Per an email from the ABA Journal, the linked Blawg 100 Amici form may be used to nominate a blog "that you read regularly [and] that you think other lawyers should know about." Persons are encouraged to nominate more than one blog. But -- of course -- there is some fine print that must be taken into account:
[P]lease know that we disregard amici from:The Amici form asks for comments about the nominated blogs. There is a 500-character limit -- and this may pose the ultimate challenge for actual practicing lawyers. How can we hope to say much of anything in only 500 characters?
- Blawggers who nominate their own blawgs or blawgs to which they have previously contributed posts.
- Wives and husbands who nominate their spouses’ blawgs.
- Employees of law firms who nominate blawgs with their own firm’s branding.
- Public relations professionals in the employ of lawyers or law firms who nominate their clients’ blawgs.
- Pairs of blawggers who have clearly entered into a gentlemen’s agreement to nominate each other.
The ABA asks nominators to keep these criteria in mind:
While Second Effort boasts a lot of original content, I don't know that I am "recognizable" as a lawyer in the majority of my posts. This blog aims for a general readership, rather than being 'pitched' specifically to lawyers or law students. But some of these have happened by anyway, from time to time. So I pass the information along.
- We’re only interested in blawgs in which the author is recognizable as a lawyer or law student in the vast majority of his or her posts.
- The blawg should be written with an audience of lawyers or law students—rather than potential clients or potential law students—in mind.
- The majority of the blawg’s content should be unique to the blawg and not cross-posted or cut and pasted from other publications.
- We are not interested in blawgs that more or less exist to promote the author’s products and services.
Blawg nominations are due by September 9.