My Top Ten Favorite Law School Bloggers In 2017

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It’s been said that not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

That’s a point view I can’t disagree with.

I’m a voracious reader and wanted to create a post that honors my favorite 11 law school bloggers.

So I went ahead did that.

My Favorite Law School Bloggers

Note: This list is compiled in no particular order and I read these bloggers on a consistent basis. I recommend you check all their blogs out if you’re an attorney, considering becoming one, or have a child who is.

Blogger: Eric Williamson

Blog: University of Virginia School of Law News

Bio: Associate Director of Communications, University of Virginia School of Law

My Favorite Post: My first contact with Eric was on his post Law Professors Show Grounds to Restore Felon Voting Rights in Court Filing and I have been reading him ever since.

Eric’s Posts: https://news.virginia.edu/content/eric-williamson

Blogger: Gisele Joachim

Blog: Off The Record with Seton Hall Law

Bio: Gisele Joachim is Dean of Enrollment Management at Seton Hall Law School and is responsible for managing admissions policy and process.

Why I Read Gisele’s Posts
: Gisele dedicates most of her blog posts to helping law school students in ways I find helpful. With a son wanting to follow in my footsteps as an attorney I pay close attention to her posts.

Gisele’s Posts: http://blog.law.shu.edu/off-the-record/author/gisele-joachim

Blogger: Amy Campbell

Blog: Amy Campbell’s Web Log

Blog Platform: Harvard Law School Blog

Bio: Amy works as a marketing and communications consultant assisting professional services firms (many of them law firms) to create and maintain communication materials and informational relationships that help to gain and keep customers.

Why I Read Amy’s Posts: One of the big secrets attorneys aren’t taught in law school is how to successfully market their firm once they become an attorney. It’s something we have to learn on our own. One of the ways I do that is educating myself by reading Amy’s posts.

Amy’s Posts: http://blogs.harvard.edu/amy/

 

Blogger: Edward Fallone

Blog: Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog

Bio: In the movie “Wall Street,” the character Gordon Gekko declares that “greed is good.” Certainly greed is one of the most basic motivations for human conduct – some would say it is the most basic motivation for human action. However, the field of corporate and securities law is founded upon the premise that human greed should be channeled towards the more productive ends of capitalism and away from conduct that achieves financial gain through the exploitation of others. When I was a law student, my Corporate Law professor treated the study of insider trading, hostile takeovers and corporate crimes as the dry recitation of legal rules to be memorized. My approach to teaching is different. I teach these cases as human tragedies (and sometimes comedies) involving greed, betrayal and corruption. In my view, the law in this area serves the classic end of all laws: to protect ourselves from our own worst impulses.

My Favorite Post: It was the summer of last year when I discovered Edward’s post What Happens if Trump Drops Out?. I stay tuned into his feed because of his continued commentary on the incoming Trump administration. While I don’t agree with all his viewpoints, I do agree he is a very intelligent man worth reading.

Edward’s Posts: http://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/author/edward-fallone/

Blogger: Peter Jetton

Blog: The Columns

Blog Platform: Washington and Lee University Blog

Bio:

Peter T. Jetton is Director of Communications for the Washington and Lee University School of Law. In this capacity, Jetton coordinates all communications activities for the School of Law, including strategic planning, news and event promotion, publications, media relations and internal communications. He also manages web, email, and social media communications and is lead developer of the Law School’s web-based content management system.

In addition, Jetton has served as a communications and technology consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, an arm of the UN focused on international investment in developing nations, and for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, where he co-chairs the Communications, Technology and Website committee and develops web-based solutions for the organization’s conference planning needs.

Jetton earned a B.A. in English from Dickinson College in 1994 and an M.A. in English from North Carolina State University in 1998. Prior to joining the W&L in 2000, Jetton taught rhetoric and composition at James Madison University. He has also worked as a project manager in the Professional Services division of SAS Institute, one of the largest privately-owned software companies in the world.

