In our companion article, bLAWgs & Blogs & What We Read, we describe our selection criteria, what we really think about the whole bLAWg thing and why the bLAWgs listed below -- the EDDix 50 -- are different.
The EDDix 50 is dynamic because the world's dynamic and, quite frankly, we're fickle. Feel free to check in with us from time to time. Corrections and comments via email ... your choice -- Angels@eddixllc.com OR Dunder.Heads@eddixllc.com.
Secret decoder ring -- if you're not wearing yours, here's what the color coding means ...
This blue box signifies that ... the bLAWg being reviewed covers EDD topics
This red/orange box means that ... regardless of focus, we think this bLAWg or blog is MUST READING
Adam Smith, Esq ... "an inquiry into the economics of law firms" is Bruce MacEwen's outstanding bLAWg. BM writes intelligently about issues central to understanding why the business of law is the way it is, identifying and very effectively addressing the factors that are re-shaping the landscape ... and/or not. (btw, we're not so shallow as to be taken in by the slick site presentation ... well, maybe a little) RSS ... Email NewsLetter
Alextronic Discovery ... Alex Lubarsky's blog is hosted at the Discovery Resources site. A practicing litigator, Alex is good for 2-3 posts a week dealing almost exclusively with electronic discovery issues ... distinctive blog voice and approach (though we really wish he would embed links to his references so we don't have to Google them every time). RSS ... Email NewsLetter
Bag and Baggage ... an appellate and IP lawyer with Reed Smith, Denise Howell's daily posts are concise, articulate, interesting and cover a broad range of legal, political and cultural topics ... a bLAWg community pioneer adept at bubbling up the best of what's out there. RSS ... Daily Whirl
beSpacific ... A DC-area law librarian for 25 years, Sabrina I. Pacifici founded and publishes the LLRX.com site as well as this blog. We don't know anybody not subscribing to the RSS feed or consulting the site several times a week. Covers copyright, privacy, censorship, the Patriot Act, ID theft, and freedom of information ... serves up the great resource links sans bloviation. RSS ... Email NewsLetter ... Daily Whirl
blawg ... Bill Gratsch delivers the ultimate blawgroll. If it is a blog and has to do with the law ... it's here ... 'nuff said. RSS ... Daily Whirl
CDT ... The link here is not a blog per se -- it's the web site of The Center for Democracy and Technology which provides an RSS headline feed. A DC-based public policy org, "CDT plays a leading role in free speech, privacy, Internet Governance and architecture issues affecting democracy and civil liberties on the global Internet." CDT has an unmistakable POV on regulation and law-making issues that have a clear and present nexus with electronic discovery. RSS
CIS Blog ... Blogs of multiple players at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (a/k/a Larry Lessig et. al) ... and we quote: "In the heart of the Silicon Valley, legal doctrine is emerging that will determine the course of civil rights and technological innovation for decades to come .... [we are] at the apex of this evolving area of law." If you can get beyond the Elephant Man aspects (sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of ideas), there is some pretty solid cyberlaw work being done there by some pretty solid people (if they do say so themselves) ... and so we follow it. Blogs of individual fellows are available from the Traceroutes group blog page. RSS ... Email NewsLetter
Corp Law Blog ... A partner at west-coast-based Munger, Tolles & Olsen, Michael J. O'Sullivan specializes in M&A and securities law. He posts when he feels like it and, since we are subscribed to his RSS feed, that's fine for us ... though after prolonged absences we admit to missing his well-articulated explications on Sarbox, passionate rants against Eliot Spitzer, tweaking of Evan Schaeffer ... RSS... Daily Whirl
DennisKennedy.Blog ... DMK leads his own legal technology consulting and law firm. You cannot wander far into the legal tech arena without bumping into him; if there is a legal tech circle, Dennis has made himself the center of it ... all of which might be annoying if he wasn't knowledgeable, articulate and affable. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only subscribe to 25 bLAWgs .... RSS ... Daily Whirl
Digital Practice of Law ... AZ-based Michael Arkfeld extends his book of the same name with this bLAWg -- identifying, abstracting, commenting, and linking to relevant news stories and topical articles. As we comment below in re: MA's other bLAWg (Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence), we would really like to see more commentary; our surmise is that, if you buy the book (we did) and then subscribe to the updates (we're too cheap), your (paid) password loosens his tongue ... RSS
e-Lawg ... Michael Girard is a Toronto-based civil litigator whose blog provides "A Canadian Perspective on the Intersections of Law and Technology" ... lest we chauvinistically believe that we have cornered the market on good ideas and critical thinking ... eh? RSS
Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence ... AZ-based Michael Arkfeld -- everyday, MRA finds relevant news to assay (best of 3 falls vs. Haiku Esq?). We wish he would expand his assessments beyond a single line (surely he doesn't think that greater explication would cannibalize sales of his book of the same name) ... but he ferrets out the right stuff and his one-liners are on point Also see his other bLAWg, Digital Practice of Law. RSS
Ernie the Attorney ... "searching for truth & justice (in an unjust world)" ... Ernie Svenson is cool and insightful and you should read his blog (no sense gilding the lilly). RSS ... Daily Whirl
excited utterances ... "more than just an exception to the hearsay rule" ... is Joy London's excellent blog on knowledge management in law firms. Look for 10-15 solid posts monthly covering a broad range from theory to practical. When you think of KM, if your first reaction is to clutch your throat and look for a bottle of water, you're not reading Joy London. RSS ... Email NewsLetter ... Daily Whirl
House of Butter ... from down-under, Sean (pull-no-punches) Hocking reports and opines on global developments in legal publishing. RSS
How Appealing ... In Feb '04, Howard Bashman left Ingersoll Buchanan to hang out the shingle for his own PHL-based "appellate boutique." Well-established and nationally-known thanks, in part, to his bLAWg, which deserves touchstone status (hosted on the Legal Affairs website), we think that everyone should have to study his "How Appealing" and pass a test before free-lancing their own blog.
