May 27, 2006
Chicago Manual of Style
The Chicago Manual of Style not only has a website, but a forum where one can submit questions and get answers!! Yow!! What could be more fun than that?
General Order No. 11
Several U.S. towns claim to have held the first Memorial Day ceremony or to have been the crucible for the idea of the national Memorial Day. Perhaps the most legit claim for the origins of Memorial Day in the U.S., because it is written authority, is General Order No. 11, issued by General John A. Logan after the Civil War. General Logan hailed from Southern Illinois, and his Order is read every year at the Memorial Day ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetary in Carbdonale, Illinois, one of the claimants to the first such ceremony.
A brief should not consist of "an indiscriminate hotchpot discussion and dissertation upon law, mythology, Shakespeare, and the Bible." Duncan v. Times-Mirror Co., 52 P. 651 (Cal. 1898).
May 26, 2006
more to do in Atlanta
Staying right downtown? Here are some things to do!!
call for papers
If you are working on an article this summer and have been teaching no more than 5 years, consider submitting your work to the AALS Call for Scholarly Papers. Your article has to be unpublished, and manuscripts are due by August 18th. AALS assembles a group of experienced professors to read each entry and awards a first place and a few honorable mentions. The first place winner will be invited to speak at the AALS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the first week of January 2007. It would be nice to have a legal writing professor receive that honor.
May 25, 2006
what to do in Atlanta
You may have heard about the controversial museum exhibit called "Bodies: The Exhibit." Well, it's in Atlanta at The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center from March 4 to September 4. For more information and tickets, go to http://www.clicknprinttickets.com/atlantabodies.htm.
If you'd like to learn more about the exhibit, you can visit the official website.
empirical legal studies
An announcement and call for papers has gone out for the First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies. Cornell Law School and the University of Texas School of Law are jointly organizing this conference, to be held October 27-28 in Austin, TX. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30th, out-of-town paper presenters will receive $800 for travel expenses, and there is no charge for attending the conference. Sounds like a good deal for anyone with a relevant article in the works.
May 24, 2006
This nice little article explains the serial comma. Click on "The Case of the Serial Comma" under the Articles listing on the right-hand side.
Many legal writing professors are familiar with the excellent diagnostic tests (to gauge weaknesses in new law students' writing skills) in the comprehensive textbook by Oats & Enquist, The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing (4th ed., Aspen 2006). Other sources for basic writing diagnostic tests and training include:
Diana Hacker's exercises, under "Additional Resources," at http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/bedhandbook/default.asp
Marc Grinker's exercises at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/lrw/grinker/LWTA.htm
hat tip: Prof. Tracy McGaugh, South Texas College of Law
May 23, 2006
Ever wonder how to capture that idealism that most new students start law school with? Well, two legal writing professors suggest a way. Michael Milleman and Steve Schwinn, both at the University of Maryland School of Law (pictured here left to right), argue that giving 1L's real legal work, for a real client, is a great way to teach the basics of legal research and writing, retain student idealism about being lawyers, and provide legal services for those who might not otherwise have representation. You can access the article, Teaching Legal Research and Writing with Actual Legal Work: Extending Clinical Education into the First Year, on SSRN. (Scroll down there past the abstract for the links to the full text.) (spl)
"Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. "
- Orson Scott Card
May 22, 2006
cartoon about typos
A nationally syndicated cartoon with humor about usage and grammar!! See today's Luann comic strip.
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
--Douglas Adams (1952-2001), English humorist and science fiction novelist
proofreading in practice
For an interesting perspective on the importance of proofreading, from a small firm practitioner, see:
(Be prepared to wince at the comments about the author's own law school legal writing experience. I couldn't help thinking, at least he had a legal writing course in law school, whatever its shortcomings may have been. Many older lawyers in practice today never even had a legal writing course.)
job opening in Ohio
The University of Cincinnati College of Law has announced an opening for a full-time Legal Research and Writing Professor, to start in August 2006. The school will begin reviewing resumes immediately and keep the search open until the position is filled.
Resumes should be sent to:
Human Resources Employment Services
51 Goodman Drive
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210117
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0117
1) The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
2) The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3) The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $40,000 to $49,999.
4) The number of sutdents enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 41-45.