Check Out This Blog

January 30, 2015

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I just discovered this blog through a pingback to my blog:


S|M| i |L|E  ( has been around since last summer.

According to their blog:

S|M| i |L|E (Social Media in Legal Education) is a new collaborative project involving Australian legal academics. The project emerged out of discussions between four academics attending the Australasian Law Teachers Association annual conference at Bond University (Gold Coast, Queensland) during July 2014.

The blog offers a wealth of information.

Under the “Libraries” tab, you will find useful articles categorized under: For Academics, In the Media, For Students, For Practioners, Social Media and Legal Issues.

So far, there have been posts about Flipping the Classroom, Twitter, Open Access, Online Discussions, LinkedIn, Tumbler, Pontoon, Storify, Pinterest as used in legal education.

If you interested in using social media in law school teaching, you should add this one to your Blog reader.




7th Annual Blawg 100

November 26, 2013

Illustration by Dado Queiroz

What do you think of the picks? You can peruse an alphabetical list below. To vote for your favorites by category, click here. The polls open Nov. 25 and shut down at close of business Dec. 20.

And click here for a list of these bloggers’ Twitter handles to help you track their latest posts.

Congrats to the writers who made this year’s list—and especially to those added to the hall of fame this year.

I wish I had the time to read more blogs. I have left the full description for those related to law school and/or technology. For the rest, click HERE for the link to the the ABA Journal’s complete post.

Abnormal Use –

Adam Smith, Esq. –

Adams on Contract Drafting –

Arbitration Nation –

Arms Control Law –

At Counsel Table –

Attorney at Work –

Bankruptcy Mastery –

The Becker-Posner Blog –

Biederman Blog –

The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times –

The Careerist –

Center for Law and Religion Forum –

CFPB Monitor –

Chasing Truth. Catching Hell. –

China Law Blog –

Compelling Discovery –

Connecticut Employment Law Blog –

Corporette – –

Crime & Consequences –

The D&O Diary –

Defending People –

Defrosting Cold Cases –

The Delaware Employment Law Blog –

Dewey B Strategic –

Divorce Discourse –

The Droid Lawyer –

“The Droid Lawyer provides practical tips that help attorneys sort through the ever-growing mountain of apps and hardware upgrades and identify those that can actually make life easier. Whether I’m making a checklist of documents for closing a deal or a list of books that I want to read on my tablet during vacation, the Droid Lawyer helps me find the right tool for the job.” —Jim Singer, Fox Rothschild, Pittsburgh

 Drug and Device Law –

Election Law Blog –

The Employer Handbook –

Eric Meyer, a partner at Dilworth Paxson in Philadelphia, “is candid yet informative,” human resources professional Lonniece Senior writes. “His humor and sarcasm help ease away some of the employment law pain he dissects for us. I never open this blog and not chuckle! I am so selfish I don’t want others to see the URL for fear they will catch on to where I get a good portion of my info!”

FDA Law Blog –

The Federal Criminal Appeals Blog –

FMLA Insights –

Gavel to Gavel –

The Girl’s Guide to Law School –

“I like this blog for several reasons: (1) It’s very well-written; (2) it provides real insight and good advice for would-be and current law students; (3) it has a clear and strong female perspective that is still too rare in the blawgosphere; and (4) it balances warnings about the pitfalls of law with a real enthusiasm for the profession that other school- or youth-related law blogs have lost, or never had.” —Jordan Furlong, Law21, and a legal consultant in Ottawa, Canada

Hercules and the umpire –

Hollywood, Esq. –

The Illustrated Guide to Law –

Imagine reading a comic book hidden inside your textbook during Crim Law I class. Now imagine that the comic book is your criminal law textbook. New York City criminal defense lawyer Nathaniel Burney is methodically working his way through all the courses a 1L would take and illustrating the legal concepts with cartoon characters. His first volume, the Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law, was published last year, and you can follow along as he creates the next volume, covering criminal procedure.

iPhone J.D. –

New Orleans lawyer Jeff Richardson lines up to get his hands on the latest Apple products on the day they are released, shares his experiences in great detail (focusing on the lawyerly uses of these devices) and rounds up Apple coverage from all over the Web. So if you want the skinny on iOS 7, the iPhone 5S, and the recently released iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display, this is the blog to visit.

IPWatchdog –

JD Careers Out There –

Jonathan Turley –

Josh Blackman’s Blog –

Jotwell –

The Jury Room –

Koehler Law –

Lady (Legal) Writer –

Tips on legal writing are always fantastic, but this blog by Megan E. Boyd also includes real-life cautionary tales of the pitfalls of poor legal writing. Polish your punctuation with her guidance. Boyd is an adjunct professor of legal writing at Mercer University School of Law.

Law and the Multiverse –

Lawfare –

LawProse –

While the title of this blog is not a word in any dictionary, we’ll give Black’s Law Dictionary editor Bryan Garner a pass. Garner writes a comprehensive column “on words” for the ABA Journal, but his blog posts are short and to the point. He writes daily word usage tips and “LawProse Lessons” every Tuesday that tackle nagging style questions that we guarantee you’ve asked yourself.

Law School Cafe –

This is a hub for all those who are dissatisfied with the current state of legal ed and have ideas on how to change it. Deborah J. Merritt, a professor at Ohio State University, and Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, are the moderators and curators. For facts to back up your opinions, be sure to click on the blog’s “Useful Data” tab.

The Law School Tuition Bubble –

Law21 –


Legal As She Is Spoke-

The Legal Geeks –

The Legal Genealogist –

Legally Weird-

The Legal Watercooler-

The Legal Whiteboard-

At this blog, law professors take the temperature of the state of American law schools and write, not without criticism, from their insiders’ perspective. They crunch the numbers on application rates and law schools’ financials, link to relevant scholarship and weigh in on it, and take note of certificate programs and panel discussions for new lawyers who want to stay on the cutting edge.

