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ABA Journal Names Berman’s Blog in “Blawg 100′ List

December 1, 2014 | Faculty

Professor Douglas A. Berman’s Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform blog has been named to the ABA Journal’s eighth annual “Blawg 100,” a listing of the 100 best blogs for a legal audience as determined by the publication.

On the Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform blog, Berman explores the issues that have arisen from the legalization of marijuana in a handful of U.S. states.

“With all due respect to the revered Sentencing Law and Policy blog, this year we wanted to showcase Ohio State law professor Douglas Berman’s latest,” the ABA Journal noted. “Now that marijuana is legal for recreational purposes in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, D.C, new legal issues are sprouting up. Berman points readers to news coverage and podcasts discussing the mainstreaming of marijuana and its legal ramifications.”

Berman joined the Ohio State faculty in 1997. His principal teaching and research focus is in the area of criminal law and criminal sentencing, though he also has teaching and practice experience in the fields of legislation and intellectual property.

He attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School (where he was an editor and developments office chair of the Harvard Law Review). After graduation from law school in 1993, Professor Berman served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After clerking, Berman was a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison in New York City.

During the 1999-2000 school year, Berman received The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is given to only 10 people each year from an eligible pool of nearly 3,000 faculty members. He was one of the youngest faculty members to ever receive this award, and he was subsequently asked to chair the university committee that selected recipients in the 2002-03 school year.

Berman is also known as the author of the widely-read and widely-cited blog, Sentencing Law and Policy. The blog receives nearly 100,000 page views per month (and had over 20,000 hits the day of the Supreme Court’s major sentencing decision in United States v. Booker).

The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation’s one million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

“I am pleased and intrigued to see that the ABA Journal‘s annual ‘Blawg 100’ [has] given some love to this blog,” Berman wrote in a recent post. “I am especially hopeful that the ABA Journal’s recognition serves as yet another marker of the importance and legitimacy of serious discussion of the many law and policy issues surrounding modern marijuana reform movements.”