I follow a large number of blogs to help expand my knowledge of the world, stay current with news and trends in my law practice and business, and enhance my skills as a lawyer, entrepreneur and human being. While there is no shortage of blogs out there, it is not always easy to find blogs that are on point or have the right focus to fit the bill.
Check out the Canadian Law Blog Awards ("the CLawBies"). Organized by Steve Matthews, a law firm consultant, law librarian and blogger, the CLawBies showcase some of the remarkable talent in the Canadian legal blogosphere each year.
Nominations for this year’s CLawBies are being accepted from law bloggers. Full details on how to participate are here.
I am delighted to add the following as my picks, in no particular order:
No lawyer, law student or anyone interested in justice should spend another day without adding a little Slaw to their life. Slaw, a co-operative effort of the leading minds on legal and technological issues, features a wide variety of news and information about technology, research, trends, and developments in the legal, social and political landscape in Canada. This combination of topics best lends itself to law practice management, but there’s so much more. It is extraordinary to find such a breadth of top-notch information in a single place and to receive it in such an effortless way. Quite simply, this is an indispensable resource.
Solo in Ontario: Criminal Practice (Bo Arfai)
These are the trials and tribulations of a first-year lawyer opening his solo criminal defence practice in Toronto. Bo Arfai eloquently and concisely discusses his experiences and observations on a variety of topics that would be useful to anyone opening any type of business. As an added bonus for lawyers and criminal law aficionados, he offers behind-the-scenes insight on the nitty gritty of criminal law practice, such as visiting clients at the Don Jail and how to get bail on a weekend or statutory holiday!
FP Legal Post (Financial Post)
What goes into this blog, written by journalists at the Financial Post, does not necessarily appear in the newspaper. Featuring short, timely, newsy, and decidedly witty entries covering and commenting on the big cases and developments in law and law practice management, this blog has something for everyone. It appeals not only to lawyers, but to anyone who follows big story legal affairs on either side of the border, including the Conrad Black trial and the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on the BCE takeover bid this past summer.
Good luck to all!