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Worthwhile sites in ABA Journal's Hall of Fame

Joel Howell

Article by Joel Howell Newsletter Editorial Board

Email: jwh3@mindspring.com
Posted December 7, 2016

For several years, the American Bar Association Journal has published its annual Blawg 100. Here are some worthwhile sites that are included in its Hall of Fame.

Abovethelaw.com takes a behind-the-scenes view of the legal world. It gives current news and insight on the profession’s most colorful and prominent personas and authoritative institutions. The site also provides unique and innovative commentary on recent developments in the legal profession.

Myshingle.com addresses the wants and needs of solos and small firms, as well as providing insight and advice for those contemplating downsizing. The site offers support and information for a variety of specializations, ranging from corporate practices competing with large firms to part-time attorneys with a family or simply looking to supplement their day jobs. It is currently adding resources for solos looking to expand their businesses. For anyone looking to move to this size practice or fine tune an existing practice, Myshingle is well worth a look.

NewYorkPersonalInjuryAttorneyblog.com, written by Eric Turkewitz, reviews and examines New York cases. While centering on personal injury matters, it also includes reflections on medical malpractice and the civil justice system. Though limited to New York, it still can be worth an occasional view.

Howappealing.law.com is devoted exclusively to appellate litigation. If your practice involves any appellate advocacy, this site can be used to garner needed information and tips on a wide variety of topics from other lawyers. The site blogs cases nationwide, but is limited to the federal system.

Lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession is a blog by academicians from Tulane, Georgetown, and Suffolk law schools on a wide variety of topics such as ethics, law and business, and pro bono work. The posted articles typically supply important “dos” and “don’ts” in the legal profession. This site is perfect if you are weary of possible discipline and are uncertain of how to proceed on any particular issue.

Patentlyo.com is the nation’s leading patent law blog, created by associate professors from the University of Iowa College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Law. The site gives up to date information on recent issues such as gene patents and claim-drafting tips. It also provides plentiful info on a wide variety of other topics such as attorneys’ fees and disclaimers.

Scotusblog.com is the blog for the Supreme Court of the United States. This site informs on current Supreme Court cases and topics, as well as historical data. It provides statistics on voting patterns for sitting Justices and is useful for historical perspective.

Volokh.com is a group blog posted by mostly law professors. It has posts on any number of topics ranging from Third Amendment cases to the Obama Administration. It even tackles the highly-debated topic of the right to bear arms. If you’re just looking for a good read, this is the place to go for topics debated in the news today.

Blog.simplejustice.us is a New York criminal defense blog that does not give “legal advice” because “Legal advice you have to pay for.” This site is great for reading legal humor with a broad spectrum of topics. Perhaps its greatest feature is direct links to many other legal blogs, including the others listed in this article.

Robert Ambrogi’s lawsitesblog.com posts news and reviews of websites of interest to the legal field. Also included are blogs on technology and social media, as well as advice on marketing.

Questions or comments? Drop me an email: jwh3@mindspring.com