2017 ABA Journal Web 100
It’s time again for nominations for the ABA Journal Web 100 (formerly “Blawg 100”). The expanded Web 100 now includes (in addition to law blogs) social media accounts, podcasts, and law firm websites. You can nominate as many folks in as many categories as you’d like, using the Web 100 amici form. Here’s who I’ll be nominating and why.
Here are the only two law blogs I read on a weekly basis. I value my time and they’re worth the price of admission:
Big Law Investor: This site is authored by Josh (@biglawinvestor) who is in BigLaw in New York City. He writes about debt and investment planning (including shedding student loan debt) and other types of sound financial advice. His writing is practical and digestible, and besides all that, Josh is a nice guy.
Lawyers & Liquor: Boozy Barrister (@boozybarrister) is the lawyer behind this madhouse blog. It’s unusually profane and supremely entertaining. Boozy discusses everything from managing clients to negotiating settlements. He dares to venture out onto the shaky (and often shady) ground where other non-monikered bloggers fear to trod, dissecting parrot memes and the intersection between clashing subcultures of furries and sovereign citizens, following which he became suddenly and unexpectedly notorious.
Social Media (Read: Twitter)
Law Twitter is an interesting and diverse place. It ranges from snarky to informative, and too many good follows for me to mention here. Here are some noteworthy accounts that are worthy of a follow and a nomination:
Associate’s Mind: Keith is an old head when it comes to blawging, but he’s also the Father of LawyerSlack, in much the same way that James Madison is the Father of the Constitution (Am I overselling it?). His snark game is strong and he regularly has interesting content.
Alabama State Bar: If you don’t follow them on Twitter, your first reaction to this might be, “Excuse me, what?!” But that stuffy band of old codgers has a sense of humor and it is spectacular! Not only that, but the Alabama State Bar is quick to support and promote its members’ accomplishments.
Judge Dillard: He is the recently-appointed Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, and his Twitter game is on point. More importantly, he’s an avid supporter of Samford University and its football team.
If you follow any lawyers who have contributed to your knowledge, amusement, practice management, or cynical worldview, consider nominating them for the ABA Journal Web 100.
Disclaimer: One of the ABA’s rules for the 2017 ABA Journal Web 100 is not to nominate other people on a tit-for-tat basis and to disclose relationships with those you nominate. In that vein, I’m “internet friends” with some of these folks. Others are strangers. (Note: I don’t know any of them half so well as the Alabama State Bar knows me, especially after I had to send that letter to Character and Fitness explaning that unfortunate disciplinary probation during undergrad.) And I’m nominating all of them without any expectation or reciprocity.
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