Legal Writing Prof Blog –

These professors of legal writing and lawyering skills don’t post legal writing facts and tips, but rather point readers to other published articles, scholarship and blog posts relevant to legal writing. They also note contests, webinars, conferences and job openings for legal writing professors.

Litigation & Trial –

The Litigation Consulting Report –

Lowering the Bar –

The Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog –

Medical Futility Blog-

Ms. JD-

Despite advances, female lawyers face unique challenges in getting ahead in the profession, particularly women of color. Founded seven years ago by a group of female law students, Ms. JD continues to be a place where law students and recent grads can go to find inspiration from successful women in the field. The blog (affiliated with the National Women Law Students’ Organization) contains a wealth of practical tips on financing a legal education and launching a professional career.

The Not-So Private Parts –

Ohio Employer’s Law Blog –

Overlawyered –

Patent Docs-

Persuasive Litigator-

Philly Law Blog-



A Public Defender-

Real Lawyers Have Blogs-

Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log-

Religion Clause-

Ride the Lightning-


Proud “libpunk” Glassmeyer’s posts have admittedly been a little thin on the ground in 2013—but what we see, we like. We’re nodding to her librarian status by placing her in this category, but many posts by Glassmeyer, who works at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, focus on law schools: sometimes about where they should be going with their libraries and sometimes on legal education more generally.

Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home-

Small Firm Innovation-

Stop Asking Where I’m From-

Supreme Court Haiku Reporter-


TaxProf Blog-

 Paul Caron, a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, covers tax reform in the news and scholarship related to U.S. tax law, and he notes celebrity tax disasters. But we like TaxProf at least as much for Caron’s exhaustive coverage of news and debates covering legal education. He became the sole owner of the Law Professor Blogs Network and a makeover of that group of blogs soon followed.


 This blog has a constant stream of chatty posts telling readers which gadgets and apps are actually worthwhile for one’s law practice or law school existence. Readers also like the weekly columns by Eric Sinrod, a partner at Duane Morris in San Francisco. Lawrence Huff of Philadelphia wrote that Sinrod “does an excellent job of picking emerging issues of technology and explaining in clear terms existing law and its application.”

Technology & Marketing Law Blog-

Tempe Criminal Defense-

3 Geeks and a Law Blog-

Nope, it’s not another comic book blog—although we love those. Check this out if you’re interested in information management, law libraries, Internet marketing or the role of technology in law practice management. The 3 Geeks (lesser-seen founder Sophia Lisa Salazar, Greg Lambert and Toby Brown) get fruitful reader discussions going with their “Elephant Posts,” which ask for multiple views on a single issue or question.

Trading Secrets-

Trial Insider-

The Velvet Hammer-


What the Public Defender?-

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog-


Are there any blogs that you like to read that aren’t on this list?   Which ones on this list do you read regularly?

Teach Blogging in Law School?

October 23, 2013

Check out Kevin O’Keefe’s posts on his blog “Real Lawyers Have Blogs:

According O’Keefe, teaching law students to blog will:

  • improve writing
  • improve learning
  • create opportunities for meeting people

Being a blogger, I may be a little biased.  But it makes sense to me.

At the end of the post, O’Keefe offers his help:

If you are law school dean, professor, or other professional interested in developing a program (even a pilot program) to teach blogging, LexBlog and I are happy help.

Cool Web 2.0 Tools

September 6, 2013

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Check this site out!!!

cool tools index

and more…

All I can say is that this site includes everything you would ever want to try…all are on the web and are free. Some tools you may have heard of but I bet that most of them you have not.

The site has won numerous awards and I can see why.

I recommend taking a look and bookmarking it.  You will want to go back.

Social Networking

June 24, 2013


Albany Law School has a few school marketing pages:

youtube                   VIMEO is actually used more for uploading school videos

Individual departments have their own Facebook pages (library, registrar, etc). Some professors have their own WordPress blog accounts and Skype ids.

Best Practices Blog

Best Practices Blog

How many of the above do you or your law school use?

Albany Law’s Instructional Technology Blog – 2011 in review

January 2, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Staff Development at Albany Law – 3 Models

January 7, 2011

Topics for staff development provided to law faculty this past fall were based on responses to a pre-semester survey and were chosen by faculty request.

Three types of workshops were given, as described below:

Model 1 –  I, the instructional technologist, taught and the faculty watched. The Topic, Wikis, was requested by the clinic faculty.

Wikis Presentation:

Model 2 – Fellow faculty members discussed their use of  Interactive TWEN Tools.  They shared how these tools enhanced student learning and offered lessons learned.

Power of TWEN Presentation:

Model 3 – This was a hands-on presentation. Faculty brought their laptops and learned to animate text, create hyperlinks, embed YouTube videos, and other Advanced PowerPoint tricks.

Justification for this model is the famous Confucius saying: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

Adv. PowerPoint Presentation:

After each of the presentation, a survey was given to all the attendees. It is, however, always a challenge to get them to respond.

Model 1

You can see here that no one was sure that they were going to use a wiki.

Model 2

The response to this workshop was a lot more positive.  The attendees will be trying to use what they learned about. But they would need assistance.

Model 3

In this model, as well, the attendees feel that they will use what they learned.  Because it was hands-on, most felt that would be able to do it themselves.

Where do we go from here?

It seems that both Models 2 & 3  have been successful with the law faculty here.  Additional hands-on workshop will be offered on TWEN, PowerPoint and other technology tools. 

Another faculty sharing session has been scheduled for Feb 2, 2011. The topic is “Using Student Digital Video Recording for Assessment.”