There's a lot of great legal blogs out there. One of the tricks is finding them. The other trick is, once you've found them, is doing what you can to get them noticed, so that they get the recognition they deserve and the opportunity to participate in the more interesting discussions of the legal community on this series of tubes.
In that spirit, everyone who enjoys "legal blogs" — a very wide category, by the way, that embraces blogs that some would say are equally political — should check out the ABA Journal's Blawg 100 Poll, and do your part to promote the blogs you like, so they'll get the warm and fuzzies they've earned. It's a bit of a pain in the ass — you've got to register before you can vote — but it's worth it.
A few shoutouts:
In the IMHO opinion, I was glad for the opportunity to vote for The Legal Satyricon. It's not just because Marc Randazza has The First Amendment practice we all wish we could have. It's because he and his team are funny, profane, provocative, and insightful, and they're kicking ass and taking names in the fight for free speech and against governmental and social fuckwittery of every stripe. The Legal Satyricon challenges me even when its inhabitants are pissing me off, which is not infrequent. Go over to the ABA Journal and give them a vote.
The Satyricon is fighting in a damn tough weight class, by the way. Their category includes Brian Tannebaum, who'd get my vote if the Satyricon weren't there. Brian relentlessly punctures the pretensions of the modern attorney mindset and the marketing mavens, and is always worth reading.
In the fun category, Lowering the Bar is the standout. I don't know anyone better at illuminating the sublimely ridiculous things about our modern legal system. Lesser observers (ahem) are unable to resist the urge to hoot and point; Kevin Underhill is a subtle artist.
And who knows torts? Eric Turkewitz knows torts — and helps keep frequent critics of the legal system (ahem, again) relatively honest. But he knows about a lot more than that — his broad range and the skill with which he addresses it makes him the standout in this category.
I don't know what to do about the Criminal Justice category. There are too many really good blogs. One day one of them is on top, the next day it's the other. I follow, religiously (for an unapologetic belief in a zealous defense of the accused is part of my religion) Defending People, Simple Justice, and A Public Defender. It's like asking me which of my kids I like best: the crotchety one, the belligerent one, or the emo one? And you can't count out Not Guilty. The only saving grace about having to vote in this category is the pleasure of watching the contestants abuse each other on twitter.
I don't think Popehat is enough of a "law blog" to make this annual contest — we enjoy writing about whatever we want too much, and our interests are too varied and twisted. But sometimes I hope we make it, to enjoy the company of blogs like these. Give them a vote.
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