Editors of the ABA Journal have again selected internetcases as one of the 100 best law blogs. This is the second time the American Bar Association has honored the blog, having also placed it on the list of top law blogs of 2011.
The internetcases blog is included in the “9th Annual Blawg 100,” a list of the magazine’s 100 favorite legal blogs. The ABA Journal says the list recognizes “the very best law blogs, known for their untiring ability to craft high-quality, engaging posts.”
Chicago attorney Evan Brown authors the blog, which focuses on issues involving the internet, technology, intellectual property, social media, privacy, and new media. Evan created the blog in 2005 and draws from his many years of legal experience and his work as a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization, deciding cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Evan is a partner in the Chicago-based law firm Much Shelist P.C., and is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and John Marshall Law School, both in Chicago. Evan also provides analysis on cybersquatting cases at the blog UDRP Tracker.
The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation’s 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. The ABA is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
Ten years ago today, somewhat on a whim, yet to fulfill a need I saw for discussion about the law of the internet in the “blogosphere” (a term we loved dearly back then), I launched internetcases.
What started as a one-page handwritten pamphlet that I would mimeograph in the basement of my one-bedroom apartment and then foist upon unsuspecting people on street corners has in ten years turned into a billion dollar conglomerate and network. internetcases is now translated into 7 languages daily and employs a staff of thousands to do the Lord’s work fighting Ebola and terrorism on 4 continents. Or it’s a WordPress install on some cheap GoDaddy space and I write when I can.
All seriousness aside, on this 10th anniversary, I want to sincerely thank my loyal readers and followers. Writing this blog has been the single most satisfying thing I’ve done in my professional life, and I am immensely grateful for the knowledge it has helped me develop, the opportunities for personal brand development it has given (speaking, press, media opportunities), but most of all, I’m grateful for the hundreds of people it has enabled me to connect with and get to know.
Blogging (and the web in general) has changed a lot in 10 years. And the legal issues arising from the internet continue to challenge us to stretch our thinking and amp up our powers of analysis. It’s great to have a platform on the web from which to share news and thoughts about the role that technology plays in shaping our legal rules and our culture.
I’m pleased to welcome Brian Beckham, the newest contributor to Internet Cases. Brian is currently based in Switzerland as a Case Manager with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center. He’s licensed to practice law in Virginia, and while he was practicing in the states, he focused on trademark law (as well as communications related contracts and licensing and nonprofit law) before joining WIPO in 2007. He holds a degree in philosophy from Ohio University, a J.D. and LL.M. in information technology from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and can often be found cycling the Alps surrounding Geneva, Switzerland. Drop him a line at brian.beckham [at] gmail.com. Although Brian works for WIPO, his posts are made in a personal capacity and recap publicly available information. Here’s a link to a more complete bio: http://jbrianbeckham.blogspot.com.
Brian’s first post deals with NASCAR’s unsuccessful attempts to wrangle a domain name from another party using the mark within a domain name.
I’ve started up a group on Facebook, and if you’re a member of the Facebook community, I invite you to join. I have no agenda for the group’s activities, if there ever are any. But the discussion board feature could be fun, and it also seems like it could be a good networking catalyst. Hope to see you there.
Here’s a link to the group page: http://turo.us/3Hrhf
(Drop me a line if you have any trouble accessing it.)