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Penn Law wins second consecutive Webby Award, Internet’s highest honor

April 28, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the University of Pennsylvania Law School has won a People’s Voice Award for Best Law Website. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

The 18th Annual Webby Awards received more than 12,000 entries from over 60 countries; Penn Law was the only law school nominated in the Law category. The Webby People’s Voice Award is voted online by fans across the globe. SCOTUSblog, a news website that covers the U.S. Supreme Court, received a juried Webby Award in the Law Category.

“The website is a collaboration between Penn Law’s Communications Office and the Office of Information Technology Services, and we work constantly to improve the site while keeping it in the forefront of web design and functionality,” said Christine Droesser, director of web services at the Law School.

“We sought to create a website that reflects the dynamism of Penn Law’s interdisciplinary model for legal education and research, as well as its unique, collegial culture,” said Steven Barnes, associate dean for communications at the Law School. “And importantly, we wanted to build a site that allowed the community to contribute and share content easily.”

Penn Law’s site embeds a host of social networking functionality that enables Penn Law community members to share ideas and content with Penn and global audiences, and includes an informative homepage “Pipeline” which features “on-campus” and “in the world” call-outs that sort the latest Penn Law news, research, media, events, and other information. Also unique among law schools, the site also incorporate hashtags (e.g. #probono, #techlaw) to enhance search functionality throughout the site based on topic, audience, or group.