It’s that time of year again when the legal community
takes stock of the law blogs out there to nominate those that have
offered, and continue to offer, outstanding and insightful
commentary on the law. The Clawbies, or “Canadian Law
Blog Awards”, were started in 2006 with the goal of
highlighting and promoting exemplary blogs published by the
Canadian legal industry.
This year, Davis LLP would like to recognize three top blogs
that continue to keep the legal profession abreast of recent
developments in a variety of different practice areas.
Our first nomination is the University of Calgary’s
“ABlawg”. ABlawg is perhaps best known
for the contributions of Professors Nigel Bankes and Shaun Fluker,
who break down and analyze the most recent developments in natural
resources, environmental and regulatory law within the Province of
Alberta and beyond. Professor Bankes is a frequent contributor to
the blog and is known for his ability to digest complex decisions
issued by the courts and regulators in Alberta, while providing
readers with concise, relevant and thoughtful commentaries on those
decisions. However, ABlawg’s reputation and collection goes
far beyond natural resources and environmental law and extends into
the areas of lawyers’ ethics, labour, employment, privacy and
human rights. Keep an eye out for the contributions of Professors
Alice Woolley, Linda McKay-Panos and Jennifer Koshan.
Our second nomination is Canada’s Online Legal magazine,
“Slaw”. Slaw is best known for keeping
readers up to date with general trends in the law but also practice
points for practitioners. For example, Slaw offers ‘Tips
Tuesday’, a quick reference blog posting on technology,
research and practice for lawyers. Slaw provides readers with
standard summaries of substantive law, but also recognizing the
importance of professional development through a number of
different blogs under the heading the ‘Practice of
Law’. Some of the topics discussed under the ‘Practice
of Law’ include: the future of practice, marketing and
Our third nomination is Osgoode Hall’s “The
Court”. The Court provides readers with
comprehensive and in-depth analysis of recent Supreme Court of
Canada (“SCC”) decisions. The Court also provides
insightful commentary into a variety of other local issues and
developments in public law. The Court has a reputation for
providing incisive commentary on complex topics that come before
the Supreme Court of Canada. For example, the Court’s
February 6, 2013 coverage of Sun Indalex decision provided readers
with a coherent and short summary of a fairly complicated case.
Consequently, this blog is a weekly, or bi-weekly, must-read for
practitioners seeking to keep abreast of legal developments that
may have an impact across the country.
As usual, this was a tough decision with many strong contenders.
The Davis LLP Litigation Blog would like to recognize the above
blogs as a representation of the varied use of blogs in the
profession, whether as a venue for summarizing court decisions,
providing concise academic commentary on new jurisprudence, and for
assisting legal professionals with the development of their
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