Saturday, July 11, 2015

Scribes Awards Luncheon in Chicago

Lord WoolfScribes—The American Society of Legal Writers—will hold a special award luncheon in Chicago on Saturday, August 1, 2015 during the ABA Annual Meeting.

A lifetime achievement award will be presented to Lord Woolf, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2000 until 2005. Under the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005, Lord Woolf was also the first Lord Chief Justice to be President of the Courts of England and Wales. When he served as Master of the Rolls (the third most senior judge in England and Wales), Lord Woolf brought forth legal reforms that have been described as “the most fundamental reform of the civil justice system of the 20th century.” Lord and Lady Woolf will be present at the award luncheon.

Keynote Speaker Bryan Garner will speak on “The Biggest Secret for Clear and Persuasive Writing.” Garner has written several books about English usage and style, including Garner's Modern American Usage and Elements of Legal Style. He is the editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary and he has coauthored two books with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (2008) and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (2012). He is the Founder and president of LawProse, Inc. and serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law.

The event will also include presentations of the prestigious Scribes Book Awards and Brief-Writing Awards.

The luncheon will also mark a change in leadership for Scribes. Darby Dickerson, Dean of Texas Tech University School of Law, will finish her term as President. The new President is Justice Michael B. Hyman of the Illinois Appellate Court. Justice Hyman is a former President of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Judges Association, and the Decalogue Society.

The Scribes Luncheon will be held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, August 1, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Swissotel, 323 Upper Wacker Drive, in the Edelweiss I Room on the 43rd Floor. Tickets are $75 per person with a special rate of $50 for judges, government employees, young lawyers, law professors, and law students. RSVP to with your choice of lunch entrée: (chicken or vegetarian). For more information visit the Scribes website at or call (806) 834-5792.

Please RSVP by July 17th.  Thanks, and see you there!

For more information about Scribes (including how to join if somehow you're not already a member), visit

Mark Wojcik

Scribes Treasurer

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