Saturday, May 6, 2006

typos & kryptonite?

I couldn't possibly make this stuff up.  Far better wits have to.  Check out:

hat tip:  Prof. Richard Graves, University of Arkansas School of Law, at Little Rock


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Friday, May 5, 2006

Brill's Burton!

To see the official cyber announcement of Ralph "The Legend" Brill's receipt of the Burton Award, go to and on the left side click on "Outstanding Contributions."  To see a full list of law professors who earned awards for individual articles, go to

hat tip:  The Legend himself


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Congratulations, Lisa!

Legal writing program director Lisa McElroy has been put on the tenure track at Southern New England School of Law, after a year as a visitor.

hat tip:  Sarah Ricks, Rutgers-Camden


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have YOU ever plagiarized?

There's an interesting new article about truly inadvertent plagiarizing.  It even has a medical-sounding name.  The good news is, with careful attention to remembering your sources, it's treatable.

hat tip:  Dean Darby Dickerson, Stetson University School of Law


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Thursday, May 4, 2006

The Legally Annotated Hamlet?

Hundreds of legal writing professors will be converging on Atlanta, Georgia, in early June, for the bi-ennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute. Among the evening activities offered is a group trip to the Georgia Shakespeare production of Hamlet. In preparation for viewing Hamlet with your legal writing colleagues, you might want to bone up on The Legally Annotated Hamlet:

hat tip: Dr. Natalie Tarenko, Writing Specialist, Texas Tech School of Law


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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Supreme Court oral arguments

Those who introduce oral argument in legal writing and lawyering skills classes might be interested in an article today reporting a recent change in the style of arguments at the United States Supreme Court.


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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

recommended reading

Among the reading you might put on your list to look forward to after grading: 

Iangallacher Ian Gallacher, Forty-two:  The Hitchhiker's Guide to Teaching Legal Research to the Google Generation, 39 Akron Law Review 151 (2006).

Professor Gallacher looks at the way legal research is currently taught at U.S. law schools and then makes some suggestions for improvement, including a surprisingly innovative approach.  He takes a refreshing, new perspective frequently in this article.

Oh, and if you don't understand the title of his article, that makes two things you need to read when you finish grading.



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Monday, May 1, 2006

contributions to LWI Idea Bank

It's not too late to contribute to the LWI Idea Bank!!  Despite what the conference brochure says, Ruth Anne Robbins confirms that the deadline is actually May 15, 2006.  Please send submissions to her at


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legal photo

This blog is supposed to be about legal writing, but sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.  (spl) 

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