New ABA Journal Website a Competitor to

ABA Journal Law News NowThe ABA Journal, which is read by more than half the nation’s 1.1 million lawyers every month, has radically revamped its website. "It aggregates and filters breaking news from the nation’s best legal journalists and daily analysis from lawyers who are experts in their fields. It’s a place where the legal community can comment about today’s developments, and learn from each other," said Edward A. Adams, Editor and Publisher.

The revamped site has three major components that compete directly with

Law News Now:  The home page features the latest legal news stories by lawyer-journalists. It’s updated continuously every business day with 25-50 summaries of and links to legal reporting from around the web. The top of the home page displays the top legal stories right now, "whether it’s today’s Supreme Court decision, yesterday’s law firm mega-merger, or Paris Hilton’s latest scrape with the law," Adams said. Lawyers can find just the news about their practice area or state at (

The Blawg Directory:  This section indexes more than 1,000 lawyer blogs, sorted by author, what they cover, and excerpts from their 10 latest posts. The blog list can be sorted by subject, who writes the blog (partners, associates, judges, law professors, etc.), or by the state or court they blog about. Readers can suggest blogs at

The Magazine:  The site includes every story from every issue of the ABA Journal back through 2005,  The editors plan to post issues from previous years as well. New issues will go online the day they are published, and they’ll be augmented with Web-only exclusives like court opinions, white papers and interview transcripts that add depth to the printed stories.

The site also has some useful tools:

  • Visitors can comment on every story.
  • The list of most-read stories, appearing on almost every page, shows what the legal community is reading right now.
  • You can e-mail any story to friends and colleagues.
  • You can subscribe to a free daily and weekly e-mail newsletter.
  • You can a news feed to your RSS feed reader.
  • You can even keep up with the latest news on your Internet-capable cell phone or BlackBerry with our mobile edition.

The entire site is free and available to anyone, whether they belong to the ABA or not.

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