Today the ABA names us one of the top 100 law blogs. Long story short, the ABA shafted a whole bunch of more deserving folks than us (such as Stand Down, Arbitrary & Capricious, CrimProf, Defending People, Harmful Error, Justice Gambit, Public Defender Stuff, and especially the Innocence Blog). Although the sign belows says “Vote”, we’d like you to simple vote for Grits for Breakfast, Doug Berman’s Sentencing Law & Policy or Simple Justice. [update: I can't believe I forgot to mention Gideon @ A Public Defender]
As Doug Berman aptly explains:
As How Appealing details here, the ABA Journal has created this “Blawg 100″ list. Though I am biased toward the list because I am on it (and because it describes my commentary as avant-garde), I think it is fair for me to assert that the list provides a terrific “blogroll” for lawyers looking to keep up with legal news and ideas.
Relatedly, the magazine has this feature entitled “ForeBlawggers: Seven lawyers who started the blawg revolution.” I’m sold on most of ABA Journal‘s picks for founding bloggers, though I think a few other law professor bloggers (e.g., Althouse, Banbridge, Balkin, Leiter, Lessig) might have merited a place on the ForeBlawggers list.
Here is the multimillion dollar question, do I send the ABA’s suggesteds press release to the head of my public defender agency asking for a raise?
Sample Press Release
[INSERT NAME OF BLAWG] PICKED AS ONE OF THE ABA JOURNAL’S BLAWG 100
(Insert CITY, STATE – DATE) – Editors of the ABA Journal today announced they have selected [Blawg Name] as one of the top 100 best websites by lawyers, for lawyers.
Now lawyers are being asked to vote on their favorites in each of the Blawg 100’s 12 categories. To vote, go to http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs/blawg100. Voting ends Jan. 2, 2008.
[Name of Blawg] is authored by [name of individual authors who contribute to the blawg.]
“Lawyers nationwide are using the power of the Internet to educate the public about developments in the law, market their practices and attract new clients,” says Edward A. Adams, the Journal’s editor and publisher. “Our list of the 100 best lawyer blogs is the cream of the crop from our directory of more than 1,500 blawgs in dozens of categories, including blawgs focused on almost every state, law school and major federal court in the nation.”
[Quote from Blawg author/contact].
About the ABA Journal:
The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation’s 1.1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. ABAJournal.com features breaking legal news updated as it happens by staff reporters throughout every business day, a directory of more than 1,500 lawyer blogs, and the full contents of the magazine.
About the ABA:
With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.