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Monday, October 16, 2006

Limerick of the Week

I taught both Frigaliment and Peerless last week.  What a great week to be a contracts professor! 

Helen of Troy's face may have launched a thousand ships, but Peerless is the ship that launched a hundred Limericks.  Hmmm, perhaps a lesser boast.  In any event, this was my first Limerick, and since I was assisted in writing it by my wife, the poet Catherine Tufariello, I think it is one of my best.

Peerless_2 In Peerless, a contract for cotton
Was found by the court to be rotten.
To Liverpool sailed
Two ships that so hailed:
No consensus ad idem was gotten.

There are pedagogical principles underlying my Limericks for Lawyers project.  The Limericks are supposed to summarize facts and law in a way that helps students remember both the cases and the principles that they stand for.  But sometimes the cases themselves are so memorable, pedagogy takes a back seat to frivolity.

Chicken Of Judge Friendly's great chicken coup,
Shakespeare's witches could make much ado.
With defendants they'd howl,
"Fowl is fair, fair is fowl
(That is, chickens) fit only for stew."

[Jeremy Telman]

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