Irreverent and muckraking posts on breaking legal news and issues of the day. In additional to reporting on news events and cases of interest, ATL contributors offer commentary on legal controversies and the state of the industry at large. The site also has a career center with job listings and information for job seekers. ATL was added to the ABA Journal's Blawg 100 Hall of Fame in 2012.
Posts track how well arbitration agreements are passing scrutiny in appellate court decisions nationwide—paying special attention to rulings that define the limits of arbitrators' power and giving frank opinions on this jurisprudence. Some posts answer her readers questions about rules hidden inside the Federal Arbitration Act.
Legal research services—Bloomberg BNA, LexisNexis, Westlaw—are a big part of this blog's beat. But O'Grady also takes close looks at new legal research platforms, interviews legal publishing leaders, and explores the evolving role of law librarians as the profession absorbs new technology and law firms rethink how they serve clients.
Posts tackle “glass ceiling” discrimination cases and related employment discrimination topics.
The Wall Street Journal's legal blog features a half-dozen detailed posts daily on a wide variety of legal topics from law firm shakeups—sometimes featuring interviews with BigLaw names—to the U.S. Supreme Court. Posts frequently include links to pleadings and other relevant legal documents.
"The lawyering survival guide, featuring posts on blogging, careers, ethics, marketing, going paperless, practice management, starting a law firm, and technology." The blawg is in the Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. Lawyerist also produces an occasional newsletter, The Lawyerist Podcast (co-hosted by Sam Glover and Aaron Street) and the TBD Law events.
"Legal humor. Seriously." Daily posts feature legal, political and criminal justice stories in the news that seem too outlandish to be true.
"Serving women in law school and the legal profession, Ms. JD is an online community that provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and aspiring lawyers." The blawg features issues relating to the numbers of women who opt out of the legal profession and the poor representation of women in the courts and legal community. The site also addresses the role of gender in legal careers.
"Dedicated to the demands and desires of solos and small law firms, the clients we serve and others in the legal profession who use our services or dream of going out on their own." This blog was started to help students and lawyers at firms who want to create unconventional practices and to provide a place for solos to trade advice and tout their successes.
This blawg "explores an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public's expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability."
Susan Cartier Liebel and her rock-solid roster of contributors give comprehensive advice and frank opinions for those who are or want to be solo practitioners. Posts address both a reader's practical questions and conflicted emotions.
"Regular updates about interesting developments and themes in the application of technology to law practice and law business." For law firms and law departments on a quest for efficiency through technology and staffing. Posts cover knowledge management, outsourcing and alternate fee arrangements.
Churns out original BigLaw coverage from dawn to dusk every business day, and they also never fail to focus on how national and world news might affect the Am Law 200. Posts cover law firm news, new litigation (with a focus on the firms involved), as well as major federal and state court rulings.
"Law and lobbying in the nation's capital." While the BLT's law firm news for the most part stays inside the Beltway, its concise and timely original reporting on all three branches of the federal government gives it national appeal.
The blog has a stated goal of being a "career sherpa" for its readers. Some posts give advice to those who seek success in BigLaw or at least news about BigLaw hiring trends; other posts focus on women in the law and work-life balance issues.
"In the 21st century, the practice of law is shaking loose from its traditional moorings and heading out into uncharted territory. Opportunities abound, but so do pitfalls. Most of the old rules won’t apply anymore, while some will matter more than ever. Welcome to the new legal profession, powered by collaboration, innovation, and client service. This is your front-row seat."
Posts jump in the blogosphere's conversation about law firm marketing hits and misfires.
Solo practitioner Stephanie Kimbro has operated a virtual law firm out of Wilmington, N.C., for five years. She uses her experience to write about the ethics, technology and practical aspects involved in virtual lawyering.