Justia’s Top 10 Lists for August 2011

Here is a rundown of August’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 August 2011

  1. Francis M. Boyer, 2,311 points, 48 answers
  2. Mark A. Siesel, 801 points, 16 answers
  3. Terrence Rubino, 775 oints, 24 answers
  4. Milan Marinkovich, 600 points, 12 answers
  5. Robert Neal Katz, 551 points, 11 answers
  6. Andrew Bresalier, 400 points, 8 answers
  7. Dheeraj K. Singhal, 330 points, 14 answers
  8. Andrew John Hawes, 310 points, 7 answers
  9. Cynthia Jean Nelson, 250 points, 5 answers
  10. Donald Joseph Quinn, 250 points, 5 answers


Our Top 10 August Onward blog posts:Hurricane Irene

  1. Just before Hurricane Irene hit the Eastern shores, Cicely Wilson put together a helpful legal guide on federal and state disaster, hurricane, and insurance resources.
  2. The legal community is keeping a close watch on the class-action lawsuit against online do-it-yourself legal forms provider LegalZoom, and Courtney Minick shared background on the case.
  3. Justia’s resident Harry Potter expert Nick Moline talked about wizarding law with our readers. Have you seen the latest Harry Potter movie?
  4. Cicely shared important California legal news about a new state law banning jurors from using social media to discuss cases for which they have been chosen.
  5. Federal budget cuts will affect important public access to legal information via the U.S. Government Printing Office (‘GPO’), and Courtney shared her insights.
  6. In an interesting twist, Justia’s Top 10 List for July 2011 made this month’s list too.
  7. Many media pundits and government officials are blaming Twitter and Facebook usage for criminal behavior, and yours truly explained why this is wrong.
  8. What do the start of another California school year and the threat of nuclear war have in common? Ken Chan keeps us up-to-date.
  9. Ken also shared insight on how raising the country’s debt ceiling may affect future taxpayers.
  10. California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law greater privacy protections for the state’s library patrons, and Cicely alerted readers to this important news.

Our Top 10 August Facebook Posts:

  1. A historic decision by the American government to give lower priority to deporting immigrants who also have family in the U.S. has resulted in a welcome respite for many gay and lesbian married couples.
  2. Many readers appeared to believe that the tragedy of a python snake strangling a child to death was compounded by the fact that the reptile belonged to the girl’s mother and her boyfriend.  A Florida court sentenced the couple to 12 years in jail following their convictions for third-degree murder, manslaughter, and child neglect.
  3. Intrigued, many Justia friends read and talked about the high-tech surveillance that Libya’s intelligence agencies used to read e-mails and IMs, record VoIP calls like Skype, and eavesdrop on mobile phone and landline conversations conducted by people in and out of the country. If Libya used such technologies, they are probably being used much more in the West.
  4. When satirical web site Lamebook and Facebook settled their trademark infringement litigation, our friends wanted to know the details.
  5. A legal burger battle over trademarks prompted some our friends to think about alternative names for the In-N-Out and Grab-N-Go fast food joints.
  6. State attempts to create and use their own immigration laws continue to fascinate our friends, regardless of where they stand in the debate.  Many read about an Alabama judge’s decision to take time to weigh the arguments over the state’s law.
  7. Hurricane Irene had people wondering about their insurance coverage, or lack thereof.
  8. What does the trademarked phrase ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ have to do with steamy romance novels and the state’s highways?  More than you might think!
  9. The second Chicago trademark fuss over frankfurters in one month had us getting hungry.
  10. We didn’t agree with Glenn Beck when he said that Hurricane Irene was a ‘blessing,’ from God, but we did note that “the First Amendment permits people to espouse callous and inane beliefs, however foolish they may be.”

Thanks again for visting; check back in September for a dose of back-to-school legal insight from Justia.