New York, N.Y.(February 2, 2012)—Legal As She Is Spoke (LASIS), a blog produced by students in New York Law School’s Program in Law and Journalism (PLJ), has been voted number one in the popular vote in the 5th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100, with more readers voting for LASIS than any other nominee. LASIS was also voted best blog in the Niche category.
The 5th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100 is conducted by the editors of the ABA Journal, who chose LASIS as one of the 100 best blawgs—blogs that are written by lawyers, for lawyers. After the top 100 sites were chosen, readers were then asked to vote on their favorites in 12 categories. To see all the blawgs in the top 100, please visit: http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100.
“Our students perform a public service,” said Michelle Zierler, Director of the Program in Law in Journalism. “They research and write top-notch stories which explain complex legal issues to the public. And they do so accurately and engagingly. They have every reason to feel proud.”
LASIS features dynamic coverage on the latest legal stories in the news, with a focus on accuracy in reporting on the law. It is authored by students who have opted to study with PLJ, the Law School’s program that focuses on the relationship between lawyers, the media, and the public. Postings from LASIS have been quoted or featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Variety, and many more.
The blog is a product of the Law School’s project-based learning approach, which provides students with opportunities to collaborate with professors and fellow students on initiatives that combine real-world experience with traditional academics. Projects include creating and maintaining Web sites devoted to particular areas of the law and/or social commentary.
LASIS derives its name from a classic 19th-century Portuguese guide to the English language, English as She Is Spoke, written by a man who could not speak English. Similarly, media coverage about the law often seems to be written by those who do not have a clear understanding of the law. LASIS hopes to become the site to visit for a clear and engaging explanation of some of today’s legal issues. For more information about the blog and to read more entries, visit: www.lasisblog.com.
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