Justia’s Most Popular Onward Posts of 2011


It’s that special time of year, Justia friends, when we look back and share with you the most popular Onward blog posts of 2011.

Here they are:

  1. Super Bowl Football Pools: Are They Legal?
    Who isn’t interested in football, gambling, and the law?  O.K., probably a few folks out there.   Elizabeth Roig’s post topped the list.
  2. Hurricane Irene – Resources & Links 
    Before America’s East Coast was about to be hit by Hurricane Irene, Justia’s Cicely Wilson put together a useful list of related resources for users.
  3. LegalZoom Faces Unauthorized Practice of Law Class Action
    Our colleague Courtney Minick shared the low-down on a class action against do-it-yourself legal forms company LegalZoom in Missouri federal court, alleging that the California start-up was engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
  4. Illinois Adopts Public Domain Citations
    We’d like to think that many of our friends were just as pleased as we were when Illinois chose to adopt a vendor-neutral citation system.
  5. Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2011
    Ken Chan shed some light on a bill introduced by Rep. Charles Rangel (Dem. – NY) that would allow certain people convicted of nonviolent sentences to petition for an expungement of their criminal records.
  6. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Has Not Been Repealed
    An Onward blog post last February took a look at an interesting conundrum: at the end of 2010, President Obama repealed the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy,” but in reality, the law was still in place for months later.
  7. Little Sheba the Happy Birthday Hug Pug
    It looks like Justia’s Onward friends love dogs as much as we do. That would explain why so many people helped celebrate Little Sheba the Hug Pug’s 7th birthday last year.
  8. LexisTexas: Privatizing Access to Public Courts
    Courtney Minick examined a Texas civil rights lawsuit alleging discrimination against users who didn’t want, or couldn’t afford, to use the LexisNexis File & Serve e-filing product in order to file a lawsuit, claiming that it amounted to a poll tax on litigation and denied them due process as well as equal protection under the law.
  9. The Bluebook Online
    Every law student and lawyer knows about the Bluebook, but early last year, Justia let folks know that it was accessible online.
  10. Law Dogs – Sit, Stay, Fetch a Statute. . .
    Stressed out law students could “check out” Monty, a therapy dog, from the Yale University Law Library. Maybe they’d end up being dog lawyers with canine clients in their chosen professions.