Monday, November 16, 2009

Chicago judge takes lawyers to task for submitting brief "dripping with sarcasm"

Both Above the Law and the National Law Journal recently reported on an incident in which Illinois Judge Diane Cannon castigated two Sidley Austin lawyers for submitting a brief in connection with a motion to quash a subpoena that the judge characterized as "reprehensible" and "dripping with sarcasm."

A pdf of the offending brief can be found here.

Most others who've read it find it pretty harmless stuff.  Indeed, in a reader's poll conducted by ATL (scroll down), 89.1% of those surveyed thought the Sidley brief was "within the bounds of zealous advocacy."  So, did the judge overreact?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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