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
Niche: The writers focus on particular areas of the law that fewer lawyers are blogging about—or on practicing law in a very specific neck of the woods.
Broc Romanek’s posts—which appear every weekday, usually before you’ve had your coffee—provide exhaustive coverage of corporate governance topics, the Security and Exchange Commission’s latest moves, and reactions of both companies and shareholders.
If you want a taste of what it’s like to practice in China or the types of inquiries that veteran practitioners there field each day, then China Law Blog is a must-read. Dan Harris in Seattle and Steve Dickinson in Qingdao could hit delete or ignore the left-field and sometimes ethically questionable requests they often get. Instead, they turn inquiries and issues they come across into teachable moments, sharing their experiences and observations as they help businesses navigate Chinese law.
You’ve got a few more months until taxes are due, but you can read Taxgirl year-round. Philadelphian Kelly Phillips Erb blogs about taxes for Forbes, and it’s not just a personal finance blog; she also reports on political wrangling over tax legislation and tax-related news from the media. If you want to know about the tax woes of Prince and Michael Vick, Taxgirl’s your girl.
How private can we remain with today’s technology? After all, Target may know from your shopping history that you’re pregnant before your family and friends do. Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill examines how data-gathering technology and privacy laws collide—and why you may not want to post that photo to Facebook.
“This blawg gives me up-to-date and far-ranging information about election law from all over the country—from legal scholars, social scientists, courts and the news. It’s a daily (or thrice-daily) stop for anyone interested in how we govern ourselves. Rick Hasen is a pre-eminent scholar with a point of view, but not didactically so.”—Judy Schaffert, staff attorney for the Arizona Supreme Court
Trial consultants Douglas Keene and Rita Handrich share their wealth of knowledge about every aspect of a jury trial, from witness preparation to the latest brain research. Did you know that psychopaths often have a very poor sense of smell? Well, now you do. Be sure to check out their Twitter feed for links to new studies that could affect jury trials.
Philip Thomas covers topics relevant to his state’s civil litigators (sometimes beating the mainstream media), including the BP oil spill and the need for federal judges. “He’s not philosophically overbearing and is very thorough,” writes Y’all Politics blogger Alan Lange.
A Connecticut Law Blog “single-handedly changed politics in Connecticut by analyzing the legal requirements to become attorney general. The presumed candidate ended up being disqualified and that ... created a domino effect on other races,” says Dan Schwartz, Connecticut Employment Law Blog.
Education Week’s blog has straightforward daily reporting on state supreme court and appellate decisions related to the rights of schoolchildren. (Full disclosure: Blogger Mark Walsh also does U.S. Supreme Court coverage for the ABA Journal.)
Zone’s focus is on a matter of square miles: This land use and environmental law blog by lawyers at Herrick, Feinstein covers the impact of regulations and local laws on real estate development in New York City and the businesses and WOOFs (well-off old folks) based there.