Thursday, May 10, 2007

call for papers

Stetson College of Law is seeking submissions from professors, legal scholars and non legal scholars on the topic of Culture, Language and the First Amendment. The Imus/Rutgers controversy has spurred discussions from many sectors of American life, and Stetson's goal is to provide a forum for discussion of this controversy and its many facets.  The deadline for final drafts of articles for consideration is August 1, 2007. Articles should be 15 to 30 pages long, including footnotes, and on any topic involved in the general theme.  Contact Professor Dorothea Beane,, at Stetson College of Law, if you have questions.
hat tip:  Prof. Ellen Podgor, Stetson University

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

of monkeys and the law

An attorney's word choice in a brief led to a reprimand by the Delaware Supreme Court . . .


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call for proposals

Professor Cynthia Bulan has sent a reminder that the deadline is June 1st to submit a proposal to speak at the Southeast Legal Writing Conference, which will be held at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday and Saturday September 7th and 8th.  The topic for the conference is Teaching the Basics:  Practical Ideas for the Legal Research and Writing Classroom.  The conference ogranizers welcome presentations that are 20, 30, or 50 minutes long; their goal is to maximize the number of people who will have an opportunity to present.  Your proposal needs to include a paragraph summarizing your presentation, the amount of time you're requesting (20, 30, or 50 minutes), and some indication as to how flexible you are about the time. 

Send your proposals to:

Anthony Niedwiecki,, or

Cindy Bulan,, the chair of the conference.

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Friday, May 4, 2007

legal research in the basement

Last week, the ABA eReport asked subscribers to submit accounts of ways their legal research strategies helped them achieve success. The winning entry, from Baltimore, described an attorney’s efforts to locate legislative history for a Maryland statute. Maryland does not publish legislative history. The attorney  found his answer by going through forty years’ worth of committee reports in the basement of the Maryland legislature. That's what I call "digging for an answer"!


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visiting postion at West Virginia

The West Virginia University College of Law seeks a visitor to fill a full-time legal writing position in the 2007-2008 academic year. Responsibilities include teaching two sections of Legal Research and Writing. The successful applicant will be eligible to apply for the permanent position to be advertised next fall. Starting salary will be in the high fifties. Send letters of interest to the Chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Gerry Ashdown, West Virginia University College of Law, Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26506.


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Thursday, May 3, 2007


Oliver_r Flannery Congratulations to legal writing professors Ranko Oliver and Michael Flannery, who have each received tenure at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

hat tip:  Prof. Coleen Barger 


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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

a judge's poetic order

A recent ruling from U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin, Texas, shows his poetic displeasure about the deposition issues between two attorneys.  See Download sparks_poem1.pdf .

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