Saturday, September 27, 2008
University of Tennessee (and formerly Oklahoma City University) law professor Alex B. Long has a new article out that examines the use of music lyrics in legal writing. In [Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics In Legal Writing, Long observes that "the most common use of popular music in legal writing is to either establish a title for a piece of scholarship or to 'provide a relevant prefatory quotation' in order to establish a theme," although his article also explores "more creative ways" music references are employed--such as the 7th Circuit's reference to a song by Ludacris in U.S. v. Murphy.
The article is scheduled to be published in volume 64 of the Washington and Lee Law Review. Download it here from SSRN, and have fun guessing what song inspired each of the article's internal headings. Not sure whether I envy the law review's cite-checking staff who had to confirm each of the 275 footnote citations.
hat tip: Christine Corcos, The Law & Humanities Blog