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ALR Student’s Corner: The Namby Pamby

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The Namby Pamby is a comical, legal blog that light heartily pokes fun at everyday issues lawyers may face. The blog is aimed at and will completely satisfy anyone who is looking for a little bit of humor to brighten the day.  Oftentimes, the blog creator uses humor to deliver helpful information about the legal profession to his readers. When he talks about the legal profession, he demystifies its more complicated parts with concise explanations and creates analogies of his legal experiences to everyday life. This makes the blog relatable to almost anyone who reads it.

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The creator of The Namby Pamby has made the website easy to navigate with a variety of tools available to the user.  These tools include being able to search for a blog post by the month, follow the blog by email, and read past comments. The Namby Pamby currently has over 2,443 people following the blog by email. Although there are a lot of followers, few leave comments, usually no more than three per post.  The small number of comments, however, is offset by the large dose of humor within them.

For nine years, the creator of The Namby Pamby has run the blog.  He generally blogs about seven times a month, but lately his level of output has progressively decreased. It would be nice to have a daily post because the blog is so funny and a great daily pick-me-up.

I enjoy that the blog is not too long and does not take a lot of time to read, which is very important for those with a busy life. If you are looking for a humorous read that includes some insight into the legal realm, I suggest you take some time to read The Namby Pamby.

~ Courtney Rudy, L’14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Free Online Resources for Criminal Law & Procedure: North Carolina Defender Manual Part 2

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Here is Part 2 of our series of blogs on the free online resources available on the website of the North Carolina Court System Office of Indigent Defense Services (NCIDS).

See here for Part 1.

This blog will focus on Volume 2 of the North Carolina Defender Manual, available for free online as a pdf.

“Volume Two of the North Carolina Defender Manual, a reference in the School of Government’s Indigent Defense Manual Series, is a resource for public defenders and appointed counsel who represent poor people accused of crimes. The book focuses primarily on criminal procedure at the trial stage. Fifteen chapters cover a variety of topics such as personal rights of the defendant, selection of the jury, opening and closing arguments, witnesses, and appeals, post-conviction litigation, and writs.  This manual is also useful to others who work in the court system and who need a reference source on the law. It replaces the first edition dated 2002-2005.“

Here is the Table of Contents:

North Carolina Defender Manual Volume 2, Trial

Chapter 21:  Personal Rights of the Defendant

Chapter 22:  Duties and Conduct of Presiding Judge

Chapter 23:  Guilty Pleas

Chapter 24:  Right to Jury

Chapter 25:  Selection of Jury

Chapter 26:  Jury Misconduct

Chapter 27:  Miscellaneous Jury Procedures

Chapter 28:  Opening Statements

Chapter 29:  Witnesses

Chapter 30:  Motions to Dismiss Based on Insufficient Evidence

Chapter 31:  Mistrials

Chapter 32:  Instructions to Jury

Chapter 33:  Closing Arguments

Chapter 34:  Deliberations and Verdict

Chapter 35:  Appeals, Post-Conviction Litigation and Writs

Appendix A:  Performance Guidelines for Indigent Defense Representation in Non-Capital Criminal Cases at the Trial Level

Appendix B:  Preserving the Record on Appeal

Look for this symbol for future blogs on free online resources for criminal law and procedure:

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Come see us in the library for more resources in print and online.

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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ALR Student’s Corner: Lowering the Bar

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Lowering the Bar is targeted at the legal professional, including students and practitioners. The author, Kevin Underhill, is a partner at Shook, Hardy and Bacon in San Francisco and graduated from Georgetown in 1993. His postings are humorous, yet true.  He prides himself on verifying information before he posts it to the blog, and embedding links to cited authority and other resources.

Although legal professionals enjoy the site, it is written in a very down-to-Earth way that appeals to law students and non-legal professionals, as well.  In a convenient column on the right side of the home page, Lowering the Bar offers 30 links to other outside sites. There are also links within the site to archives and useful resources such as commonly used pleadings. To ensure easy access, there is a column that lists over 50 areas of law alphabetically. This helps if you are looking for interesting items in a particular area such as animal law or environmental law.

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Lowering the Bar archives older posts and, at the end of each post, provides links to other relevant articles on the site and metadata tags. At the top of the homepage, there is also a list of recent posts.  To make following the blog easier, there is a “Follow Me” button on the home page, links to social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and several others, and an RSS feed.

