Saturday, November 25, 2006

AALS Section deadlines

According to Professor Suzanne Rowe, Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning, there's less than week left:

"November 30 -- Deadline for nominations for Section Chair-Elect and Section Secretary.
The Chair-Elect assists in Section functions and often serves on several of the Section's committees.  The Chair-Elect automatically becomes the Chair of the Section the following year.  The Secretary prepares the Section's newsletter, which is published twice annually.  Send nominations to Susan Kosse, Chair-Elect, at

"November 30 -- Deadline for proposals for the 2008 program. 
The Section will sponsor a program at the AALS annual meeting in January 2008.  Samples of past program proposals are posted on the Section's website at  Contact the current program chair, Phil Meyer at, for additional information."


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Friday, November 24, 2006

"reported" versus "published"

For the official, 300-page report from the Federal Judicial Center, on the various classifications of  status for U.S. federal judicial decisions, see: 
hat tip:  Professor Joe Kimble

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why lawyers tell stories

For another helpful take on the power of story telling for lawyers, see what Professor Peter Friedman says at:


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student responsibility for learning

Need to motivate your students to take more responsbility for their own learning?  Perhaps they'll take to heart the message more when it's delivered by the Car Talk guys from NPR:

hat tip:  Professor John Mollenkamp


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international legal citations

The N.Y.U. Journal of International Law and Politics has announced the publication of the 1st edition of its Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citation (GFILC):

"This guide is the result of many years of work for many staff members of JILP. We wish to thank all who have been involved in the project, and to thank the N.Y.U. School of Law for its very generous and longstanding support for this project.

"We would also like to invite you to be involved in the continuing development of the GFILC. Since this is only a 1st edition, we anticipate that we will have the chance to make many changes for the next edition, and we earnestly solicit your help in finding out the changes we should make. Please e-mail, and let us know: (1) The page number of the change, (2) The change to be made, (3) If relevant to your comment, your background (e.g., nationality/institutional affiliation/area of legal experience).

"The GFILC is available for free download here. (Please note that the file is very large, 1.61 megabytes). The GFILC is also available in spiral-bound, paperback form.  To order the GFILC in paperback, please send $20, through check or international money order, in U.S. dollars and redeemable through a U.S. bank, made payable to "Journal of International Law and Politics," to:

"Circulation Department
Journal of International Law and Politics
110 West Third Street
New York NY 10012"

hat tip:  Professor Scott Fruehwald


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more punctuation fun

For even more puncutation fun, check out:

hat tip:  Professor Dan Real


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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

punctuation fun

As legal writers in the U.S. slide into a vacation state of mind today, it seems appropriate to enjoy some punctuation fun.  You can see photos of "quotation mark abuse" at  Or see examples of the grocer's apostrophe at at

hat tip:  Professor Diane Murley, Southern Illinois University School of Law


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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Rocky Mountain legal writing conference

Professor Terry Pollman at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has announced the following:

Home_building "UNLV is happy to host the Seventh Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference this spring on March 9 and 10.

"The Program Committee invites participants to submit proposals for conference presentations.  Presentations may be on any subject of interest to those teaching legal research and writing.

"Presenters have three options regarding time:

"1. We encourage presenters to suggest ideas for 20 minute slots. 
These are often practical presentations on teaching methods or assignments that have been especially successful for you.   
We have many of these slots available.

"2. You may submit proposals for 30 minutes slots. We anticipate having several opportunities to present for 30 minutes.

"3. We also anticipate having just a few slots open for presentations lasting 55 minutes.

"Those wishing to propose a presentation should send a one-paragraph description of the presentation, as well as your name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail information to the Program Committee at both of these these addresses:

"The deadline for proposals is January 12, 2007. Also indicate the amount of time you'll need for your presentation, and whether you
are flexible about that time. The cutoff date to get a conference rate at a local hotel will be January 25, and the committee will let you know if your proposal has been accepted by that time."


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Monday, November 20, 2006

Chicago-Kent research conference set for May '07

Chikent Mary Rose Strubbe and Keith Ann Stiverson of Chicago-Kent College of Law have announced the “Back to the Future of Legal Research” conference to be held on May 18 & 19, 2007. Conference topics will include the following:

      • Results of the follow-up surveys on practitioners’ research habits
      • Research teaching techniques in our electronic age
      • Law students’ research abilities and how they differ from those of their employers in practice and their law school professors
      • Internet access to abundant free material and how it will change the legal research landscape
      • Teaching students to think critically about the material that they gather from free sites
      • Citing sensibly to electronic sources that will change over time
      • Exploring the burgeoning availability of international law sources and understanding why these sources will take on increasing importance to lawyers and students
      • Teaching students to evaluate the content of their research rather than the medium in which it is found


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"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it used."

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Towne v. Eisner, 245 U.S. 418, 425 (1918).

hat tip:  Gertrude Block, Language Tips, 78 NY State Bar Assoc. Journal 61 (Nov./Dec. 2006).


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Sunday, November 19, 2006


The blog Lawsagna offers "alternating layers of thoughts, tools, tricks, tips and other ingredients for a successful learning experience in law school and beyond."  A quick review of the archives provides an entertaining variety of ideas for learning the law.


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conference on research instruction

A Fall 2007 conference will explore research instruction in light of the NCBE's plans to add a research component to future bar exams.  The conference is at the University of Texas at Austin, and its focus is as follows:

"The conference will focus on the effective teaching of legal research to today’s generation of law students, and will assemble a wide range of speakers to “teach the teachers” how to best train these students. Conference faculty will represent excellence in teaching and communication, and will come from the judiciary, the practicing bar, and the legal academy."


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