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 – abnormaluse.com

Adam Smith, Esq. – adamsmithesq.com

Adams on Contract Drafting – adamsdrafting.com

Arbitration Nation – arbitrationnation.com

Arms Control Law – armscontrollaw.com

At Counsel Table – atcounseltable.com

Attorney at Work – attorneyatwork.com

Bankruptcy Mastery – bankruptcymastery.com

The Becker-Posner Blog – www.becker-posner-blog.com

Biederman Blog – biedermanblog.com

The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times – legaltimes.typepad.com

The Careerist – thecareerist.typepad.com

Center for Law and Religion Forum – clrforum.org

CFPB Monitor – cfpbmonitor.com

Chasing Truth. Catching Hell. – chasingtruthcatchinghell.com

China Law Blog – chinalawblog.com

Compelling Discovery – compellingdiscovery.com

Connecticut Employment Law Blog – ctemploymentlawblog.com

Corporette – corporette.com

Courtartist.com – courtartist.com

Crime & Consequences – crimeandconsequences.com/crimblog

The D&O Diary – dandodiary.com

Defending People – blog.bennettandbennett.com

Defrosting Cold Cases – defrostingcoldcases.com

The Delaware Employment Law Blog – delawareemploymentlawblog.com

Dewey B Strategic – deweybstrategic.blogspot.com

Divorce Discourse – divorcediscourse.com

The Droid Lawyer – thedroidlawyer.com

“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 – druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com

Election Law Blog – electionlawblog.org

The Employer Handbook –theemployerhandbook.com

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 – www.fdalawblog.net

The Federal Criminal Appeals Blog – federalcriminalappealsblog.com

FMLA Insights –fmlainsights.com

Gavel to Gavel – gaveltogavel.us

The Girl’s Guide to Law School – thegirlsguidetolawschool.com

“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 – herculesandtheumpire.com

Hollywood, Esq. – hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/thr-esq

The Illustrated Guide to Law – lawcomic.net

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. – iphonejd.com

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 – ipwatchdog.com

JD Careers Out There – jdcareersoutthere.com

Jonathan Turley – jonathanturley.org

Josh Blackman’s Blog – joshblackman.com

Jotwell – jotwell.com

The Jury Room – keenetrial.com/blog

Koehler Law – koehlerlaw.net/blog

Lady (Legal) Writer – ladylegalwriter.blogspot.com

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 – lawandthemultiverse.com

Lawfare – lawfareblog.com

LawProse – lawprose.org/blog

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 –lawschoolcafe.org

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 – lawschooltuitionbubble.wordpress.com

Law21 – law21.ca

Lawyerist- lawyerist.com

Legal As She Is Spoke- lasisblog.com

The Legal Geeks – thelegalgeeks.com

The Legal Genealogist – legalgenealogist.com

Legally Weird- blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird

The Legal Watercooler- legalwatercoolerblog.com

The Legal Whiteboard- lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwhiteboard

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 – lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting

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 – litigationandtrial.com

The Litigation Consulting Report – a2lc.com/blog

Lowering the Bar – loweringthebar.net

The Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog – massrealestatelawblog.com

Medical Futility Blog- medicalfutility.blogspot.com

Ms. JD- ms-jd.org

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 – blogs.forbes.com/kashmirhill

Ohio Employer’s Law Blog – ohioemployerlawblog.com

Overlawyered – overlawyered.com

Patent Docs- www.patentdocs.org

Persuasive Litigator- www.litigationps.com

Philly Law Blog- phillylawblog.wordpress.com

PointofLaw.com- pointoflaw.com

Ponzitracker- ponzitracker.com

Popehat- popehat.com

A Public Defender- apublicdefender.com

Real Lawyers Have Blogs- kevin.lexblog.com

Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log- tushnet.blogspot.com

Religion Clause- religionclause.blogspot.com

Ride the Lightning- ridethelightning.senseient.com

SarahGlassmeyer(dot)com- sarahglassmeyer.com

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- employeeatty.blogspot.com

Small Firm Innovation- smallfirminnovation.com

Stop Asking Where I’m From- humarashid.com

Supreme Court Haiku Reporter- supremecourthaiku.com/blog1

Taxgirl- forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb

TaxProf Blog- taxprof.typepad.com

 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.

Technologist- blogs.findlaw.com/technologist

 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- blog.ericgoldman.org

Tempe Criminal Defense- brownandlittlelaw.com/blog

3 Geeks and a Law Blog- geeklawblog.com

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- tradesecretslaw.com

Trial Insider- trialinsider.com

The Velvet Hammer- karenkoehlerblog.com

Verdict- verdict.justia.com

What the Public Defender?- whatthepublicdefender.tumblr.com

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog- lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof

Witnesseth- witnesseth.typepad.com

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