February 24, 2007
a new look at the Bluebook
Professor Christine Hurt of the University of Illinois College of Law has just added to her already considerable scholarship on legal citation. Her new article is The Bluebook at Eighteen: Reflecting and Ratifying Current Trends in Legal Scholarship, 82 Ind. L.J. 49 (2007).
top 5 works of legal fiction
What are your favorites in legal literature? Writing for today's online OpinionJournal (from Wall Street Journal), U.K. barrister and author John Mortimer (of "Rumpole" fame) lists his top 5. Do you know them all? What work would you add?
1. Anthony Trollope, Orley Farm
2. Charles Dickens, Bleak House
3. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
4. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
5. P.D. James, A Certain Justice
February 23, 2007
Plain Language website
I just came across this website on Plain Language. Hosted by the FAA, it has information about Plain Language in governmental and legal writing. Its sections on humor, testimonials, and quotes offer good potential for teaching materials. The piece on "Nine Easy Steps to Longer Sentences" would be fun to use in a class on conciseness.
February 21, 2007
the art of advocacy
Washburn University School of Law will be holding a symposium on The Art of Advocacy, on March 9th and 10th. What's striking about the planned schedule is that first members of the actual audience for lawyers' advocacy will speak about what they find effective, and then the legal writing faculty will speak about how to achieve that effectiveness. It looks like a very helpful symposium has been planned, and other law schools offering symposia and CLE programs may want to take note.
February 19, 2007
The Columbia Journalism Review has a nice little feature called "Language Corner" that concisely addresses writing issues such as gender-neutral pronouns and incorrect use of a plural pronoun with a singular noun. The index has lots of interesting entries.
writing with precision
A student from last year stopped by to show me this poem today, figuring I'd appreciate it. Every once in awhile teachers do get unexpected affirmations that they've been heard.