I’d like to tell you to vote for me in the latest law blog popularity contest. After all, it’s being run by the ABA Journal so it has to be prestigious, right?
But I can’t tell you that. Because I wasn’t nominated. Nor, for that matter, was any other law blog devoted to personal injury law.
Maybe personal injury blogs all stink? Maybe we don’t discuss enough law, or have enough visitors? Perhaps all the blogs are poorly written? I mean every last one. Perhaps the bloggers really aren’t worthy of mention? How else can an entire field of law be ignored?
So let’s take a short look:
- John Day (Day on Torts, who recently published a handbook on tort law)
- Evan Schaeffer (Legal Underground and Illinois Trial Practice, and a grand daddy of legal blogging who authored Blawg Review #1 )
- Prof. Bill Childs (TortsProf, dealing with a great deal of PI, as well as more)
- Profs. Byron Stier and Howard Erichson (Mass Tort Litigation Blog)
- Beck/Herrmann (Drug and Device Law including pharmaceutical and medical device product liability, and both of whom are also book authors)
- Bill Marler (Marler Blog, one of many on food poisoning that has, you know, been in the news a bit)
You would think that, with so much noise being made about the need for tort “reform” because personal injury suits are so problematic, there would be at least a few blogs devoted to that subject as part of the top 100.
But if you thought that, you would be wrong. It’s not a question of one blog being picked over another since this is, after all, just another vanity contest that small niche blogs don’t have a shot of winning. No, the significant thing is that the vaunted American Bar Association simply doesn’t think that this field of law is relevant. The decision to ignore a vast segment of the law speaks volumes about the organization.
[Addendum: The “ABA Mission” is at odds with their exclusionary choices:
The Mission of the American Bar Association is to be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.]
OK, short rant over. Cue Rodney…
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I just found out that this blog was left out of the ABA Journal’s Blaw 100. It has become clear to me that the ABA has been taken over by communists, hell bent on destroying our American way of life. As you all know, it never starts as …posted by . @ November 28, 2007 10:06 PM
Come on, Eric. You should know by now that the only REAL law is BIG law. Lawyers who represent individuals aren’t real lawyers; only lawyers with Fortune 500 clients are.
They left me out too. I posted about it. Commie bastards!
David Gottlieb’s post can be found here:
Unfortunately, Blogger wouldn’t allow me to make this link red, which seems to indicate a conspiracy.
Didn’t Belli create ATLA because of the politically correct, defense oriented ABA? Now he also liked th dancing girls and alchoal that made his conventions a little wilder as well. 😉
Eric, You are absolutely right. The largest gap in the ABA competition are practicing attorney blogs (with the exception of criminal lawyers), particularly the dozens of excellent niche practicing lawyer blogs. It’s not just the PI blogs that were left out, but also the family law blogs, trust and estate blogs and others which strike the almost impossible balance between making the law accessible and understandable to lay people on the one hand, yet offering enough sophistication and analysis to capture the attention of lawyers. And, on top of all that, these lawyers are running full time law practices on their own (as opposed to working for large firms where there’s a little more support). MyShingle was included in the mix, but to be honest, I’m equally proud of my “sleeper practice blog” on offshore renewable energy where I get to analyze emerging cases (I’m also partial to Blogwatch which is much more challenging to write than MyShingle and still finding its way).
Let’s face it: to those stiffs and Poindexters in the empty suits at the fancy law firms, any lawyer in a field where the billing rate is less than $250 an hour is just a schlepper, a hondler,a busboy, riffraff (even though every once in a while, one of those empty suits is revealed to be someone who never in fact was admitted to the Bar, or who spends his leisure time hiring underage girls to satiate his lusts in his pied-a-terre). To a lawyer whose practice consists of helping one giant client to either defeat or devour another giant, in matters which generate millions of dollars in fees, a personal injury lawyer for the most part is in the same class as the guys who suddenly appear on Manhattan street corners hawking umbrellas as soon as the first drops of rain fall. Just like in the movie Trading Places, the “important” lawyers are like Dan Ackroyd’s Louis Winthorpe III, successful and hubristic commodities broker, and the personal injury lawyers are Eddie Murphy’s Billy-Ray Valentine, a down and out street hustler who solicits alms by hiding his feet under a dolly and posing as a legless veteran. It’s elitism, it’s stupid, it’s unfair, but that’s the way it is. And this little sample of my writing style should make it evident why my own blog flies under the ABA’s radar. Larry Rogak (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheRogakReport)
I found your home page, but not a blog. And a guy who writes like you do ought to have a blog.
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