Well, it’s time for the last “Ten Things” blog of 2019. It’s been a pretty good year for the blog: it passed five years of “bloggership” and is approaching 4,000 subscribers, it was named one of the Top Thirty Legal Blogs by SimplyLegal, the post on “How to Read a Contract” was the most popular article of 2019 on InCounsel Weekly, and the ABA published the second “Ten Things” book. It will be hard to top 2019. I know I have said it many times but it bears repeating, I am eternally grateful to everyone who takes time to read the blogs, to pass them along to colleagues and friends, to re-post them on LinkedIn or Twitter, or – most importantly – takes the time to comment or drop me a note. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
As usual, I will end the year with my list of the ten best blogs for in-house lawyers. And, as usual, I will not repeat any of the blogs I picked for 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018. But, I highly recommend that you take a minute to refresh yourself with these past “winners” as they are all still worthy of your time. The good news is that there is a vast universe of blogs out there. I read a lot of them and over the course of the year I file some away as particularly noteworthy, especially for anyone who practices as an in-house lawyer. A good blog can be a lifesaver when you need to get up to speed on something quickly and you do not have the time or money to hire outside counsel or access expensive legal resources. Without further ado, here is my 2019 list of the top ten blogs for in-house lawyers:
As you have probably noticed, there are more blogs than there are lawyers… okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but I think you get the point. There are, however, a lot of legal blogs out there. Many are just marketing pitches for law firms and are not very good or helpful. But, a healthy number transcend the boring, lazy, overly-dense, and “lawyer-speak” of the many. These blogs are particularly useful to in-house lawyers, especially as a starting place for legal research (and this may not be the first place that comes to mind when you are thinking about doing some research). Still, finding the “good ones” can be a challenge.
A year ago I posted my list of the Ten Best Legal Blogs of 2015, setting out a number of blogs that I read regularly and highly recommend. This year, I thought I would do something little bit different. While you should certainly check out all of the blogs on last year’s list (e.g., Presnell on Privileges is still awesome), I did not want to create a 2016 list that repeated a many of blogs from last year’s offering. Instead, I thought I’d point out some additional blogs that may also worth your time – depending on what you’re interested in.
This (very short) edition of “Ten Things” will list some more of my favorite legal blogs and the topics they cover. These are all worth you clicking on and checking out over the holiday break or the next several weeks. If you find one or two you like, be sure to subscribe to them so you get the newest editions when they come out. Here are my blog suggestions in no particular order of importance: