Welcome to New Year’s Eve 2018! As we wait with great anticipation to see what 2019 has in store for us, we’re taking a final look back over the past 12 months to gauge the very best legal blogging and podcasting Canada had to offer. It’s the 13th annual Canadian Law Blog Awards, the last (and therefore the best) awards of 2018.
The 2018 Clawbies mark an inflection point in the history of these awards. While we’ve always honoured the best legal blogging in Canada, we started last year to also recognize outstanding providers of Canadian legal podcasts. This year, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the number and quality of these podcasts, as well as in the support they receive in response to our Call for Nominations. It feels like a new era in personal online legal publishing is truly upon us.
Every year, the number and quality of Canadian legal blogs and podcasts increase, and lawblogs.ca now tracks an astonishing 500 blogs and podcasts about the law based here in Canada. This vibrant and dynamic community grows a little larger every year, and we’re honoured to have the opportunity to recognize some of its most exceptional practitioners.
Without further ado … the winners!!
Fodden Award for Best Canadian Legal Blog
Winner: The Docket by Michael Spratt and Emilie Taman. A finalist for last year’s Fodden Award, The Docket has the honour of being the first podcast to take home the big prize, thanks to the duo’s inimitable blend of whip-smart analysis, conviction and humour. Alongside an impressive roster of guests, the Docket team dissected the year’s many constitutional and criminal justice developments and the cases and issues that had everyone talking, and of course, treated us to more highly anticipated “aftershow” episodes for The Staircase. Top marks to these two bold hosts who aren’t afraid to mince words–or to share their bloopers!
Read the full awards announcement: Clawbies