing consultant who writes on the business of law. Written primarily for solos and small firms, his posts discuss client billing, law practice management, professional development, legal technology, virtual law firms and, of course, marketing and social media.
After 10 years of blogging, D.C. lawyer Carolyn Elefant is still a voice for solos in a profession that she feels—as far as costs and ethical obligations—favors too much those practicing at large firms. Elefant isn’t really one to blog on innovative law practice management solutions she reads about elsewhere; it’s usually her own ideas and opinions she shares with readers day after day.
“This blawg covers a range of practical topics from using technology to how to be a better advocate. It’s current and has new and interesting posts on a near-daily basis. As a legal skills professor, I often link my students to these posts so that they can benefit from the advice. It’s got appeal for both students and practicing lawyers.” —Kim Holst, an associate clinical professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Hull McGuire’s Dan Hull doesn’t pull any punches when he challenges readers to go beyond what’s currently en vogue, take a step back and be sure they’re serving the people who matter most to the firm: clients.
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.
The Client Revolution is where practitioner Jay Shepherd is waging war with the billable hour. With witty, easy-to-read anecdotes and commonsense commentary, Shepherd makes the case for alternative billing.
American Lawyer reporter Vivia Chen asks the legal profession’s big shots how they got to where they are and what they look for when they’re interviewing and hiring. She also takes a special interest in female and minority lawyers at the top and how those groups are faring in the profession as a whole. Posts sometimes offer tough love for those who desire both a high-powered career and a flexible work schedule.
... 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.
Jordan Furlong’s blog focuses on innovation in the legal industry and how firms can keep up in 21st-century markets. The blog, tailored mostly to large and midsize firms, provides a strategic consultant’s take on what firms have to do to keep up. Furlong, who recently redesigned the site, lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario.
If you’re interested in law firm economics, have we got the site for you. New York City consultant Bruce MacEwen’s blog is the bellwether on the latest trends in the BigLaw industry. His recent “Growth Is Dead” series of posts predict fundamental ground-shifting in the way BigLaw firms are financed and run.
If you draft contracts, you should be reading Ken Adams’ blog. One fan tells us she can’t imagine life as a new attorney without it. Adams, president of Koncision Contract Automation in Garden City, N.Y., and author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, is the enemy of ambiguity. “My principal responsibility is avoiding messes rather than clearing them up,” he writes in one post.
“Avoid a Claim” Blog “provides a running tally of scams directed at attorneys, creating something of a red-flag list for the wary attorney. This is an essential, if often overlooked, aspect (that of avoiding scams) of running a law practice,” says blogger Jared Correia of Mass. LOMAP.