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January 18, 2008

Blogs by professors Brian Leiter and Wayne Schiess make list of ABA Journal’s top 100 law-related blogs

Two professors at The University of Texas School of Law have had their blogs named by the ABA Journal to “The Blawg 100: The best Web sites by lawyers for lawyers.” The Journal announced the list of the top 100 law-related blogs—which includes blogs by law professors Brian Leiter and Wayne Schiess—in its December 2007 issue.

Leiter, who holds the Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair in Law, started writing his blog in 2005. The ABA Journal noted that Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports includes “the latest law school hirings, firings and other turmoil, plus research and commentary suggesting how best to run a law school.” Leiter also serves as a philosophy professor and the founder and director of the law and philosophy program at UT.

“There is a tremendous appetite among law professors for information about the legal academy,” Leiter said. “Cyberspace facilitates quick and efficient communication about issues in legal education of interest to faculty and students.”

Schiess, director of legal writing at The University of Texas School of Law, is the author of Wayne Schiess’s Legal-Writing Blog. He has been blogging on legal writing for over two years.

The ABA Journal article notes that on his blog, Schiess “posts about the latest court rules regarding word limits and page limits, as well as the use of cites, footnotes, and dates. He even entertains debate about the serial comma.”

“I’m pleased and surprised,” said Schiess, who has taught legal writing at UT Law since 1992; he was named director in 2004. “I had no idea so many people read the blog and liked it.”

Schiess has written two books, Writing for the Legal Audience and Better Legal Writing. He expects to publish his third book on legal writing in 2008. “The themes on my blog are the same as the themes in my books,” he says. “Lawyers need to be better writers, and we can simplify legal language more than we do.”

To read the online version of the ABA Journal article go to: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/aba_journal_blawg_100/
(Molly McDonough & Sarah Randag, ABA Journal Blawg 100, 93 ABA J. 30 (Dec. 2007).)

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Professor Brian Leiter

Professor Wayne Schiess

Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu.