September 13, 2012
Courtroom Antics Illustrated by Way of Benchslapping Opinions
There's an app a book about that (and Jason Wilson will be happy that it is not an app).
Quoting from the blurb for Matthew Bowers' Benchslapped: Publicly Humiliating Judicial Opinions (CreateSpace, 2012):
Benchslapped is more than compilation of legal snippets. It contains substantial passages drawn from some of the most interesting and amusing benchslaps ever published, along with back-stories, commentary and analysis. These opinions address a broad range of malfeasance, including frivolous litigation, professional misconduct, discovery abuse, rules violations, poor work product and insulting the bench.
Also from the blurb: "It is an excellent legal primer for new and aspiring attorneys and is a fun and thoughtful read for established lawyers." OK, well it does sound like an entertaining read for lawyers and may provide some instructional fodder for legal writing profs. And also for professional responsibility profs until Jones-McClure covers legal ethics and professional responsibility in its legal ed comic book series. See for example Nathaniel Burney's The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law (2012).
Endnote. Jason, buddy, need a collaborator when it comes time to produce "The Illustrated Guide to Legal Research F-bombed"? [JH]
Glad to see Benchslapped is getting some press! The woman who sat in front of me many years ago during my 1L civil procedure class designed her entire outline as a comic book. Maybe I'll see if she's interested in collaborating on Benchslapped: The Comic.
Posted by: Matt B. | Nov 30, 2012 3:15:03 PM