Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The ABA Journal Chooses SBU Grad’s Blog as one of America’s Top Law Blogs

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / ssmith@sbuniv.edu

NEW YORK, NY– Editors of the American Bar Association’s magazine, The ABA Journal, recently announced that they have selected a blog written by Russell Jackson, a Southwest Baptist University graduate, as one of the 100 best law blogs by lawyers, for lawyers.  His blog – www.consumerclassactionsmasstorts.com – was one of only five selected in the tort law category.  This is the second year Jackson’s blog has been an ABA Journal “Blawg 100” honoree.

Jackson’s blog is now in competition for the top blog in its category.  Anyone may register for free and vote at http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100. Voting ends Dec. 30, 2011.

“Blogging has become an important, even vital, source of information, education, entertainment and inspiration in the legal community,” said Allen Pusey, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal.  “And choosing just 100 of the best from our directory of over 3,500 legal blogs is becoming an increasingly daunting task.”

“I am truly gratified by my readers’ strong support,” Jackson said.  “They nominated me for this honor, and hopefully their continued actions will help me win the honor of top blog in the torts category,” Jackson said.

While he was at SBU, Jackson was the Omnibus opinions editor and competed on the SBU debate team. 

He received his B.A. in communication and political science, graduating from SBU as valedictorian in 1987.  He received his law degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and has practiced in New York City for more than 20 years.  He is a partner at one of the world’s largest law firms:  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.  Jackson also taught products liability as an adjunct professor at two New York City law schools, and recently completed his term as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Products Liability Committee.

Besides just covering legal developments and new decisions, Jackson’s blog has a feature unique to legal blogs:  a photo diary in which he chronicles his travels and life in New York.  His office is in Times Square, directly across from where the ball drops on New Years’ Eve.

About the ABA Journal:
The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation’s 1.1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. ABAJournal.com features breaking legal news updated as it happens by staff reporters throughout every business day, a directory of more than 3,000 lawyer blogs, and the full contents of the magazine.

About the ABA:
With approximately 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

For more information contact Russell Jackson at 212.735.7839 or russell.jackson@skadden.com.

PHOTO: Russell Jackson

Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.

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