In my role as publisher and editor-in-chief of LexBlog, it is my great honor today to announce the winners of the inaugural LexBlog Excellence Awards, a first-of-its-kind contest designed to honor excellence in the writing of legal blog posts.
Unlike other “best blog” awards, ours were not designed to honor overall blogs, but rather to recognize and celebrate great writing on legal blogs by shining a spotlight on individual posts that stand as the best examples.
Nominations could come from blog authors or readers, but had to be published during 2019. We received more than 400 entries. After initial screening by the LexBlog editorial team, the final group was submitted to an expert panel of judges.
Now, we are thrilled to announce the winners and runners-up in each of the six categories. So as not to steal the thunder from the main awards page, I am listing only the top winners here. For the full list of honorees, visit LexBlog.com.
One winner deserves special mention — he won top honors in two of the six categories. Evan Parker, founder of Parker Analytics and a contributor to Legal Evolution, won both for Best Explanatory Post and Best Commentary/Advice for Legal Professionals. Legal Evolution is edited by Bill Henderson, professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Now on to the winners.
Winner: Best News or Trend Analysis
For outstanding analysis of legal news, developments or trends.
Winner: Best Legal Analysis
For outstanding analysis and explication of a judicial opinion, legislative development or regulatory development.
Winner: Best Breaking News Post
For outstanding same-day or second-day reporting of a legal news development.
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Winner: Best Explanatory Post
For outstanding writing in helping the reader comprehend the impact or significance of a legal story, development or trend.
Winner: Best ‘How-To’ Post
For outstanding writing in helping the reader understand how to handle a legal matter or issue.
Winner: Best Commentary/Advice for Legal Professionals
For outstanding writing offering commentary or advice for legal professionals on the business or practice of law.
Thanks to the Judges
A huge thanks to the judges who donated their time and expertise to make this possible:
- Ivy Grey, lawyer, writer and director of business strategy at WordRake.
- Amy Howe, cofounder, SCOTUSBlog.
- Colin S. Levy, blogger on legal innovation and corporate counsel at Salary.com.
- Molly McDonough, former editor and publisher, ABA Journal.
- Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer and editor-in-chief, Global Legal Brands, at ALM Media.
And A Generous Consolation Prize
For everyone who did not win — and even those who did — there is an amazing consolation prize. WordRake, whose software focuses on clear and concise writing for professionals, is giving a one-year license to every author of all blog posts submitted in the LexBlog Excellence Awards.
If you were a participant in the contest, you can request your free license at this page. You must do so by Feb. 14, 2020.