Everyday HJB uncovers meaningful content. For the most part, delivery is straight-up, though when he has something to say, he's not shy about giving his POV in a very distinctive voice. Our favorite recurring feature is the interview series "20 Questions for the Appellate Judge."
To our surprise, we've discovered that interest in appellate law is not a pre-requisite to reading HJB; nor, for that matter, is subscribing to the HJB worldview ... besides, we have a vested interest in believing that self-effacement is over-rated and that it's OK to cite NPR as frequently as the Constitution. RSS ... Daily Whirl
Ideoblog ... Larry Ribstein is a business law prof at U of Illinois with a focus on "unincorporated business entities, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and corporate and securities law." His academic work is pretty granular stuff en route the big idea; the blog is an effective straddle. We think the reality is that the tinkerers will not fix corporate governance and that someone needs to be doing some strategic thinking. (Separately, we think LR flirts too much with Stephen Bainbridge but we attribute that to the delicious irony that Champaign, IL is lousy wine country.) RSS
Information Commons ... American Library Association-sponsored bLAWg and site, edited by Frederick Emrich, collecting news, discussion, and commentary related to the information commons in theory and practice ... "an online publication advocating access to ideas." RSS ... Email NewsLetter ... Daily Whirl
InstaPundit ... Glenn Reynolds teaches Administrative, Constitutional, Science and Technology, Space, and Internet Law at U of Tennessee and his "chief interest is in the intersection between advanced technologies and individual liberty."
We like this -- if Godfrey Reggio had chosen law over film ... and was a left-leaning, right-facing "jingoistic, libertarian, cultural imperialist" -- well, we just hope that GR cuts InstaWife and InstaDaughter more slack than he does the rest of the world.
A prolific pundit if ever, if ever a which there was (TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, Internet, and probably via SETI), GR is an intelligent, articulate spokesman for his world (a nasty, brutish Hobbesian affair) ... which would be a fine place to settle down and raise the kids, if the option of being flayed alive was suddenly taken off the table. Now for the bad news: GR's grid is probably a closer approximation to the real thing than the ones we're plugged into -- Neo, we hardly knew ya .... RSS
Inter Alia ... Tom Mighell is a partner in the Tort Litigation Section of TX-based Cowles & Thompson specializing in general litigation, including child care liability, premises liability, products liability, municipal law, and family law. TM extended his successful"Internet Legal Research Weekly" newsletter into this bLAWg -- identifies and reviews new info resources and tools (particularly search) in a clean, comfortable, straightforward presentation style ... informed but not breathy, haughty, or full of techno-babble. Solid. RSS ... Email NewsLetter ... Daily Whirl
Jurist Paper Chase ... Prof Bernard Hibbitts and U Pitt Law School students. If there is a better, free source of real-time legal and political news, we are not aware of it (yet). We think you start with news and then work outward to analysis. Then-therefore, this a rock upon which a church (of sorts) can be built. RSS ... Email NewsLetter... Daily Whirl
LawLibTech ... Cindy Chick's "conversation on law library technology and knowledge management." Information resources and knowledge systems manager at Latham & Watkins, CC picks up and extends where she left off as co-publisher of LLRX. Forget Marion-the-Librarian stereotypes, if you are not regularly checking in on this cybrarian's stuff, you're wasting your time ... literally ... and a lot of it ... RSS ... Email NewsLetter
LawMeme ... Yale Law School news blog focusing on "the mutual influence of technological development and legal doctrine." The Yalies get credit for not claiming to be the center of this emerging area of law (unlike those CIS folks) and they do a creditable job of finding and commenting on relevant news. Go Bulldogs! RSS ... Daily Whirl
LawTech Guru ... attorney-turned-consultant Jeff Beard. We like people who make sense out of nonsense. In legal tech, JB's our man. RSS ... Daily Whirl
LLRX ... is Sabrina I. Pacifici's other child and beSpacific's older sister. Law Library Resource Exchange is a pretty solid home base from which to start a legal research project and/or track developments. RSS ... Email NewsLetter... Daily Whirl
