School is over for the summer, and the class of 2018 is on the hunt for internships and jobs. If you are recruiting for new talent, this might be a good time for you to re-think your web presence and clean up (or start!) the blog that you keep meaning to pay attention to. To help you out, here are some of the highlights from the ABA Journal’s Web 100 list for 2017—it’s a list of 50 blogs, 25 law podcasts and 25 tweeters selected by the Journal staffers, and we’ve highlighted some of our favorites for your reading, listening, and tweeting pleasure.
Blogs are a big deal in the legal community, and up and coming legal students read them! Following are a few of the best of the ABA Journal’s best (in our humble opinion):
was recommended for Law Students to read. The posts include information about prepping for the bar, information about cases, current trends, and contacts and resources for the aspiring lawyer.
was recommended as a great source for learning about the challenges facing BigLaw firms and how to address them.
has data about the Supreme Court straight from the source: the U.S. Supreme Court statistician crunches numbers that tell the story of the court’s past and that try to predict its future moves.
made the Journal’s HALL OF FAME for blogs. The blog by Eric Meyer provides analysis of current legal developments with sharp wit and humor. “witty analysis of current legal developments,” says Jen Cornell of Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis. “I can often turn it into use right away for my clients.” His blog’s loyal readers say Meyer has fun with his subject matter. His posts recognize “the humor in dealing with human beings,” says Julie Young of JMY Law in Worthington, Ohio.
Podcasting is reaching its stride as a medium, and the law community has done its part to fill your drive time with great content. Here are a few of our favorites from the ones recommended in the Web 100:
A favorite among many legal and political junkies, features in-depth reporting from co-hosts Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey. They dig deep into current legal issues and ask the hard questions that a lot of reporters shy away from.
with Dahlia Lithwick is hosted by Author Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about the courts and the law for Slate. The podcast breaks down legal issues and makes them entertaining and easy to understand.
If you’re looking for a legal podcast, then by definition The Legal Geek Podcasts [http://thelegalgeeks.com] are probably for you. According to the Journal, “…Jessica Mederson and Joshua Gilliland watch the latest superhero sequel and wonder how the courts would sort out the carnage. Heavy doses of comic books and sci-fi make this chatty podcast a guilty pleasure for fans of the Justice League and other defenders of justice.”
We recommend following all 25 of the Twitter feeds recommended by the ABA Journal, but here are a few of our personal favorites:
American Bar Association
(@ABAesq). Follow this feed to keep up with the ABA and other legal news.
(@bcuban), attorney, speaker, and author of The Addicted Lawyer.
The Florida Bar
(@theflabar). “The least stuffy bar association Twitter account you’ll come across—it’s informative and fun!” —Correia (ABA Journal Staff Member)
(@Sifill_LDF), president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.