July 7, 2006
on the move
Professor Ursula Weigold is making a move from St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota to Cornell Law School, where she'll be teaching in the Lawyering Program. Ursula will be bringing Cornell her many insightful years of experience teaching legal writing. She's passed the baton for directing the writing program at St. Thomas to her able colleague Mitchell Gordon.
of mouse potatoes and googling
Merriam-Webster has just announced new words to be included in the latest edition of its dictionary. Have a unibrow or soul patch? Want to Google for stores in order to purchase some bling? They're all there and more!! Real words--they're in the dictionary.
July 6, 2006
simplified spelling, enywun?
Proponents of a system of simplified spelling claim that it would decrease illiteracy rates and help children learn to read more quickly. It would also render spelling bees--simplified spelling proponents picket the national finals every year--obsolete, as "meny utherz cuud do just as wel if speling were simpler."
See the full article at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/orl-a2story0606jul06,0,3079200.story .
July 5, 2006
Hamlet and metaphor
If your appetite for materials about Hamlet and/or metaphor was only whetted by the Legal Writing Institute conference in Atlanta last month, then you will be nourished by this fabulous article by Steven M. Oxenhandler: The Lady Doth Protest Too Much Methinks: The Use of Figurative Language from Shakespeare's Hamlet in American Case Law, 23 Hamline L. Rev. 370 (2000).
-- Dr. Natalie Tarenko, Writing Specialist, Texas Tech School of Law
"How Business Lawyers Should Write"
Want some tips on how business lawyers should write? Check out the written materials from a 2004 ABA Annual Meeting Business Law Section presentation on that very topic.
new on-line legal writing journal
The Social Science Research Network is pleased to announce the addition of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law Legal Writing Journal, which is sponsored by Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. The Salmon P. Chase College of Law Legal Writing Journal is edited by Jennifer Jolly-Ryan, Professor of Legal Writing, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and Lawrence D. Rosenthal, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
The Legal Writing Journal provides a forum for posting both completed works and works in progress that relate to all issues in the legal writing field. The journal seeks articles that cover topics such as 1) effective ways to teach legal writing; (2) the status of individuals who teach legal writing; (3) effective legal writing techniques; and (4) any other issues regarding legal writing. The journal also accepts papers that address the area of legal research.
The URL below will let you browse all abstracts and papers in this journal.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE
Subscriptions to this journal are free. You can subscribe to the journal by clicking on the following link:
Authors may upload papers without charge through SSRN http://hq.ssrn.com/.
All author-uploaded papers are available for world-wide free downloading. Downloads from SSRN are running at an annual rate of over 2.6 million, with approximately 11.4 million downloads since inception.
- Lawrence D. Rosenthal
Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Northern Kentucky University
July 3, 2006
Apparently ever since July 4, 1776, Americans have been celebrating the Declaration of Independence with cookouts, parades, and fireworks (or so I heard on the radio). Something else that they did 230 years ago was read the actual document. So somewhere between the sales, the watermelon, and the rockets' red glare, consider reading the actual words of the Declaration of Independence as you celebrate tomorrow. It is, after all, about as famous and important as legal writing gets. (You can double click on the image to the left for a larger view.)
July 2, 2006
even more recommended reading
A new, reader-friendly book for both law students and practitioners is Judith Fischer's Pleasing the Court, Writing Ethical and Effective Briefs (Carolina Academic Press 2005). This book combines sound advice on how to write professional level briefs that will assist the court and not annoy it. The book includes references to cases in which lawyers did not follow this sound advice. And it includes tips on how to achieve the desired results and references to further published assistance.