Thursday, September 27, 2007

the nominee's legal writing

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported on the legal writing of Attorney General nominee, Judge Michael Mukasey.

Apparently, he keeps a framed photo of George Orwell in his chambers, which would put him in agreement with Professor Judy Fischer, whose article on Why George Orwell's Ideas about Language Still Matter for Lawyers, 68 Mont. L. Rev. 129 (2007), we've mentioned here previously.

Judge Mukasey also credits his background as a journalist as a positive influence on his legal writing.  And here he is agreement with an article by legal writing professor Hollee Temple, Here's the Scoop for the Law Profs: Teach Your Students to Think Like a Journalist, 81 U. Detroit Mercy L. Rev. 175 (2004).

hat tips: Prof. Sarah Ricks, Rutgers-Camden, and Attorney Christopher Wren, Wisc. DOJ


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