Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Scrivener is now available electronically

The Scrivener, the newsletter of Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, has gone electronic. That means it will be more readily available to readers of this blog.

The winter 2014 issue has lots of interesting information, including an article by Anthony Niedwiecki of The John Marshall Law School on the extensive changes to the latest (fifth) edition of the ALWD Citation Guide, and how it now produces the same citations as The Bluebook: "[The new edition of the ALWD Citation Guide] eliminates all style differences with The Bluebook, so The ALWD Guide to Legal Citation will be the only book on citation that law students and lawyers will ever have to buy."

This latest issue of The Scrivener also contains moving tributes to a long-time Scribes member, the late Beverly Burlingame, and the outgoing executive director of Scribes, Norm Plate.  In another article based on a presentation at the 2014 Annual Scribes Membership Meeting, Talmage Boston analyzes Abraham Lincoln as a communicator. And a photo shows my fellow blog editor Mark Wojcik receiving the Section Award from the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research (well deserved, Mark!) for his service to legal writing.

This issue of The Scrivener also contains a fitting tribute to Jane Siegel of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, who diligently served for many years as the previous editor-in-chief of The Scrivener.  The article about her by Julie Spanbauer highlights the many contributions that Jane made over her years of service to Scribes and The Scrivener.

The new editorial team for The Scrivener is being led by Professor Maureen Collins of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  She welcomes contributions of articles and news items for the next issue of The Scrivener.

Click here for more information about Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers.


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