Justia’s Top 10 Lists for June 2011


Here is a rundown of June’s highest scoring lawyers on Justia Legal Answers, along with a look at which Onward blog and Facebook posts readers viewed the most.

Justia Legal Answers’ Top 10 Legal Answerers for June 2011

  1. Albert Pettigrew Jr, 1,300 points, 26 answers
  2. J. Richard Kulerski Esq., 830 points, 17 answers
  3. Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq., 550 oints, 11 answers
  4. Cedulie Renee Laumann, 550 points, 11 answers
  5. Robert James Reynolds, 530 points, 11 answers
  6. Nicholas Leydorf, 450 points, 9 answers
  7. Andrew Bresalier, 350 points, 7 answers
  8. Matthew Lee Spiegel, 330 points, 7 answers
  9. Cynthia Jean Nelson, 300 points, 7 answers
  10. Craig Orent, 300 points, 6 answers

Our Top 10 June Onward blog posts:

  1. Courtney Minick’s post about the Illinois Supreme Court choosing to adopt a vendor-neutral citation format was so important, that it received more views than any other post last month.
  2. David Kemp’s defense of the Bluebook sparked considerable interest, especially since the Seventh Circuit’s Judge Posner recently slammed it.  Even Justia Hug Pug Sheba (inset, right) decided to brush up on her Bluebook basics.
  3. David’s timely piece on a historic federal bankruptcy court ruling that held the Defense of Marriage Act (‘DOMA’) unconstitutional drew interest from many of our readers.
  4. Justia’s legal audience was captivated by our announcement that we are offering anyone — law degree or not — FREE daily court opinion summaries from the highest courts in all 50 states, all U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  5. Cicely Wilson looked at the effect of California’s voter-initiated Citizens Redistricting Commission to re-draw voting districts at the state and federal level.
  6. Ken Chan wondered how the FDA could try and assert copyright protection over the federal government’s new cigarette warnings. Could it really do that?
  7. I alerted readers to national Take Your Dog to Work Day®, a phrase trademarked by a pet sitters’ industry group. At Justia, however, every day is take your dog to work day, where the in-house dogs like Bear (inset) keep hounding us for more free law.
  8. We also shared details about an important copyright case after a federal judge held that Righthaven lacked standing sue. The decision could affect hundreds of related Righthaven copyright lawsuits in Nevada and Colorado.
  9. Who knew about the Uniform ELectronic Materials Act? Cicely did, and she shared what she knows with others.
  10. Courtney offered insights on metadata for our legal readers.

Our Top 10 June Facebook Posts:

  1. Justia columnist and Hofstra law professor Joanna Grossman examined New York’s same-sex marriage law recently passed by the State’s Legislature, and signed into law by Governor Cuomo.
  2. Our Facebook friends were curious about Gabriel Saldana’s post on the Mexican Senate’s rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
  3. Did two Wisconsin State Supreme Court judges really have a smackdown? Inquiring legal readers wanted to know.
  4. Why would West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine owner Massey Energy keep two different sets of safety records: one that actually detailed safety issues and one for federal regulators that did not?
  5. Pop star Lady Gaga (nee Stefani Germanotta), was sued for allegedly ‘taxing’ people who donated to her campaign for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief donations.
  6. One federal appeals court just held that the new federal healthcare law passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Obama, is constitutional. We noted that the ruling ‘splits’ federal courts on the issue, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will ultimately have to rule on the national health care law.
  7. Violence against animals is upsetting.  When it’s allegedly done by an animal hospital employee, it’s even more troubling. Many of our Facebook friends had unique sentencing suggestions after the defendant entered a ‘no contest’ plea in the case.
  8. Will Hawaii’s governor veto the state legislature’s unanimously passed bill to reform child sex abuse statutes of limitations for victims? Justia columnist and Cardozo law professor Marci Hamilton had readers debating the issue after reading her legal commentary.
  9. Arizona’s clemency board denied a death row inmate’s appeal for a reprieve to lessen or modify his sentence.
  10. HBO’s ‘Hot Coffee’ documentary had our friends revisiting — and rethinking — the widely reported personal injury case against McDonald’s.

Thanks again for visting; check back in July for a cool summer serving of Justia legal insight.