We took a brief break from Best of Law Blogging last week for the holiday break, but our community of bloggers certainly didn’t so this week we are covering posts from both last week and this week. Just before 2021 comes to a close we’re bringing you posts from the LexBlog community on how agriculture tech could save the world, lunchtime amid the pandemic and OSHA’s temporary vaccine standard for large employers.


Michelle’s Picks

Busting eggnog myths for New Year’s Eve safety

You might’ve indulged in some eggnog over the holidays, but in case you’re thinking about doing so tomorrow as well, make sure you’re taking the proper precautions to avoid salmonella. Not a fun way to start the new year otherwise. Marler Clark publishes this timely piece, dispelling some myths you might’ve heard associated with the festive drink. No, adding alcohol to the drink won’t kill bacteria in eggnog, and neither will adding your eggnog to hot coffee. They advise you how to make it properly and safely on Food Safety News.

Can agriculture technology save the world? Some investors think so

Anything that could potentially save the world grabs my attention. Roger Royse of Haynes & Boone discusses how much agriculture contributes to climate change and greenhouse emissions. His post is a great recap of the Silicon Valley AgTech Conference and explores some of the ways technology could combat the negative effects from agriculture. His writing style is casual and easy to understand, making this a really informative and interesting post about the space. Available at Roger Royse Articles.

The Roller Coaster Continues: OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Vaccine Standard for Large Employers

COVID rules and protocols are constantly changing—and rules need to be followed—so who better poised to keep employers updated than legal bloggers? With OSHA having issued an Emergency Temporary Standard regarding large employers and vaccination, it being struck down and then reinstated, things are confusing to say the least. Though the Supreme Court will meet early January to hopefully alleviate any confusion, in the meantime Phyllis Karasov has crafted a helpful post on what employers should do now while they wait for the court’s final say. Available at Larkin Hoffman Employment & Labor Law Blog.


Alec’s Picks

How to Register Chinese Character Trademarks

Imagine you are interested in registering a Chinese character trademark, but have no idea where to start. More than likely you’ll start your research by heading over to Google and searching for something along the lines of: “How to register Chinese character trademarks.” Lo and behold, this very post from Fred Rocafort is going to be in the top search results. “How to” blog posts are one of the best ways to attract new readers to your blog and potentially earn new clients. Rocafort wrote this post in such a way that even legal novices can easily understand what he’s talking about, yet he is sharing in-depth legal expertise you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere online. Available at Harris Bricken’s China Law Blog.

New York City Grants Non-U.S. Citizens Right to Vote in Local Elections

This news story piqued my interest when it came across my Twitter feed last week and Brian Shyr did a great job summing up the complexities of it and the conversation around it. In this succinct and informative blog post, Shyr provides important context for this major change to New York City election law as well as the varying perspectives on this legislation. When there is breaking news this big within the legal space that you cover you want to get a post out quickly. Shyr and the team at Jackson LewisImmigration Blog were on top of this one.

Lost Lunch

Sometimes law blog posts need not pertain specifically to the field of law. This post is a perfect example. David Whelan shares his thoughts on lunch and how the pandemic has made him reflect on the meal and its place in the workplace. Whelan touches on work meetings and his own eating habits and manages to bring up some very interesting points and more than a few lines that made me chuckle. While a post like this isn’t a fit for every type of blog, sometimes it’s nice to get to know the humans behind the blog posts and Whelan’s personable writing style certainly achieves this while also opening up a quite interesting discussion about the middle meal of the day. Available at Whelan’s Explorations with Information and Technology.

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.

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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.