May 4, 2012 – A blog written and maintained by University of Houston Law Center students working in the Center for Children, Law & Policy ranks in the top 3.0 percent of the blogosphere, according to Technorati , a tracking website.
The center’s Irene Merker Rosenberg Scholars posted 41 entries to The Children and The Law blog during the past academic year. “Our students write very interesting stories about anything and everything that affects children in our society,” said Ellen Marrus, director of the center and George Butler Research Professor of Law. “There have been posts about the juvenile justice system and child welfare, but also posts about such topics as appropriate and inappropriate Halloween costumes for children, successful school programs, alternative educational ideas and sports.”
The site also serves as a clearinghouse for a broad range of child-related news and information from other sources. “The site is aimed at anyone interested in children’s issues, but particularly lawyers, policy makers, and educators,” Marrus said. “It is definitely an ongoing project and we are always looking for ways to improve it and expand readership. One thing I would like to do is have different experts write guest posts.”
Marrus said she has two major goals for the blog site: “First, to be a sounding board and a discussion area for child advocates for the complex legal issues that arise continuously when working with children. Although many people think that representing children is easy – “sandbox law” – it is one of the most difficult areas in which to practice.
“Advocates for children need to know more about so many different areas. The blog is just one more way of reaching people who are interacting with children facing legal issues – whether that’s in court, school or home – and helping them have the information they need to help the child,” she said.
“The second goal is to make more people aware of the many issues children face in today’s society and the way these factors interconnect. It is very rare that a child has a problem in just one area of his or her life.”
The site drew 12,658 page views from 3,053 unique visitors through mid-April of this past school year. Readership is not the sole criterion used by Technorati to rate blogs. It also measures a blog’s standing and influence on other sites based on the number of citations, how well the site covers the subject, and other factors.