In the blogging world, what follows is known as a “bleg”:
As some First Things readers know, in my day job, I’m the Director of the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University in New York. The Center has its own blog, the Center for Law and Religion Forum , which contains regular updates on law and religion cases, news, and scholarship from across the globe, as well as commentary by me, my St. John’s colleague, Marc DeGirolami, and frequent guests. The blog has been in operation for a couple of years now and has filled an important niche in the American legal academy: fair and balanced coverage of vital issues at the intersection of law and religion.
We were delighted to learn yesterday that the American Bar Association Journal has named the Center for Law and Religion Forum as one of the top 100 blogs on law and lawyers in its annual “Blawg 100 survey. The ABA quoted a reader: CLR Forum highlights interesting news in law and religion that no other such blawg highlights. Its commentary is incisive and fair. Its point of view is unique among blawgs for taking seriously varied religious traditions rather than mocking them or treating them in a lowest-common-denominator fashion. We’re very grateful to the ABA and the readers who nominated us.
Now for the bleg: The ABA is asking readers to select their favorite blogs from each of the surveys categories, including the “Niche category, where the ABA has placed CLR Forum. Voting began yesterday and will continue until December 20. If you think that it’s important to have a blog that fairly covers law and religion issues and offers commentary that departs from conventional academic secularism, please check out CLR Forum and, if you like what you see, vote for us by clicking here and following the links. Thanks!