Started in 1999, this is the oldest law blog on the web today. Its mission is as follows: To explore the “American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.” I found this blog particularly interesting because a senior fellow at the CATO Institute and the former director of the American Enterprise Institute primarily run it, and these are two think tanks of which I am very fond.
As is obvious, this blog discusses recent rulings and the opinions of the Supreme Court Justices very clearly and comprehensively. I particularly like it because even comparatively less significant cases are highlighted on this website, allowing it to serve as a great legal resource with regard to current trends in the constitutional law community. It also has interesting “statistics” pages, commentary from legal philosophers, and a “Cases Made Simple” page for those who just want to skim the major facts of a particular case.
TheBLT: The Blog of Legal Times (http://legaltimes.typepad.com/)
The BLT is run by ALM, a provider of specialized business news and information pertaining to the law. The blog is updated frequently, and political theorists and lobbyists write commentary pertaining to recent happenings on the hill. This blog is largely regarded as one of the “must reads” of the legal community, and after spending considerable time on the website, I’d tend to agree.
WSJ Law Blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/law/)
The WSJ Law Blog is unique in that it presents cases and legal developments that aren’t traditionally cited by other news sources. Because the Wall Street Journal is regarded so highly and held to a standard of journalistic integrity, this blog serves as an excellent source for those really want to stay informed about relevant developments in law. It also discusses the financial implications of major legislation and judiciary decisions, and thus caters successfully to its target audience.
Think Tonk (http://claytonlittlejohn.blogspot.com/)
Clayton Littlejohn, a philosopher at the University of Texas at San Antonio, runs this blog. It particularly appeals to college students interested in philosophy because the blog combines discussions of epistemology and law with funny political and cultural commentary. Littlejohn’s writing style will definitely keep your attention, and the recent popularity of his blog speaks to this success.
Leiter Reports (http://www.leiterreports.typepad.com/)
This blog well encompasses the topics we’ve discussed over the course of the semester. The Leiter Reports describes itself as “news and views about philosophy, the academic profession, academic freedom, and intellectual culture.” Not surprisingly, it seems that a majority of the material on the website our directly related to law and recent developments in politics. In fact, an entire portion of the website is dedicated solely to “legal philosophy.” Brian Lieter, a Law Professor at the University of Chicago School of Law, runs the blog.
The Garden of Forking Paths (http://gfp.typepad.com/the_garden_of_forking_pat/)
Professional philosophers explore questions about the nature of free will and moral responsibility. Posts on this website complement well the material we’ve discussed throughout the semester in our course, and add new and varying perspectives to discussion. Unfortunately, the blog’s contributors have stopped posting new blogs at present, but there’s a great deal of previous posts that are fascinating to read.