Saturday, December 31, 2005

careful wording

On the assumption that people who care about getting the words right on the page might also care about getting the words right in a song, here's a website with the words to Auld Lang Syne:  Several variations of the traditional words are known, and available on other sites, but this site offers the advantage of a modern English translation, so at least you'll know what you're crooning. (spl)

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Friday, December 30, 2005

practical website

Attorney Raymond Ward maintains a website on legal writing with a strong practical orientation, at  There you will find links to his blog entries about legal writing, too.  He gives good advice this week on sources of help for those who resolve to improve their legal writing in the coming new year. (spl)

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

opportunity abroad

One opportunity for U.S. professors to teach in other countries that may be particularly suitable for busy legal writing faculty is the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program.  Through this program, U.S. professors can visit at a university in another country for a two to six week time period (which could even be over the summer, especially in the southern hemisphere).  In most countries, the teaching expertise that U.S. legal writing professors have would be most welcome.  It's fair to say that the skills curriculum in legal education is not as developed in many other countries as it is in the United States.  The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program is described in detail at  (spl)

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

LSAC grants

Twice a year, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) awards grants for research on topics related to legal education.  The topics that have received grants in the past cover a broader range than you might at first imagine, and some legal writing professors might well be contemplating a project that could receive LSAC funding.  The next deadline for applications is February 1st.  Detailed information is available at

Remember, February 1st is also the deadline to apply for an ALWD summer research grant (see 11/16/05 in the archives for this blog).  The next couple of weeks could be a good time to prepare a grant application, before the flurry of the new semester. (spl)

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Monday, December 26, 2005

recommended reading

One of the funniest cases on record is Miles v. City Council of Augusta, 710 F.2d 1542 (11th Cir. 1983).  If you don't have access to a commercial legal database or the books of U.S. law reports, one place you can access the case online is  The case concerns a dispute about a talking black cat named Blackie.  It is just one entry in a book full of funny cases, Blackie the Talking Cat: And Other Favorite Judicial Opinions, now out of print, but still available via the usual sources and in law libraries.  It's a good choice if you're still looking for a gift for a colleague or a vacation read.  (spl)

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

holiday legalese

For holiday greetings in legalese, please click on  (spl)

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