Who are you nominating for the Clawbies? What you’ve never heard of them? Nor had I. But it turns out that the Clawbies are the Canadian Law Blog Awards, and nominations for 2010 are open until December 28th. The Clawbies website explains:
The Canadian Law Blog Awards, a.k.a. the Clawbies, are a project started back in 2006 with the goal of highlighting great blogs published by the Canadian legal industry. While final results are released each year on New Year’s Eve, we continue to emphasize that the most important part of the process are the nominations. So please take part!
The Clawbies are intended to be a showcase of Canadian legal blogging, and to promote a sense of community. So please don’t take the ‘awards’ part too seriously; it’s intended to be a ‘fun’ end-of-year event.
One way to nominate bloggers is by posting the nominations in a blog, so that’s what this post is. In keeping our environmental focus, my nominations will all be in the field of environmental law. There are actually a surprising number of Canadian blogs on environmental law to choose from.
It’s difficult to choose. I have benefited from the thinking and analysis of virtually all of these bloggers, and so I’ll list them all at the bottom of this post as blogs which I’ll hope you’ll check out.
First, I would like to acknowledge the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta’s blog. Its insightful writing and public interest focus would certainly have won my nomination, except that they were kind enough to nominate the Environmental Law Alert blog first. So I guess I can’t nominate them, since I wouldn’t want to appear to be simply paying them back for our nomination (not to worry – the rules of Clawbies nominations mean that by nominating us, they’re already nominated).
So without further ado, here are our 3 nominations:
- Environmental Law and Litigation – I’m sure Diane Saxe doesn’t need (another) nomination, but I cannot recommend Environmental Law and Litigation highly enough. Interesting, topical and well researched, we link to Diane’s posts fairly frequently.
- Pembina Institute Blogs – I’m not certain if the Pembina Institute is part of the “legal industry”, to use the Clawbies’ terminology. However, the blog’s authors include lawyers (for example Karen Campbell and Danielle Droitsch) and it does routinely discuss laws and policies related to energy and climate change in Canada. Their topics and analysis are invariably interesting and an important read for anyone with an interest in energy law.
- Ecojustice Blog – Our colleagues at Ecojustice maintain a rather sleek looking blog on the issues that they are working on. Ecojustice uses its accessible and concise blog posts as effective communications pieces and it’s a great addition to their website.
Here’s a more complete list of the Canadian environmental law blogs I read, which I encourage you to check out:
- CIELAP Community Forum (Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy)
- EnviroLaw Blog (New Brunswick Environmental Law Society)
- Environmental Law Alert (West Coast Environmental Law)
- Environmental Law and Litigation (Diane Saxe)
- Environmental Law Centre (Alberta)
- Law of the Lands (John Goudy)
- MegaWatt (Warren Brazier)
- Pembina Institute
- Zizzo Allan Climate Law (Zizzo Allan LLP)
Can you suggest any that you would add? Who would you nominate for Clawbies (if you’re reading this before December 28th, you still can)? Tell us in the comments.
By Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer