Friday, February 9, 2007

unbecoming behavior

What does it take to be censored by the court for "conduct unbecoming a member of the bar?"  Judge Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit (federal Court of Appeals) makes it quite clear

hat tip:  Chris Wren


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Thursday, February 8, 2007

there's another kind of expletive?

This article title certainly caught my eye:

Expletives: Usurpers of Space and Emphasis

Mcfarlandb1 Professor Barbara McFarland's article in the Kentucky Bench & Bar (Jan. 2007) is also available free via SSRN at  As she explains in her abstract:

"Now that I have your attention, let me first admit that I refer not to expletives as in expletive deleted but as in the it verb and there verb constructions that run rampant in much legal writing."


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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

a case to build a class around

Enough professional responsibility lessons for a week's worth of classes . . . all in one case.

hat tip:  Chris Wren


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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

advice from the Chief

Chief Justice Roberts offers advice on brief-writing and more!!

hat tip:  John Mollenkamp


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September conference

Coming September 8-9, 2007, the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference--open to all who are interested in attending, not just those in the southeast--will take place at Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, says conference organizer Anthony Niedwicki. Requests for proposals will be solicited in March, and the schedule is anticipated to be complete in April.


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Monday, February 5, 2007

Lone Star RFP

Texflag_1Mark your calendars for the 2007 Lone Star LRW Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1, at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth. Conference organizers are seeking additional proposals to fill one 75-minute concurrent presentation and one 75-minute plenary presentation, and they welcome proposals for team presentations. Send proposals to Wayne Schiess by March 1, 2007.

Speakers already on the program include Gail S. Stephenson and Linda C. Fowler from Southern University Law Center: Keeping It Real: Developing a Culturally and Personally Relevant Legal Writing Curriculum; Kirsten Dauphinais from University of North Dakota School of Law: Teaching Policy for Fun and Profit; Mark Burge from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law: Teaching Statutory Construction in an Age of Outsourcing: Are our Students Ready to Play Judge Yet?; Wayne Schiess from University of Texas School of Law: Can We Improve Texas Jury Instructions? My Report on the Texas Pattern Jury Charges Plain-Language Task Force.


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Sunday, February 4, 2007

open access, law reviews, and legal scholarship

Volume 10 of the Lewis & Clark Law Review (just out) is a symposium issue treating the question of open access publishing and its effect on legal scholarship. Joseph Miller's foreword to the symposium issue quotes the Budapest Open Access Initiative in defining the concept:

free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of . . . articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

The symposium articles are:

Joseph Scott Miller, Foreword: Why Open Access to Scholarship Matters, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 733-739 (2006).

Michael W. Carroll, The Movement for Open Access Law,  10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 741-760 (2006).

Dan Hunter, Open Access to Infinite Content (or "In Praise of Law Reviews"), 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 761-778 (2006).

Jessica Litman, The Economics of Open Access Law Publishing, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 779-795 (2006). 

Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, Open Access in a Closed Universe: Lexis, Westlaw, Law Schools, and the Legal Information Market, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 797-839 (2006).

Lawrence B. Solum, Download It While It's Hot: Open Access and Legal Scholarship, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 841-867 (2006). 

Ann Bartow, Open Access, Law, Knowledge, Copyrights, Dominance and Subordination,  10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 869-884 (2006).

Matthew T. Bodie, Open Access in Law Teaching: A New Approach to Legal Education, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 885-898 (2006). 

Michael J. Madison, The Idea of the Law Review: Scholarship, Prestige and Open Access, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 901-924 (2006).


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