myShingle ... Carolyn Elefant covers topics "for and about solos & small law firms," including everything from the formation decision to technology to marketing to .... Excellent site for target audience, and we strongly encourage all attorneys to add this to their "must read" list -- once again testing the conventional wisdom, we think there may be a thing or two in thinking locally and executing globally ... worst case is that you get to fantasize a few minutes a day about what you might do if you launched out on your own. RSS ... Daily Whirl
New York Civil Law ... Matthew Lerner is an associate at the Albany office of Goldberg Segalla where he focuses on insurance coverage, construction work site injury, intellectual property, and insurance defense. He puts out a no-nonsense, thoughtful reporting and top-line analysis of NY civil decisions and law-making. RSS
Notes from the Legal Underground ... An Evan Schaeffer enterprises bLAWg. ES is the irrepressible partner in Schaeffer& Lamere who has really figured out the market value of legal blogging and a good execution strategy -- multiple targeted bLAWgs provide multiple hooks into multiple audiences. This is Evan's hip bLAWg aimed at new associates and law students ... "A blawg that asks the question--Can lawyers be entertaining?" (Answer: maybe to other litigators and aspirants or PLU and, only occasionally, the people who love them). It's a good strategy and a decent execution -- witness the amount of ink and links here and elsewhere. His other bLAWGs are the more buttoned-down The Illinois Personal Injury Weblog and The Illinois Trial Practice Weblog. RSS
Outside Counsel ... Bill Altreuter is a partner in NY-based Altreuter Habermehl whose specialties include IP and E-Commerce & Internet law; BA bills his bLAWg as "occasional notes on a glamour profession" ... what we find are musings about life, politics and, occasionally, law. This is not one of the blogs we depend upon; but it is one of the ones we treat ourselves to .... RSS
Overlawyered.com ... Walter Olson is a much-published senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute whose most recent book is The Rule of Lawyers. The focus of the bLAWg is described as "chronicling the high cost of our legal system" and then ... "Overlawyered.com 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." If your worldview is different from this group, we understand that. If you are not open to reading WO, you might want to remove the word "open" from the lexicon you use to describe yourself. RSS ... Email NewsLetter... Daily Whirl
Privacy Spot ... Heath Dixon is an associate and Chad King a partner at TX-anchored Hughes & Luce where their practice interests converge on e-commerce, technology, IP, Internet law and this bLAWg. Good aggregation of privacy-related developments reported elsewhere, delivered in a clean, authoritative and non-breathy style. We might like to see more commentary but what we see we like. RSS
ProfessorBainbridge.com ... Stephen Bainbridge is a heavily-published law prof at UCLA whose bLAWg plumbs "an eclectic mix of law, business and economics, politics and current events, Catholicism, and wine." SB seems to have walked right off the pages of The Fountainhead, morphing from architect to attorney to law professor before our very eyes. You may not belong to his libertarian church, but that's no excuse for not reading him -- be eclectic (for example, we skip the oenology stuff). RSS ... Daily Whirl
Robert Ambrogi's LawSites ... Rockport MA attorney, Robert Ambrogi's bLAWg logically extends from his book The Essential Guide To The Best (and Worst) Legal Sites On The Web ... at this point we suspect the dynamic has reversed so that his daily finds of new sites and bLAWgs actually feed the next edition of the book. Separately, either he's saving his critical eye for the book (and/or law firms) or his critical eye is at work on the front-end selection -- for RA seems to have a very light hand in reviewing bLAWgers ... no matter, his bLAWg's a great way to monitor blog births and deaths. RSS ... Daily Whirl
SCOTUS ... Goldstein & Howe's bLAWg about (did you guess, yet?) developments at the Supreme Court ... reported, chronicled and analyzed by attorneys who are there (more than most), plus links to coverage by others. Feel free to take notes -- it be the real deal. RSS ... Daily Whirl
Stark County Law Library Blawg ... Wow do we like this bLAWg! Simple, straightforward aggregation of articles relating to law, legal tech, pointers to resources. RSS
TechLaw Advisor ... Kevin Heller is an Internet and IP attorney based in NY and this bLAWg covers that beat in KH's inimitable style (direct and appropriately irreverent). It's hard to imagine that he felt constrained, but you may also want to read his new companion blog where KH lets his hair down(?) blog.techlawadvisor.comRSS ... Email NewsLetter... Daily Whirl
