[JURIST] JURIST [academic website], the non-commercial legal news and research service powered by law students led by Professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law [academic website], is running neck and neck with US legal television network Court TV [corporate website] in the final days of voting for the annual Webby Awards "People's Voice" award for best Law website of 2006. With voting set to close Friday, May 5, JURIST and Court TV were both polling 28 percent late Sunday afternoon, followed by FindLaw [corporate website], owned by legal publishing giant Thomson Corporation, at 25 percent. New York Times-NPR collaboration Justice Learning and legal self-help site Nolo were far back with 10 percent and 7 percent voter support respectively.
JURIST has been riding a wave of support from law students and law professors across the United States, joined by leading lawyers and members of the general public worldwide. Voting has been going on since the 2006 Webby nominations were announced [JURIST report] in New York April 11. Last year over 200,000 People's Voice votes were cast.
Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website], the "Webbies" are the leading international awards honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. The Webby People's Voice awards run in parallel with a judges' competition; the results of both will be announced in New York on May 9.
To show your support for JURIST and documented legal news coverage with a global perspective, click here for the People's Voice website, then register and vote in the Law category. And please encourage your friends and colleagues to vote!
The People's Voice website also lets voters write and leave website reviews for the information of other voters.