Another year gone already, man, I’m getting old. With December comes the annual Clawbie Awards for best Canadian law blogs. Last year, I was honoured to receive two of the little statutes, for Best Law Professor Blog and Best New Law Blog. It took me weeks to fit my big head into my office afterwards. The Clawbies are the brain-child of Steve Mathews in Vancouver, who deserves a lot of credit for helping to build this medium in Canada.
Nominations are open until December 28. They can be sent to Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to those of you who have already nominated me for this years’ award. I am humbled.
I have to be honest though. I really don’t spend a lot of time reading other blogs. I maintain three of my own, which is enough ‘blog’ time really. However, I am often referred to other blogs and I do occasionally scout out what others are up to. Obviously I am most interested in those that overlap with my area of expertise, which is labour and employment law and human rights issues. I stumbled upon a couple this year by practitioners that I think are deserving of some recognition. So, without further rambling, my 2009 Clawbie Nominations are (in no particular order):
Greg Gowe’s blog on labour and employment law issues. Greg is a B.C. lawyer who maintains a well-stocked series of posts that keep my abreast of developments on the Left Coast, my old stomping grounds when I was a lawyer at Vancouver’s Victory Square Law Office in the 1990s. Greg’s posts are frequent, informative, and well drafted.
Donna Seale’s Human Rights in the Workplace. Donna’s entries are not as frequent these days, but that is made up for by the fact that her posts are in depth and professionally crafted. I have used one of her blog entries as an assigned reading in my courses. Plus, Donna and I have also been able to consult in our blogs on interesting human rights decisions.
Thoughts from a Management Lawyer by Michael Fitzgibbon is one of the longest running employment law blogs in the country (if not the longest) and is still a cutting edge, current source for finding information on the field. Congratulations to Michael for keeping this up so long while running a busy law practice and teaching as well.
Happy holiday period everyone, and I will see you in the new year. David