May it Please the Court, a phrase frequently uttered by supplicant barristers, is the title of the wonderful weblog of legal news and observations by trial lawyer J. Craig Williams.
The new design for this blawg has a traditionally inspired legal motif including a curmudgeonly judge in a powdered wig, who will speak to you if you disturb him with a click of your mouse. The solicitor's quill that dips into the inkwell and magically writes "May it Please the Court" on the blog masthead is a stroke of genius. This imaginative law blog will probably be among the nominees for Best Blawg Design at the annual Blawg Review Awards hosted here on the last Monday of the year.
Now that the engaging web design has established the atmosphere, settle down for a good read of extraordinary legal insight and analysis served up regularly by one of the leading lawyers in the blawgosphere. J. Craig Williams' law practice focuses in the areas of complex business litigation with emphasis on environmental, real estate, land-use and computer matters and their respective insurance coverage and related tort issues. May it Please the Court, his exercise in personal legal journalism, provides a forum for informal dialogue with his readership on a wide range of legal topics of interest beyond his practice specialties.
While the graphic design of his blawg pays homage to legal traditions, the technical applications deployed by Williams are state of the art. Beyond RSS Feeds and site search, which are de rigueur, this amazing blog is available in nine languages and regularly features audio podcasts of broadcast journalism quality. Drawing on his pre-law "Communications Arts" major, Craig Williams raises the bar with his new Internet Radio Show Coast to Coast, which he co-hosts on the Legal Talk Network with another law-journo expert, Robert Ambrogi.
For those who've read this preview right to the end, your editor offers these bonus links for your entertainment:
May it please the court via The Atlantic
May it please the court via Bloom Blog
And be sure to check out Blawg Review #28, by J. Craig Williams.