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.
HALL OF FAME This is a highly specific niche blog that nonetheless deserves its spot in the top 100 because of how utterly indispensable it is for its demographic. If you practice law in or around China or if you do any business with Chinese companies, you probably already have this bookmarked. Heck, if you're even visiting China, give it a read because the bloggers provide excellent practical advice on not getting kidnapped. (We admit being fascinated by the anti-kidnapping advice.)
HALL OF FAME Philadelphia lawyer Kelly Phillips Erb finds the tax angles of the day's major stories, sometimes consulting experts and sometimes sharing her own opinions on U.S. tax policy. Celebrities' tax woes often make appearances. This year, she also did a series of "back to school" posts that answered tax questions tied to the beginning of the academic year: Are tutoring services deductible? How do you document school-supply donations for tax purposes? Can you deduct expenses related to kids' sports?
HALL OF FAME With this year's revelations about NSA surveillance, Kashmir Hill's privacy blog on Forbes.com should find itself with even more readers. While many posts are labeled "Headline Grab" and are more akin to tweets, Hill also composes substantive posts about topics such as how long-forgotten Facebook posts might come back to haunt you and why your baby monitor's webcam should be password-protected.
"As a political sociologist ... I am impressed with the scope of coverage of [Rick] Hasen's blog, the timeliness of the posts, the effort Hasen makes to keep discussions nonpartisan and civil, and the wide range of knowledgeable contributors." —Chandler Davidson, professor emeritus, Rice University
Written by Austin, Texas-based jury consultants Rita Handrich and Douglas Keene of Keene Trial Consulting, this is a useful one for litigators and anyone interested in getting some insight into jury psychology. We particularly enjoy the bits about how conspiracy theorists function—and how you can use their participation in mock trials to strengthen your case.
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.