With the holidays here, it’s time to say a quick thanks to all of you who have stuck with this blog for well over 6 years.

Earlier this month, the ABA Journal — the flagship publication of the American Bar Association — once again named this blog as one of the best law blogs in the country. It’s the fifth year in a row for the honor.

But even more special, this blog was among only 10 that have been added this year to the Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. According to the Journal, “. . . Daniel Schwartz consistently impresses us with concise and incisive analysis of the latest cases and issues to arise in employment law . . .”

“Wicked cool,” as we used to say growing up (and which I would say if I was a Boston employment blog.)

There was a round of voting for voters to choose which blog they liked the best, but that part of the contest always seemed a bit trivial to me.  I’ve held off on a blog post until the voting concluded because, well, after getting named to the “Hall of Fame” this year, I really didn’t need or want extra votes.

So where does this blog go from here? Cooperstown? Lifetime achievement awards? Disney World?

Well, for starters, I’m going to take a bit of time off on the blog until the new year. Of course, if I can’t resist writing you may see a blog post or two between now and then.

And after that? I’m in the early planning stages of a new chapter for this blog and the related (and growing) social media outlets.   My New Year’s Resolution is to try to create something that remains as fresh and vibrant as when we started in 2007.

So, stay tuned.  And thanks again.

Merry Christmas to those that celebrate and Happy New Year to everyone!

2009 was a fluke.

2010 had to have been a mistake.

2011 was the time they forgot to update their 2010 list.

So what about 2012? Well, could it be that this little blog from Connecticut actually deserves to be on the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 as one of the best law blogs in the country?

I’d still shake my head.  Heck, even my mother-in-law seemed a little curious with my selection on the list.

But here we are for the fourth year in a row, appearing as one of just six employment law blogs mentioned.  Its crazy.

Now I could tell you to vote for this blog too (free registration is required), but honestly, I love reading Jon Hyman’s Ohio Employer Law Blog and Molly DiBianca’s Delaware Employment Law Blog too.  (And about 58 other blogs on the Blawg 100 list too for that matter). And big kudos to the other employment law attorneys who blog – Philip Miles, Donna Ballman, and Jeff Nowak.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

It’s the middle of the political season. And you know what that means, a request to vote.

No, not for the Presidential election (though I’ll have more on that next month).

But for the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 nominations which end on September 7th.

For three years running, this blog has been named to the list, which recognizes some of the best legal blogs in the country.  Can we make it four?

In order to make that happen, the ABA Journal is soliciting nominations.  If you enjoy reading this blog, take a minute to fill out the online form here.  It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.

I’d also like to thank those that have added me to various other lists over the last month, including the Fastcase 50, Best Lawyers, and HR Examiner’s Top 25 List of Influencers in Employment Law. 

Nearly five years after starting this blog, it’s great to see that so many still get so much out of it. Again, many thanks for your continued reading and support.

“King of the Geeks.”

That is how one of my law partners has fondly referred to my appearance on the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal “Blawg 100” the last two years.  (The Blawg 100 is a list of the “top 100” blogs for lawyers.)

Blawg 100 Winner!

Yesterday, the ABA Journal — frankly the preeminent legal publication for lawyers — released its 2011 list of best blogs.

I suppose I need to get out my crown again, because the Connecticut Employment Law Blog makes its third appearance.

Of the accolades that this blog has received, the Blawg 100 remains my most cherished.  There is very strong company on the list, so be sure to check it out.  In particular, I want to recommend the other labor & employment attorneys on the list.  All are worthy of the award.

I know you’re wondering, what can I do to support this blog? (Wait, you’re NOT wondering that?).  Well, if you can, be sure to register a vote with the ABA Journal.  You do not need to be a subscriber or a lawyer to vote.  I make this request not because I really want to win, but because I’m tired of losing to Texas (and the Work Matters blog).

The Texans already have a headstart and, in fairness, it’s a pretty good blog too. But it’s time for the Nutmeggers (don’t even get me started on that state nickname) to represent.

And thank you all (and particularly UConn Professor Nancy A. Brouillet who nominated this blog) for your unparalleled support.  I sincerely appreciate it.

For the last two years, I’ve been really fortunate (and grateful) to have this blog named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 – representing some of the best law blogs out there. This year’s nomination process has begun and the ABA Journal is soliciting entries in the next edition.  I’d be grateful if you took a moment to consider this blog and submit a nomination.

Vote early and often

(And I’ve also been named to the Lexis/Nexis list of Top 25 employment law blog nominees. Of course, if you’d like to point out your readership of this blog on that list too, that’s fine as well. Each comment is counted as a vote so comment early and often.)

But I thought it would be more interesting, if I highlighted some of the blogs that I think should be considered for both lists.

Last year’s entries in the “Labor” category (including Jon Hyman’s Ohio Employer’s Law Blog, and the Delaware Employment Law Blog) are all deserving of another nomination.

Here are a few others:

One blog to keep an eye on is the Michigan Employment Law Advisor by Jason Shinn. It’s been around less than six months, but I have found myself reading these posts with some frequency too.

I feel compelled to say that this list is far from complete and that there are plenty of others that I read too — many of which I’ve referred to from time to time.  But I thought I would share a few to start a discussion. Feel free to add your suggestions or nominees in the comments below.

As always, thanks for your loyal readership.  The Connecticut Employment Law Blog remains among the most widely read blogs of its kind in the nation and I couldn’t do this without you.

(And continuing my music theme of the week, I give you Mariah Carey’s “I Can’t Live (If Living Is Without You)”)

UPDATED

I‘ve previously told you about the ABA Journal Blawg 100 and how this blog has been named to that list for the second year in a row. (Since 1500-2000 of you visit each day, there’s a lot of you that haven’t yet voted. It’s free and it takes just a minute to do so).

But there’s another top 100 list that Molly DiBianca of the Delaware Employment Law Blog prepares each year that lists just those labor & employment law blogs worth reading.  I’m grateful to be on that list in "Group One" and send the good vibes right back to her. Her blog is a must-read. 

So, if you’re looking to expand your reading in 2011, take a look at the list and subscribe to a few more. I won’t repeat ones that are found on her list but I also think she left off a few for your consideration:

 UPDATE: Molly has since updated her list and I’ve removed some that were actually on her original list.  Have any other suggestions? Feel free to chime in below.  

Back in 2007, when I started this blog, the idea of being recognized as one of the best legal blogs in the country would have been a bit of wishful thinking.  After all, there are literally THOUSANDS of such blogs in existence. 

Flash Forward to 2009: The Connecticut Employment Law Blog has been named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100.  What is the Blawg 100? According to the ABA (American Bar Association) Journal — it represents "the best legal blogs as selected by the Journal’s editors."

This list is literally a who’s who in the legal world and contains many blogs that I routinely follow and which I highly recommend including the Wall St. Journal Law Blog, Above the Law, and SCOTUSBlog

So I am deeply humbled and honored to be on the list and thank various readers for submitting nominations to the ABA Journal for its review, including A Connecticut Law Blog author Ryan McKeen

The blog was named to the "Geo" category as having "all-around high-quality posts on topics mainly relevant to the people in their neck of the woods."

But now the fun begins. You, the reader, can vote for the "Best of the Best" blog at the ABA Journal site here.  Obviously, I hope you’ll give this blog a vote or two (and tell others to do so).  Right now, the Tex Parte Blog has gotten off to a very early lead, but I’m sure it’ll be no match for the power that a small state such as Connecticut can bring.

So, many thanks for your help in bringing this blog national attention and my thanks to my law firm for all its support.