What goes around comes around, as they say. In 2010, I started compiling a year-end list of my most-popular blog posts. That year, my most popular post was a first look at the newest version of Westlaw, WestlawNext. Fast forward to 2018, and my most popular post this year was a first look at the newest version of Westlaw, Westlaw Edge.

In fact, news about Westlaw’s parent company, Thomson Reuters, occupied three of the top spots this year among my most popular posts. The other two were not about TR products, but about TR’s restructurings, both with layoffs and management changes.

Also popular this year were posts about Utah’s licensing of paralegals to practice law, the shutdown of Avvo Legal Services, and the launch of Text A Lawyer. Interestingly, a post I published just two days ago, The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018, made the list, and if I waited a day or two to publish this, it would no doubt be even higher.

As I’ve done every year since 2010 (2017, 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010), I hereby offer my most popular posts of 2018. Note that I have two lists. First I list the 15 most popular posts of 2018, listing only posts first published during 2018. After that, I list the most popular posts of the year, without regard to the year the post was originally published. In both cases, the rankings are based only on 2018 traffic, not all-time traffic.

Neither ranking includes two static pages that are consistently in the top 10, my list of legal tech startups and my tally of the states that have adopted the duty of technology competence.

Top 10 Posts of 2018 — First Published in 2018

  1. Move Over Westlaw – Meet the Next-Generation Westlaw Edge, With Advanced AI and Analytics (July 12, 2018).
  2. As Thomson Reuters Readies Layoffs of 3,200, What’s It Mean for Customers? (Dec. 10, 2018).
  3. Utah Nears Licensing of Paralegals to Practice Law in Limited Circumstances (Aug. 6, 2018).
  4. Avvo Legal Services To Be Shut Down (July 9, 2018).
  5. Launching Soon: ‘Text A Lawyer’ Aims To Be The Uber Of Legal Help (June 20, 2018).
  6. ROSS Unveils EVA, A Free AI Tool To Analyze Briefs, Check Cites and Find Similar Cases (Jan. 29, 2018).
  7. Annual Am Law 100 Published Today Shows Boom Year for Biglaw (April 24, 2018).
  8. Thomson Reuters Legal Gets New Leaders, Organizational Restructuring (June 4, 2018).
  9. The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018 (Dec. 26, 2018).
  10. Putting Justice Gorsuch to the Test of Three Legal Editing Programs (May 9, 2018).
  11. LexisNexis Launches Lexis Analytics, Putting A ‘Stake in the Ground’ to Claim the Legal Analytics Space (July 13, 2018).
  12. Breaking: Mozarsky Out As Bloomberg Law President; Breda Replaces Him (July 10, 2018).
  13. Casetext Just Made Legal Research A Whole Lot Smarter (May 1, 2018).
  14. Lexis Advance Will Now Fully Integrate Ravel Visualizations In Search Results (June 28, 2018).
  15. Why I’m Signing Off the Podcast I’ve Done for 13 Years (Aug. 30, 2018).

Top 10 Posts of 2018 — First Published in Any Year

  1. What Do You Pay for Westlaw or LexisNexis? (July 13, 2011).
  2. Move Over Westlaw – Meet the Next-Generation Westlaw Edge, With Advanced AI and Analytics (July 12, 2018).
  3. How to Find if an Attorney Has Been Disciplined (July 7, 2010).
  4. The 10 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2016 (Dec. 20, 2016).
  5. As Thomson Reuters Readies Layoffs of 3,200, What’s It Mean for Customers? (Dec. 10, 2018).
  6. Utah Nears Licensing of Paralegals to Practice Law in Limited Circumstances (Aug. 6, 2018).
  7. Avvo Legal Services To Be Shut Down (July 9, 2018).
  8. Launching Soon: ‘Text A Lawyer’ Aims To Be The Uber Of Legal Help (June 20, 2018).
  9. ROSS Unveils EVA, A Free AI Tool To Analyze Briefs, Check Cites and Find Similar Cases (Jan. 29, 2018).
  10. Annual Am Law 100 Published Today Shows Boom Year for Biglaw (April 24, 2018).
  11. Thomson Reuters Legal Gets New Leaders, Organizational Restructuring (June 4, 2018).
  12. The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018 (Dec. 26, 2018).
  13. Putting Justice Gorsuch to the Test of Three Legal Editing Programs (May 9, 2018).
  14. LexisNexis Launches Lexis Analytics, Putting A ‘Stake in the Ground’ to Claim the Legal Analytics Space (July 13, 2018).
  15. Breaking: Mozarsky Out As Bloomberg Law President; Breda Replaces Him (July 10, 2018).

 

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division. At LexBlog, he oversees LexBlog.com, the global legal news and commentary network.