To be exact, two of FindLaw's blogs -- Technologist (a blog targeted at tech tips for lawyers and emerging legal and tech issues) and Legally Weird (a repository of idiotic criminals, nonsensical laws, and absurd outcomes) -- were nominated by readers of the American Bar Association's monthly magazine, and are now in the running for the top spots in their categories, "Legal Tech" and "For Fun," respectively.
Now all we need are your votes.
Technologist: Gadgets, Reviews, Ranting, and the Law
FindLaw's Technologist blog marries two of my favorite things: geekery and gray areas in the law. This past year, we made a concentrated effort to refocus the blog. We wanted more reviews of gadgets and software that lawyers find handy (like cloud practice management platforms and Bay Trail processors) and more discussion of the biggest law and technology issues (like that time the Solicitor General "misled" the Supreme Court about NSA surveillance).
This year, we've published blog posts more frequently and added a handful of brilliant voices to an already strong foundation. Apparently, the renewed effort was a success. We couldn't be more excited about the response in terms of traffic, reader feedback, and of course, the honor of being included on the ABA Journal's "Blawg 100" list.
Legally Weird: Pure, Utter Absurdity
As for FindLaw's Legally Weird blog, just look at some of the recent headlines: "Ghost Hunters Get High, Burn Down Historic Plantation Home." Or perhaps, "Ala. Man Can't Bury Wife in Front Yard, Courts Rule."
Seriously, you know you want to dig into those posts.
As FindLaw's Consumer Blogs Editor Andrew Chow explained, Legally Weird "is a blog that lets our lawyer-bloggers let loose with their creativity and legal acumen.
"It was one of my personal favorites to write for, back when I was a rookie blogger," Chow continued. "And the team we have in place now is making it better than ever."
And as Chow noted, Legally Weird covers more than just dumb criminals. It also shows how technicalities in the law can lead to weird consequences (like the animal rights activist charged with animal cruelty) and how some things you think aren't legal actually are (like the man who left his estate to his cats -- apparently it's legal in a few states).
"'Butt' yes," Chow added (with an emphasis on "butt"), "we do cover a fair amount of stupidity."
Vote Now, Please!
FindLaw Blogs Editor Tanya Roth, who has been with the blog team the longest, was particularly excited to see the hard work pay off. "It's something we have been working toward for a while," Roth said. "It is a privilege to be in there with the best of the best."
If you're a fan of our blogs, we'd really appreciate it if you'd take the time to head over to the ABA Journal's website and vote for Technologist and Legally Weird in their respective categories. And stay tuned to those blogs -- not to mention our other consumer and legal professional blogs as well. The best is yet to come.