Five Great Legal Blogs We Love

September 21, 2010

In this Internet age, we are often asked which legal blogs we recommend – besides, of course, Simply The Law.

Our five go-to blogs are:

ACS Blog: An informative blog published by the American Constitution Society whose mission is to “promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.”

The blog is extremely impartial since the American Constitution Society takes no position on particular legal or policy initiatives. All expressions of opinion are those of the guest bloggers. ACS “encourages its members to express their views and make their voices heard in order to further a rigorous discussion of important issues.”

Screenshot from Overlawyered.com

Overlawyered.com

Overlawyered: A blog that “explores an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.”

Overlawyered was founded July 1999 by Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute (formerly at the Manhattan Institute), who remains its predominant writer. It used to be more of a humor site that detailed “stupid lawsuits,” but has since changed to be something more serious and academic.

Legal Juice: A hysterical legal humor blog published by John B. Mesirow of Mesirow & Stravitz, PLLC, Washington, DC.

Recent posts include John’s observations on a drunken Salt Lake City man who assaulted his employer’s computer server with a .45 caliber automatic weapon, and a Pennsylvania woman who bound and robbed her lawyer.

The Volokh Conspiracy: A group blog maintained by many law professors, including UCLA’s Eugene Volokh, that addresses a wide range of legal issues and is one of the most celebrated law blogs on the Web.

Underdog: This criminal defense blog is written by attorneys at Marks & Katz, LLC in Maryland. The blog features stories from around the country, and focuses on defendant’s rights.

That’s our current legal blog “Top 5.” If there’s one on your list that isn’t on ours, drop a link to it in the comments. We just hope one day Simply The Law will be on your Top 5 Legal Blogs list, too.

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Patrick September 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

One blog I’d add is PlagiarismToday (http://www.plagiarismtoday.com), run by my friend Jonathan Bailey. (In the interest of disclosure, we co-host a copyright-themed podcast together). It’s really the defensive publication when it comes to matters of plagiarism and content theft and is a tremendous wealth of information for those who have had their work stolen. He does a tremendous service for publishers and is very generous with his time.

Thanks,

Patrick

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