Sunday, July 20, 2014

The ABA Blawg 100

Not that this blog is a huge fan of the ABA or has any use for accolades, but I wanted to alert our readership that the ABA Journal is currently soliciting "amici briefs" for inclusion in the ABA Blawg 100.  Responses are due by 5:00 on August 8th.

What is the criteria for inclusion in the ABA Blawg 100?
There is no specific criteria that a blogger can meet to be guaranteed a spot on the Blawg 100....
• We're primarily interested in blogs in which the author is recognizable as someone working in a legal field or studying law in the vast majority of his or her posts.
• The blog should offer insights into the practice of law and be of interest to legal professionals or law students.
• The majority of the blog’s content should be unique to the blog and not cross-posted or cut and pasted from other publications.
• We are not interested in blogs that more or less exist to promote the author’s products and services.
I think we meet the criteria, don't you?  Last year, Law School Cafe made the list as "a hub for all those who are dissatisfied with the current state of legal ed and have ideas on how to change it."  This blog, however, missed the cut last year, presumably because it was not operating for the entire year.  Given that this blog has more posts, comments, and street cred with the target audience than Law School Cafe, I would think this blog is well worthy of inclusion.

But do we want inclusion in such an establishment list?  I think that's best left up to the discerning readership.

However, if you do happen to submit an "amicus brief" on behalf of this blog, please feel free to copy-post your "brief" as a comment to this post.


  1. This is a great blog, absolutely great, and certainly deserves Top 10 if not Number One status.

    However, before you file your amicus briefs, you might want to make sure that Brian Leiter, Steve Diamond, and Dan Filler aren't involved in the selection process in any way, or associated with the people reading the briefs. There exists a loose network of law professors--and even aspiring academics--who would love to expose you, ostracize you, defame you, and file false ethics complaints against you. Make certain that you're secure in your employment before you file a brief, and don't include any information or pet phrases that could identify you as a poster on this blog.

    Safety First!!

  2. Unfortunately, the ABA will not even consider this blog, even if a thousand amici write in.

  3. "It seems to me that you're the Eeeeexpert, Mark!"

  4. I wonder if Professor Campos would have made the Top 10 two years ago, when he was at the height of his influence. Those old posts from August 2011 to February 2013 make for great reading, even today.

  5. Is Brian Leiter planning to issue his own ranking of law blogs? Lots of people love rankings, and Leiter is usually happy to accommodate them. Is this an attempt to coopt him, or his attempt to coopt someone else?