tins ::: Rick Klau's weblog ... Rick Klau is BizDev VP at Socialtext and author of two books on legal technology and marketing. Sometimes RK writes about law, sometimes politics (leans left ... well, "leans" is probably the wrong word), sometimes blogging and sometimes social networking. Not a news aggregator and not epistemology-central ... just a comfortable place to hang out from time to time. RSS ... Daily Whirl
The 10b-5 Daily ... delivers news and commentary related to securities class action litigation. Lyle Roberts leads the VA litigation group at CA-based Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (gee -- wonder if they ever come across any e-discovery stuff?). Good news ID and excellent analysis. Top Drawer. First Rate. RSS ... Email NewsLetter... Daily Whirl
The Curmudgeonly Clerk ... features the "Unsolicited Caveats, Commentaries, and Criticism of a Federal Law Clerk" (so. district, TX). Although many blawgers seem to have tired of actually thinking and writing (and, while not aggregating per se, have reduced their content to pointing to what other people are writing) CC selects a development, a news story, an issue ... and then presents fully thought-through and developed articles. We applaud that. Well-written and often interesting ... we scan. RSS
The Indiana Law Blog ... Marcia Oddi practices law in Indianapolis concentrating in legislative and regulatory matters; and, d/b/a Environmental Information Solutions, she publishes IN-specific rule-reg compendiums, analyses, updates. MO aggregates news mostly about IN and enviro law developments ... which is not to say this bLAWg is only of interest to people who live in IN or who are interested in enviro law because it's appeal is broader than that. MO is one of the best Ctrl C - Ctrl V people we've come across ... her output is prodigious ... and she never gets in the way of the story ... no pix of kids or kittens here! RSS ... Daily Whirl
The Legal Reader ... "John" provides "A daily dose of links to interesting legal news and Other Fancy Stuff, live from San Francisco." Truth. RSS... Daily Whirl
the (non)billable hour ... Matt Homann is co-founder of Silver Lake Group (new, small IL law firm) and positions his bLAWg as "revolutionizing the practice of law, one lawyer at a time!" Proceeding from the premise that the business of lawyering is broken, MH follows and develops interesting ideas about fixing it including a shift to value-based pricing. The bLAWg's most recent feature is "5x5" where 5 people are asked for 5 ideas about a business-of-law issue ... not all that novel in the world at large but breakthrough stuff in the world of bLAWg which often has difficulty achieving escape velocity from self-absorbed navel-gazing ... then-therefore, we say, Bravo! MH. RSS
The Trademark Blog ... one of the top global trademark lawyers, Martin Schwimmer guides you through the perplexing landscape of US and international trademark law, with a pretty light touch. His daily pointers to breaking news and developments will keep you current -- he doesn't feel the need to comment on everything, but when he does comment, it's anything but gratuitous and you should probably sit up and listen up. We particularly like that he is not presumptuous -- intuiting that all of his readers are not patent attorneys (or perhaps seeking a broader audience), his commentary is extremely accessible. There are a couple of cool tools attached to the blog (trademark and domain search) and, btw, MS gives great graphics (you'll understand when you get there).
The Virtual Chase ... is the news aggregation site of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, ably edited by pioneer Genie Tyburski who seems to be the one we're all chasing after. The bLAWg is pushing out the envelope on its tagline -- "Teaching Legal Professionals How To Do Research" -- because it covers much more than that, including pointers and links to breaking legal news and developments. RSS ... Daily Whirl
The Volokh Conspiracy ... Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, copyright law, law of government and religion, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy at UCLA Law School. Here, he heads a roster of interesting bloggers including Jacob T. Levy (PS U CHI) in taking apart and then reassembling our world. Reasons to read EV include: 1) you will have something to say if trapped under your desk in a duck-and-cover drill with Stephen Bainbridge; 2) EV is an astute observer of the American legal-political scene and an articulate spokesman for his worldview. RSS ... Email NewsLetter ... Daily Whirl
Everyone knows that opinions are like lawyers -- everybody has one and, in the end, we are not exceptional. Here's what we're reading and what we think about what we're reading and you're entitled to have a lawyer too. There is no question that we have overlooked some excellent blawg resources ... and, that we have included one or more that you will find less than useful.
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