The ABA Journal has begun work on its 9th annual list of the 100 best legal blogs (or blawgs) and has announced that it is seeking the advice of its readers, via the ABAJournal.com website, on which blogs to include on this year's Blawg 100. For the past three years, Patent Docs has been honored to be included among the five blogs selected in the IP Law category of the Blawg 100 (see "ABA Journal Announces 2012 Blawg 100"; "ABA Journal Announces 2013 Blawg 100"; and "ABA Journal Announces 2014 Blawg 100").
Readers interested in nominating a particular blog for the 9th annual Blawg 100 should use the ABA Journal's blawg 100 amici form. Additional information about the Blawg 100 can also be found on the blawg 100 amici form. The form requires that anyone making a nomination provide a name, employer or law school, city, and e-mail address. The ABA Journal requires this information in order to discourage:
• Bloggers who nominate their own blogs or nominate blogs to which they have previously contributed posts.
• Employees of law firms who nominate blogs written by their co-workers.
• Public relations professionals in the employ of lawyers or law firms who nominate their clients' blogs.
• Pairs of bloggers who have clearly entered into a quid pro quo agreement to nominate each other.
The ABA Journal, however, welcomes comments (up to 500 words in length) from readers who do not fall into the above categories.
• The ABA Journal is primarily interested in blogs in which the author is recognizable as someone working in a legal field or studying law in the vast majority of his or her posts.
• The blog should be written with an audience of legal professionals or law students in mind.
• The majority of the blog's content should be unique to the blog and not cross-posted or cut and pasted from other publications.
• The ABA Journal is not interested in blogs that more or less exist to promote the author's products and services.
Nominations must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm (CT) on Sunday, August 16, 2014.