October is in full swing and we’ve already seen a lot of high quality posts from the LexBlog community. Alec and Michelle from our publishing team have picked a handful of their favorites and, as always, break down what makes them so great. This week, we’re featuring posts that highlight an Ontario minimum wage increase, demonstrate the value of interview posts, and take a look at pro bono week.

Michelle’s choices

What you need to know about donating art to charity

We always say that niche blogging is the key to success and niche articles can fall into the same category. Renee kroesch authors of this specific article on donating art to charity, in particular on how tax deductions work in these scenarios. She organizes this post well, separating it into sections based on justification requirements, percentage limitations, and other rules that may potentially apply. Blog posts like this that are relevant to specific occasions are a must, as clear information on the topic is less likely to exist. When you consistently cover general and broad topics, your posts can get lost in the dozens of others that already exist. Available from Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas PC The CPA office.

How do you give back? Opportunities to celebrate Pro Bono Week 2021!

Volunteer work is one of the most altruistic and important parts of the legal world. Before Pro Bono Week 2021 (October 24-20), Laura Bagby highlighted some opportunities specific to Illinois. She organizes her post by day and the most relevant events happening. It’s a extremely Useful article, as Bagby provides links to registration when available, times certain events are held, and encourages others to share any events she may have missed. Not all legal messages need to be focused on updates or legal issues – this is a great example of a message that will prove beneficial to the target audience. Available at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism 2 Civility Blog.

Even as the pandemic subsides, remote deposits remain the new normal

It’s interesting to reflect on the past 18-20 months and see how different industries have changed over that time. For the legal sector in particular, as Peter Sluka points out, remote repositories have cemented their status as the new standard. This article is full of great ideas and Sluka does a good job of creating hyperlinks to all of the information mentioned. It uses quotes and bullets when necessary to break up the message and make it more pleasing to the eye. A really interesting and well organized blog post. Available at Farrell Fritz New York Commercial Division Practice.

Alec’s choices

Minimum wage increase in Ontario

Emily siu did a great job of carving out a niche for itself. She covers employment and business developments in Ontario, Canada, and in her latest article, she provides an overview of the recent minimum wage increase in the province. Siu anticipates the types of questions employers will ask, sets them out and answers them in clear terms. She also provides links to useful resources both outside and within her company. As always, Siu does a great job of keeping his post concise and informative. If you are an employer in Ontario, you should read their posts. Available at Spring Law Employment and Human Rights Law in Canada.

Courts rule AI inventor can rust in peace

Could artificial intelligence legally be considered an inventor? According to a US district court, the answer is “no”. Alaina Lakawicz takes a look at this fascinating subject – which sounds like borderline science fiction – and explains how this ruling fits into the larger legal landscape. Lakawicz provides the necessary context alongside his breakdown of the decision. She also specifies that this decision is not the end of this legal debate on the inventor of AI. If Lakawicz writes more on this topic, she is a voice you can trust. Available at Baker & Hostetler LLP IP intelligence.

Making Peace in Mediation – A Conversation with Daniel Spector

Interview messages are something we have here at LexBlog recommend all legal bloggers give it a go at some point. Writing one is relatively straightforward since the majority of the article will be made up of your interviewee’s words. They also provide a great opportunity to network with members of your business or even with those outside. Jeffrey Galvin gives us a prime example of the simplicity of one of these messages when interviewing his colleague at the California Lawyers Association, Daniel Specter. Galvin writes a simple introductory paragraph introducing Spector and then allows Spector to share his thoughts on a variety of topics related to his work in mediating trust and estate disputes. He asks specific and interesting questions that allow Spector to demonstrate his own expertise and create an engaging message. Available at Downey Brand LLP Confidence in the test.