I’m very pleased to announce that this year, as last, the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal has named Overlawyered as one of its “100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers”, and I’m not going to quibble about that wording, even though I’m not a lawyer nor (I believe) are the majority of the site’s readers.
So much for the introductory pleasantries. Now for the main task at hand, which is to win.
Readers may remember that last year Overlawyered lost its run for first place in its category by only a handful of votes, perhaps because we were relatively shy and diffident about urging people to go vote for us. This year the ABA Journal has placed us among ten blogs in the “niche” category, where we face competition from some very high-quality blogs, but, with all due respect, not from any whose readership levels and outside recognition we think exceed ours.
If you go there to vote, you will notice that the popular patent-law blog Patently-O has evidently been whipping its supporters to go cast their votes immediately, and is, for the moment, far in the lead. The ABA Journal says that last time it checked, “Patently-O’s Facebook group had more than 800 members,” which is very nearly the number of votes that blog has received so far. The other possible reason for Patently-O’s huge overnight vote surge, of course, is that they’ve invented some sort of bot to stuff the ballot box by impersonating real voters. But that couldn’t be the right explanation. These are patent lawyers we’re talking about. No way could they invent something.
Anyway, go there and vote for Overlawyered and your favorites in the other categories.