My Favorite Post: It was Peter’s post Tax Clinic Students Release Guides for Taxpayers that put his blog on my radar. The guide he links to in it is quite helpful.

Peter’s Posts: https://columns.wlu.edu/author/pjetton/

Blogger: Christopher Roberts

Blog: Texas Law

Blog Platform: The University of Texas at Austin Blog

Bio: Chris joined the law school communications team in the fall of 2014, moving to Austin from New York, where he ran his own boutique communications agency specializing in non-profit, mission-driven organizations. Before that, he was an independent film and theater producer, running the two production companies he co-founded, adobe theatre and Other Pictures. His feature films won 17 major film festival awards, including two Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prizes. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in History.

My Favorite PostDoes Race Influence Tort Damages? Was the first post I read by Eric. Since I am familiar with Professor Ronen Avraham’s work on the Database of State Tort Law Reform (DSTLR) he grabbed my attention with it. Given we have a child considering law school and the fact we plan on moving to Texas one day I’m staying tuned in to Chris at the Columns.

Christopher’s Posts: https://law.utexas.edu/news/authors/christopher-roberts/

Blogger: Chanda Marlowe

Blog: UNC Center For Media Law & Policy Blog

My Favorite PostAre Charter School Studies Giving Us The Full Picture?

Chanda’s Posts: http://medialaw.unc.edu/author/marlowe/

 

Blogger: Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri

Blog: Syracuse University Blog

Bio: Communications Coordinator CHP, SUPAC, ECDC, Taishoff Center

My Favorite PostDisability Studies Scholars at Syracuse University Receive International Recognition

Rachael’s Posts: http://disabilitystudies.syr.edu/blog/author/razubal/

 

Blogger: Natlie Anne Knowlton

Blog: The University of Denver Blog

Bio:

Natalie Anne Knowlton is a Special Projects Consultant at IAALS. Previously, she served as the Director of the Honoring Families Initiative, focusing on legal and empirical research and analysis, facilitating collaboration among stakeholders, and undertaking national outreach and advocacy to enable continuous improvement in practices and procedures for divorce and child custody matters. Prior to her work in HFI, Natalie served as Manager of the Quality Judges Initiative, and before that as a Research Analyst spanning IAALS initiatives. She has been at IAALS since April 2006.

Knowlton is a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She serves on the Governing Board of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

Knowlton received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. During her time at DU, she was involved in an International Criminal Tribunal Externship, through which she worked with the United Nations tribunals prosecuting war crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. She then went on to serve as an Independent Contractor for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, where she analyzed closed trial transcripts and witness testimony for the Butare trial team. Knowlton spent three years with the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, including a year as Managing Editor on the 2007-2008 Editorial Board. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2002 with a B.A. in International Affairs.

My Favorite PostLow-Income Clients Have New Online Pro Bono Resource

Natlie’s Postshttp://iaals.du.edu/profile/natalie-anne-knowlton

Blogger: Sarah C. Zearfoss

Blog: Michigan Law

Blog Platform: University of Michigan

Bio: Sarah C. Zearfoss became the assistant dean and director of admissions in March 2001. In that capacity, she oversees all aspects of JD admissions (including transfer and visitor admissions), as well as administering LLM, MCL, and SJD admissions. Beginning in 2010, Dean Zearfoss began overseeing the offices of Career Planning and Financial Aid, in order to coordinate a consistent approach to employment and financial resource issues throughout students’ law school tenure. She received her AB, cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College and her JD, magna cum laude, from Michigan Law. At Michigan, she was the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law, and authored a note on women’s rights for which she received the Eric Stein Award. While at the Law School, she was also a recipient of the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship and of the Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, Dean Zearfoss clerked for the Hon. James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then practiced labor and employment law at Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Detroit office. In 1999, she returned to work at the Law School as the judicial clerkship advisor in the Office of Career Services before becoming part of the Admissions Office team.

My Favorite Post: Never give up on your stupid, stupid dreams.

Sarah’s Posts: https://www.law.umich.edu/connection/a2z/default.aspx

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