While the ABA Journal is busy checking out blogs in bikinis, it’s time for the Practical Blawgosphere to once again honor the dedicated efforts of criminal law blawgers in bringing illumination to the substance of criminal law. As explained last year,
This is no beauty pageant, but a chance to accomplish two things. First, to open the door to the best substantive content on the subject of criminal law, and second, to expose the excellent efforts of the best group of blawgers to people who might not otherwise have seen it.
This year, the award is being dedicated to the memory of Joel Rosenberg, a dear friend to the criminal law blawgsphere, a brilliant writer and a voice of wit and reason amidst the noise of anger and ignorance. Hereinafter, it will be known as the Jdog Prize, the name Joel used to write and comment online, to remember and honor Joel’s contributions and impact in the lives and thoughts of so many criminal law blawgers.
Past winners of the Best Criminal Law Blawg Post are Ohio’s Jeff Gamso, Connecticut’s Gid eon and last year’s winner, Houston’s Mark Bennett. Illustrious company.
And here’s the deal:
- Anybody can “nominate” a post for the honor, including their own. SJ posts are off limits. You can nominate them anonymously, with great fanfare, just by name or with a detailed explanation of why you think a post is the best. It can be a post from a criminal defense lawyer, a prosecutor or a non-lawyer, provided it’s subject is criminal law. It can even be a post by a lawprof. You can nominate up to five posts.
- Nominations can only be made in the comments here. No emails, phone calls, text messages, fruit baskets or lovely cards with deeply personal messages.
- For this contest, and for this contest only, I will allow links to be included in comments to the posts (not the blawgs, but the actual posts) nominated. Spam links will be treated harshly.
This is a chance to think back over the year and give everyone some great posts to read, to ponder, to discuss and maybe even change some minds.
And just to be clear, it doesn’t matter if you’re brand-spanking new or an old hand, a dear friend or a complete unknown. This is all about substance, not popularity, tribes, networking, branding or bonding. If I smell anyone trying to use this as a marketing opportunity, they’re out of here. Spam = banned. If I smell anyone trying to use this for inappropriate purposes, it will end up backfiring. Trust me. Some have even called me abrasive when dealing with impropriety in the comments.
I invite anyone and everyone to offer the best the blawgosphere has in criminal law. Spread the word, and let others know that this is their opportunity to show their stuff, get a backlink, and let the rest of the blawgosphere know what they’re doing.
Nothing here at Simple Justice is eligible, so don’t waste time with it.
The winner will be announced on New Years Day.
Judging will be entirely on my shoulders, and I will be as arbitrary and capricious as I please, so there’s no complaining about the choice. That said, I will do my best to select the blawg post that best reflects our finest work, our highest tradition, our deepest thoughts and our best purpose in putting words on a computer screen. For anyone who doesn’t trust me to be fair, find a better offer elsewhere.