National has, I confess, arrived a little late at the ball when it comes to blogging (we do appreciate your patience by the way). But that isn’t to say we haven’t been paying attention to some great writing by legal bloggers. And so, without further delay, here are my nominations for the 2012 Clawbies:
1. Environmental Law and Litigation: Dianne Saxe continues to offer clear, relevant and timely updates on environmental law and provides reliable and insightful commentary on some of the most important legal issues of the day in her field. She remains the go-to source for environmental professionals (whether they're lawyers or not). And the site remains simple, crisp and at times playful. She won the award in 2010. If we survive 2012, she should win it again.
2. À bon droit: À bon droit is a fantastic resource for Quebec practitioners. Any “civiliste” worth one's salt reads the blog regularly. If founder and main contributor Karim Renno could clone himself and cover all areas of practice, we wouldn’t need CLE. He gets our second nomination.
3. Our third goes to Canadian Charity Law, the project of Mark Blumberg, of Blumberg Segal LLP, a Toronto firm which primarily serves Canadian charities. According to the site, the average Canadian charity has annual revenue of under $100,000. Mark's efforts are guided by the belief, in his words, “that irrespective of size and budget, legal compliance and ethical conduct on the part of charities is important to maintaining the public’s trusts in the charitable sector.” So in this regard, the blog has the ambition to improve access to justice. And it seems to be working. People in the non-profit sector swear by this site: “Interesting, prolific and very helpful,” tells me one regular reader.
There are plenty of other great blogs that deserve mention. For now, I'll just say thanks for making it easy for me to find quality legal information. And to those that I haven't yet discovered, I hope to run into you soon.
Yves Faguy is the senior editor of National Magazine. / Yves Faguy est le rédacteur principal du magazine National.