Let’s get right to it: I come to you, hat in hand. For those who don’t know that expression, let me explain.

It’s that time of year again when the ABA Journal seeks input on the best legal blogs in the United States. Their list from last year is here, and it includes some top-notch content, in a wide variety of practice areas (or in no practice area at all).

So my awkward moment comes down to this: If any reader wants to submit a brief “amici” (recommendation) in support of this blog, AZ Attorney, I would appreciate it. No pressure: The Journal’s editors make their own determination, and the amici are not counted like “votes,” so the brief submission form is just a way to bring a blog to their attention. No need to get mushy or wax poetic; a few kind words would do. (And no, Kathy, thanks, but spouses cannot nominate their partners!)

I have nominated other blogs myself (because that’s the kind of guy I am), and I can assure you that the process takes about 3 minutes.

The submission form is here. The deadline is this Friday, September 7. (Would it help if I mentioned that’s the day before my birthday? Hmm?)

And even if you don’t nominate this blog, you should consider nominating another of your own favorite legal blogs. Take a look at our rotating roster of bloggers in the Arizona Attorney Blog Network, available at our News Center. And the ABA Journal keeps its own extensive list here; look around and recommend a great blogger or two; they’d appreciate it.

This month, I was pleased to see that a great Arizona blawg has been honored by the ABA Journal. The Journal’s annual Blawg 100 recognizes excellence in a wide variety of areas. It’s nice to see Arizona on the radar.

The blog is called Arizoneout, and it’s written by Dinita James at Ford & Harrison LLP. Here’s how she describes the cutting-edge focus of herself and her site:

Dinita James

“Dinita James is a partner with Ford & Harrison LLP and a former newspaper reporter and editor whose journalism instincts tell her that medical marijuana is going to be one of the hottest workplace issues for Arizona employers for the foreseeable future. Through Arizoneout, she hopes to inform, educate, and raise awareness about the myriad issues the legal use of marijuana present for workplaces in the Grand Canyon State.”

You may read more about Dinita here.

I came across the blog quite awhile ago, and I have been charmed by her detailed yet accessible coverage of marijuana and employment issues. In fact, this past year we added Arizoneout to the Blog Network on the Arizona Attorney News Center—and I’m glad we did.

Remember, this ABA Journal thing is a competition, and the top blogs are chosen by vote. So if you’re so inclined, follow the link on Dinita’s page to indicate your support. Or just click here.

In the meantime, were any other Arizona bloggers named? Please let me know by posting below.

It’s that time of year again when the ABA Journal seeks input on the best legal blogs in the United States. Their list from last year is here, and it includes some terrific content.

Awkward moment: If any of you readers wants to submit a brief “amici”  (recommendation) in support of AZ Attorney, I would appreciate it. The Journal’s editors make their own determination (and the amici are not counted like “votes”), so the brief submission form is just a way to bring a blog to their attention. So no need to get mushy or wax poetic; a few kind words would do.

The submission form is here. The submission deadline is Friday, September 9.

And even if you are not inclined to name this blog, please consider submitting a recommendation for your own favorite legal blogs. We run a rotating roster of bloggers in the Arizona Attorney Blog Network, available at our News Center. And the ABA Journal keeps its own extensive list here; look around and recommend a great blogger or two; they’d appreciate it.

The winners from last year’s ABA Journal issue are here. Enjoy.

If there is a code of honor among blawgers (and I’m sure there is, for there is a code involved in all things law), then I am sure it requires this of me: to spread the news that finalists have been named in the ABA’s Blawg 100.

These, as you might have surmised, are the “best” law bloggers, as determined by the ABA Journal’s legion of editors. Now people far and wee (you, me, the finalists’ families and pets) get to winnow the field to the best of the best.

I have to admit that I am as surprised as you are that this very blog — AZ Attorney — was not selected. But gnashing our teeth and crying in our beer will get us nowhere (though the second path sounds appealing). Instead, we’ll forge ahead, read some blogs and cast some votes. And that is what you should do too. Do not dwell on the injustice heaped on our Grand Canyon State, or rend your garments in dismay. We shall be the better advocate for quality blogging by simply carrying on, focused outward, as always.

Oh, yes, the voting. You can go here to register and then cast your ballots.

No write-ins allowed (I already checked).

Happy reading.