Justia’s Top 10 Lists for July 2011


Here is a rundown of July’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 July 2011

  1. Mark A. Siesel, 11,600 points, 232 answers
  2. Burton A. Padove, 10,195 points, 215 answers
  3. Terrence Rubino, 2,805 oints, 72 answers
  4. Robert Neal Katz, 1,545 points, 33 answers
  5. David Philip Shapiro, 1,020 points,22 answers
  6. Cedulie Renee Laumann, 850 points, 17 answers
  7. Andrew Bresalier, 650 points, 13 answers
  8. Stephen J. Plog, 552 points, 11 answers
  9. Gojko Kasich, 510 points, 13 answers
  10. Christopher Gilreath, 500 points, 10 answers

Our Top 10 July Onward blog posts:
Medical Marijuana

  1. Courtney Minick’s post about U.S. Department of Justice memos suggesting that the agency intends to prosecute medical marijuana growers in states where medicinal cannabis is permitted was our most-read blog post last month.
  2. Ken Chan sparked considerable interest in issues raised by ex-offenders who want their names expunged (i.e., removed) from the public record under the proposed Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2011.
  3. When Amazon opted to “click its associates down the river” over California’s online tax battle, Ken offered some keen observations.
  4. David Kemp analyzed the Sixth Circuit’s decision striking down a Michigan voter-initiated amendment to the state’s constitution that prohibited state public colleges and universities from granting preferential treatment “to  any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.”
  5. Justia launched Verdict, our online legal commentary, in July. Cicely Wilson shared breaking news of Verdict with our readers.
  6. People and pups were noted in our July 4th post wishing everyone a “Happy (Free Law) Independence Day.”
  7. It’s hard for Justians visting Wisconsin not to think about cheese and ‘cheese heads.’ Nick Moline reminded us of that in his blog post about CALIcon11, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction‘s annual conference in Milwaukee this year.
  8. David Kemp added levity to the confirmation bias conundrum.  With our ability to now get information from a wide variety of technologies at lightening speed, are we truly able to make informed  decisions about the information that we receive?
  9. California voters may have a chance to cast their vote on whether to abolish the state’s death penalty.  Courtney Minick shared news about the state legislature’s bill.
  10. Shortly after his blog post about Amazon’s decision to terminate relationships with its California link revenue associates, Ken Chan offered up his legal analysis on Amazon’s new attempt to evade California ‘use taxes,’ the effect it may have on consumers, and whether Amazon should get any preferential treatment at all.

Our Top 10 July Facebook Posts:

  1. It’s summer, a time when many people head to the beach. Perhaps that’s why our most visited Facebook post in July involved a legal controversy at a California beach next to Camp Pendleton that nudists like to frequent.
  2. A hospital bill of $9.2 million for five years of care had many Justia friends talking about health costs.
  3. Do you like animals? Fascinated by lawsuits? Our friends’ interest in both had them reading about virtual animal litigation.
  4. Justia legal columnist and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law professor Marci Hamilton urged the Catholic Church to take responsibility — and foster an ethic of accountability — regarding clergy child-sex-abuse cases.
  5. The FDA’s interest in regulating medical apps was closely watched by our friends.
  6. David Kemp wrote a thought-provoking observations about confirmation bias.  If you don’t read his complete article, you probably just don’t get it.
  7. Star Wars creator George Lucas lost a copyright battle against a U.K. storm trooper helmet designer.  It’s a Force thing.
  8. Spotify received a grand American legal welcome after it launched its music streaming service in the United States: it promptly got hit with a patent infringement lawsuit.
  9. Many readers were intrigued by a Michigan judge’s sentencing tendencies for DUI defendants: she routinely jails them for relatively low BAC test results.
  10. When a rape victim refused to drop the criminal charges she filed against her ex-boyfriend in New York City, he allegedly tried to frame her for crimes that she never committed.

Thanks again for visting; check back in August for more summer legal insight at Justia.