Over the years, we’ve had a little fun on this blog, with friendly bets with other employment law attorneys, over everything from a sports event to, well, a sports event.  The loser traditionally has to extol the virtues of the winning team on an employment law blog with some loose employment law tie-in.

Last week, Philip Miles — who writes the long-running Lawffice Space Blog –– issued a challenge to me to see who would win the UConn – Penn State women’s basketball game over the weekend.  Since his post is appearing here, you can guess the results. I’ll let Philip finish the story, though his employment law angle is a bit lacking:

One of the greatest sport clichés of all time is that “to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

My beloved Penn State Lady Lions basketball team has taken that statement to heart and challenged the UConn Huskies each of the past three years. Unfortunately, the Lady Lions dropped all three contests. In fact, none of them were even particularly close. I placed a friendly wager on the latest game with the proprietor of this blog. I now pay my debt: a tribute to UConn.

Make no mistake about it, UConn is the best. Are they ranked number one? Check (by unanimous vote). Are they the defending national champions? Check (including a blowout win over fellow 1-seed Notre Dame). Are they historically one of the greatest? Check (seven championships from 2000-present). Do they have a legendary coach? Check (Geno Auriemma is 841-133 as a head coach – although I think Pat Summitt contends for greatest ever).

I don’t have much more to say. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. For now, the basketball world is a game of “King of the Hill” (perhaps “Queen of the Hill” would be more appropriate here) and everyone else is just scrambling for a shot at UConn . . . just to get knocked back down again. Baylor and Notre Dame had all kinds of hype last year, but they couldn’t get it done.

Rest assured, there are challengers out there right now preparing to take down the reigning champs, and they’re hungry. Does UConn have what it takes to stay on top again this year? Recent history suggests they do, but March Madness is a long way off.

Of course, to get the employment angle, Philip could’ve updated us all on the discrimination lawsuit that had been brought against UConn coach Auriemma — it was dismissed earlier this year.  But let’s face it, watching basketball is a lot more fun than keeping track of lawsuits.  

My thanks to Philip for the quick guest post. Even shorthanded, though, the UConn Huskies are still “simply the best”.  

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.

 

 

“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.

As I approach the three-year anniversary of this blog (stay tuned for more details), it’s certainly touching to receive accolades for this blog. 

Each year, LexisNexis “honors a select group of blogs that set the online standard for a given industry.” Amazingly, the Connecticut Employment Law Blog is a nominated candidates for the LexisNexis Top 25 Business Law Blogs of 2010.

The list is impressive.  I’m particularly fond of Doug Cornelius’ Compliance Building blog.  But in contests such as this, there is no room for compromise.  I need to enlist your help.

You see, apparently LexisNexis wants readers to voice their support of their favorite blogs.  Since Doug has already sent out a call to his readers to support his blog; I know readers of this blog can do better.

While Doug is willing to "sit back and take the consolation prize: the honor of being nominated", I think we have a shot to take this. Sure, we’re up against the WALL STREET JOURNAL, and HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, but…

Ok, I know we’re not fooling anyone, but if you’d like to say a good word about the blog, I’d be grateful.  Lexis Nexis invites you to comment on the announcement post at either of the following links:

To comment, you have to register. Registration is free and supposedly does not result in sales contacts (though I’d use one of your backup e-mail addresses just in case). The comment period for nominations ends on October 8, 2010. They don’t say how they will end up selecting the top 25 out of the nominees other based on their review and your comments.