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Bitter Lawyer Wins Webby; Institute for Justice Grabs People’s Voice Award

Posted May 4, 2010 3:14 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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The irreverent Bitter Lawyer is the winner of this year's Webby Award for best website in the law category. But it will have company on the Webby stage when award recipients deliver their five-word acceptance speeches.

That's because the Institute for Justice and its "merry band of litigators" locked in the popular vote, meaning it'll take home this year's People's Voice Award in the same category.

ABANow.org, American Bar Association’s Media Relations Department, was in the running this year, too. The Webby Awards are in their 14th year and have been described as the Internet's highest honor.

"It’s gratifying—and surprising, frankly—to find out we won a Webby," Bitter Lawyer Editor Mark Thudium told the ABA Journal. "Sometimes we’re not sure whether the material we're posting is entertaining or insane, so winning at least helps assure us that we’re not totally uninteresting."

Thudium said the award is "proof that something good can occasionally come from being so damn bitter. That’s our message of hope to lawyers everywhere."

This year's winners will be honored at a gala Monday, June 14, in New York City. The Webbys will honor Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, with a lifetime achievement award and recognize Roger Ebert as person of the year. The Webby for best actress will go to Amy Poehler, and the film and video artist of the year award goes to the band OK Go.

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