It’s Game Time! 2017 Clawbies Nominations Are Now Open

Oh, we know your pain. You survived it all… American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday!

Now, go dig into the back of your closet and take the jersey off the golden hanger. Look at it. It’s red; it’s white; and there’s a big maple leaf on the front. Grab your stick, tape up your socks and pull your skates on. Because it’s December 1st, and you know what that means: It’s Clawbies nomination season!

For the past eleven years, December 1st has marked the start of a celebration period for Canadian legal bloggers and digital natives. The Clawbies are a time for highlighting the wide-reaching excellence in law-related commentary (a.k.a. blogging, podcasts, vlogs). Each December, we recognize the interesting, innovative, and informative sites that make up the Canadian legal blogosphere’s best and brightest.

Unlike traditional awards, however, the Clawbies are designed to create awareness. Bloggers and tweeters are encouraged to nominate the work of others; and it’s these blog posts and peer endorsements via social media that are key to the Clawbies’ success! (Not to mention, a big part of our judging process.)

The 2017 edition of the Clawbies will follow the same format as prior years, with two acceptable ways to nominate a Canadian law blog:

Here’s where we get serious: Know the rules!

Rule No 1: Do not nominate your own blog for a Clawbie. Yes, we say this every year; and every year, someone messes it up. We mean it. Self-promotion of one’s own blog for a nomination shall be open to the endlessly ruthless snark of the Internet.

Rule No 2: Nominating a blog must happen in one of these two ways:

(a) Write a post on your own blog, nominating up to three other Canadian law blogs you currently read, with a brief explanation of why you think those blogs were award-worthy in 2017.

(Here’s the unwritten rule, which I’m now going to write out, defying all logic…. Participate in this manner, acting like a humble Canadian, and yes, your blog too shall be on our radar and considered for an award.)

(b) Tweet your nomination on Twitter using the hashtag #clawbies2017

Not sure where to start? We suggest you head to, our comprehensive and pleasantly designed directory of Canadian law blogs. Choose your favourite categories and start reviewing!

We say this every year, but it’s a fact: Not only do we appreciate your help and participation, but seeing the nominations and watching the peer recognition is truly what the Clawbies are all about.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December 27, and we will announce the winners of the 2017 Clawbies on New Year’s Eve. Get busy nominating!

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