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Blawg 100 Popular Vote: The Readers Have Spoken

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More than 4,000 readers registered to vote on for their favorite law blogs in our 4th annual Blawg 100. Here are the popular choices in each of the 12 categories:

Court Watch

SCOTUSblog is the one-stop shop for news and expert analysis of all things U.S. Supreme Court—from lower-court cases causing a stir to oral arguments, opinions and the impact of rulings. Sporting a fresh design, it’s timely, authoritative and comprehensive without being dry or stodgy.


Abnormal Use: Lawyers at the litigation firm Gallivan, White & Boyd write informal products liability posts and conduct occasional “Abnormal Interviews” featuring Q&As with law professors. “Friday Links” skip tort law and focus on the rest of the blawg osphere.

In Labor

Work Matters: Michael Maslanka covers interesting labor law rulings when he sees them, but he generally looks at the bigger picture, writing about how lawyers can create fair and peaceful workplaces—and counsel their clients to do the same.

Law Biz

3 Geeks and a Law Blog: “What’s not to love? Research nerdery and industry criticism … written by some of the best and brightest in law firm business development, knowledge management, research, libraries, records.” —Emily C. Rushing, competitive intelligence manager, Haynes and Boone.


Above the Law remains unapologetically irreverent with its sensational coverage of lawyers and the business of law. ATL has added new voices for posts on marketing, small-firm practice and technology. But these contributions pale in comparison to the ballsy musings of David Lat and Elie Mystal.

Law Prof Plus

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog is an invaluable resource for Ohio State University law prof Bruce Johnson, who reads Texas Tech prof Gerry Beyer’s blog daily because it is “timely and greatly assists me in linking doctrine and rules to what happens in the ‘real world.’ “

Criminal Justice

Not Guilty: Mirriam Seddiq is a “born-again lawyer” who recently returned to practice and blogging after two years at home with her children. She writes about finding mentorship as a solo, recent criminal rulings and moments from her life that have affected her notions of justice.


The Legal Satyricon, aka Marc Randazza, seems to have handed over more of his blogging duties to the “Satyriconistas” of late. But the content still consistently alternates between refreshingly blunt posts on First Amendment issues and frat-boy humor.

Niche Blog: “It is a great and timely source for finding out what is going on with the [Securities and Exchange Commission] and the federal securities laws,” writes California Corporate & Securities Law blogger Keith Bishop.

IP Law

Some notable posts for IPWatchdog last year—the 11th for Gene Quinn’s website—include interviews with both Nick Godici, former acting director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and current director David Kappos.

For Fun

Law Law Land: A dozen-plus entertainment lawyers from the firm Greenberg Glusker write columns about the legal issues faced by those who want to move and shake in Hollywood. The topics are not necessarily timely, but these lawyers’ writing can entertain.

Legal Tech

Jeff Richardson, aka iPhone J.D., seems to never run out of apps, adaptations and accessories to examine and criticize. The blog “is indispensable for a lawyer with an iPhone because of the quick, clear updates,” says NMissCommentor blogger Tom Freeland.

The editors of the Blawg 100 would like your suggestions about how to improve the 5th annual Blawg 100 in 2011. Send suggestions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), keeping only this goal in mind: The Blawg 100 should draw attention to high-quality legal blogs written primarily by lawyers for a legal audience.

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