We’ve only got a couple of weeks left in 2021 and many are already preparing for the holidays, but that hasn’t stopped our community of legal bloggers from continuing to churn out great post after great post. Alec and Michelle highlight some of their favorite pieces from the week, focusing on relevant topics such as COVID in animals, plagiarism in legal writing and the uncertainty surrounding hybrid work.


Alec’s Picks

Is it Ever Plagiarism to Use Other Attorneys’ Work Product?

For a blogger who is primarily focused on bankruptcy, David Bury consistently finds new and unique topics within the space to cover. That is very much the case with this post which looks at the ethical debate over plagiarism in legal writing. In this post (and all his others) Bury’s writing is professional, yet personal. He covers complicated topics, but you always feel as though he has just sat down to personally explain the subject to you. Perhaps that’s apt for a blog post whose subject matter includes the debate over using standardized language versus original writing. We can say for certain that these insights are uniquely Bury’s and his is a voice you should be listening to. Available at Plan Proponent.

A Few of My Favorite Things

As someone who performed in their high school’s production of The Sound of Music (I played Friedrich) I can’t pass up a reference like this. Sometimes a great blog post really does start with an intriguing title and an engaging introduction and Jim Calloway delivers on both counts. His witty title and introductory paragraph hooked me and got me to stick around to read all about his favorite legal technologies. Jim very easily could have made this a straightforward listicle, but through a simple framing device he garners some extra attention from readers like me. Available at Law Practice Tips.

Litigation in Thailand

It’s something that we hit on in our recent webinar, but it bears repeating: you really should be writing interview posts. Look no further than Will Newman who runs an ongoing series in which he interviews legal professionals from around the world about what it’s like to practice law in their respective countries. This week he interviewed Jitsopin Narasettapong, a legal consultant in Thailand. Narasettapong provided great insights into the similarities and differences between the Thai and U.S. legal systems. After reading this post I went back into Newman’s archive and read several more posts from this series and lea—I suggest you do the same. Available at Unpredictable.


Michelle’s Picks

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Data Breach Coincides with Spotlight on Roe v. Wade

A really relevant and timely post here from Melanie Notari and Elizabeth Litten of Fox Rothschild. With a niche blog that centers around HIPAA and HITECH security, this recent breach of a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood intersects with their blog’s matter and they do a great job covering it. They allude to the evident coincidence of this data breach taking place amidst the discourse surrounding Roe v Wade. They use this event as a jumping off point to talk about a separate breach that happened to Flo Health and how they were much slower to respond. This is a well-written, timely post, available at HIPAA & Health Information Technology.

COVID in Animals Review Part 6, Updated: Marine Mammals

This is a great longtime series being authored by University of Guelph’s Scott Weese. For a while now, he’s been looking at COVID in various animals—such as horses, cats, dogs and others. He’s also taken the time to update any information, which is what he does here in this piece focusing on marine mammals. It’s a very unique series and I don’t see many other bloggers or people in general covering COVID in animals in such a digestible, easy-to-understand fashion. Would definitely recommend giving it a read. Available at Worms & Germs Blog.

Looking ahead – will 2022 be ‘the year of living dangerously’ for hybrid work?

Nearing the end of 2021, posts that are “looking ahead” to 2022 make for great pieces—we actually just touched on this during our December webinar. This topic is one that is sure to intrigue pretty much everyone as the decisions to work from home, maintain a hybrid workstyle or simply go back to the office affect people everywhere. Erin Hawthorne, Amanda Cavanough and Anna Codlin writer a great post suggesting questions for businesses and HR leaders to be thinking about heading into the new year. Available at Seyfarth’s Workplace Law & Strategy.

Photo of Michelle Newblom Michelle Newblom

Michelle works on LexBlog’s Publishing team and assists in managing and creating the company’s editorial and social content, as well as working with clients to ensure the overall success of their blogs. She has experience working in all different realms of publishing—including newspapers,

Michelle works on LexBlog’s Publishing team and assists in managing and creating the company’s editorial and social content, as well as working with clients to ensure the overall success of their blogs. She has experience working in all different realms of publishing—including newspapers, magazines and research journals. Michelle has published a poetry book and been featured in an anthology.

Photo of Alec Downing Alec Downing

Alec is an intern on LexBlog’s publishing team where he creates content for the company’s various digital platforms. A former radio news anchor, Alec brings both a background in journalism and a passion for law. Alec has the eventual goal of attending law…

Alec is an intern on LexBlog’s publishing team where he creates content for the company’s various digital platforms. A former radio news anchor, Alec brings both a background in journalism and a passion for law. Alec has the eventual goal of attending law school—and of course—starting his own law blog. His writing has been published in The Seattle Times and Crosscut.