Friday, November 19, 2010
The online ABA Journal blog is reporting that Professor Laurence Tribe has resigned from DOJ due to recurring symptoms from a benign brain tumor. In an interview with the New York Times, Professor Tribe recounted his frustration at not being able to accomplish more during his time at DOJ due to financial constraints and the difficulty of getting legislation passed. Instead, Tribe adopted a pragmatic style, trying to get done what he could under the circumstances. As he told the NYT, one of his accomplishments, which he characterized "as a 'trivial' yet memorable improvement" was changing a sign at a Los Angeles courthouse that read “unrepresented pro se litigants” to the plain-English “people without lawyers.”
Thanks, Professor Tribe. Every contribution, big or small, to the "Plain English" movement counts.