My first experience with Lowering the Bar was a Google search that listed the blog among other relevant hits related to a federal case, in which police in New Mexico manually searched the anus of a man believed to be hiding drugs behind his clenched buttocks, that I had decided to research as a result of a posting on Facebook.  I went to the blog and found a post discussing the “clenched buttocks” case and other current actions, as well as, links to the original news stories and subsequent others. Lowering the Bar has posted updates to its original post, including links to the federal court filings and news coverage of the victim’s police and medical records.

Mr. Underhill generally posts every day, sometimes several posts a day. They usually discuss recent news and are interesting and informative, while still being entertaining. The recent murder investigation of an undercover agent is one example of an interesting news item that has appeared in several blog posts. The police had ruled the agent’s death due to natural causes, even though his body was found inside a locked duffel bag that had been placed in a bathtub. The blog posts several pictures of the expert witness recreating the scene by getting into a bathtub and zipping himself into a duffel bag.

I love Lowering the Bar; it is easy to use and has a lot of helpful resources. The blog also is a great place to find a little bit of humor about the sometimes, very heavy subject of law.

~ Debra Chamberlain Marshall, L’15 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, Supervillains, and the Law

What Happens When Real Law is Applied to Superheroes and Supervillians?

Today, I am taking a look at a blog called Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, Supervillains, and the Law. While fighting villains, Hulk breaks anything in his way, Superman throws Ironman through a building, and the Avengers destroy a train while trying to contain Hulk. Have you ever wondered who pays for all of that damage? Well, two lawyers who are clearly superhero enthusiasts started this blog in an attempt to answer that question.

You might be asking yourself, “Who would read a blog like this?” Well, the answer to that are legal practitioners or others interested in the law who are also comic book nerds who like superheroes and have wondered who is liable for the collateral damage once the superheroes have saved the world…again. The goal of the authors is to provide a forum where real legal principles can be applied to fun fact patterns for the purpose of explaining legal concepts. Judging by the large numbers of comments for each article, which are almost as important and informational as the articles themselves, there are many readers who enjoy learning about the law in this way.

If you are an avid reader of comic books, you may have noticed that the storylines sometimes include legal questions. In an effort to make the characters appear more realistic, the ingenious writers of comic books add sometimes subtle and sometimes blatant legal issues to the storylines for our amusement. For those who have an interest in the law behind these legal issues, this blog attempts to answer those legal questions using the fictional scenarios created in the superhero stories. If you are saying to yourself, “Who cares?” – this blog is likely not for you. But, for the rest of us comic book readers and superhero movie watchers, who recognize these legal issues and wonder how they would be resolved, here is a forum where those questions can be answered!

The authors of the blog are attorneys currently practicing in the fields of intellectual property and insurance. There is a disclaimer stating that the information contained in the blog is not legal advice or analysis, but merely legal discourse based on fictitious scenarios. Most often, when analyzing a legal issue on behalf of their Superhero clients, the authors consider laws from across the various jurisdictions, rather than rely on a single state’s laws.

The authors also analyze the charges against Supervillians for stealing intangibles, such as a Superhero’s powers. In one post, the authors consider criminal charges against Yashida were he successful in stealing Wolverine’s healing ability, particularly since, without it, Wolverine becomes mortal and faces the possibility of death. Ultimately, the authors determine that, in the very least, Yashida could be charged with some type of theft or assault depending on the jurisdiction, and could also be sentenced to life in prison. Assault is a possibility because Yashida would have to extract Wolverine’s claws and bone marrow in order to steal his powers and turn him mortal.

The authors post anywhere from two to twenty nine articles every month. Those articles are archived, and the archives are easily accessible on the right side of the home page. A reader can also navigate and browse the articles by legal category.

Readers can easily share articles and stay current with the most recent posts by clicking on the Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ icon. In each article, there are hyperlinks to internal resources, such as Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, and external resources, which become very useful when the reader is not completely aware of what character or story the blog is referencing.

~ Jennifer Morgan, L’14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Resources for Professional Responsibility Courses and the MPRE

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If you are taking or preparing to take a Professional Responsibility course and/or the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), there are many helpful resources and materials at your fingertips.

The Charlotte School of Law Library has a number of professional responsibility treatises, legal periodicals, study aids, and more.  A part of the CSL Research Guide collection, Professional Responsibility outlines and describes the print treatises and e-books available to CSL students, faculty, and staff.  This collection includes major treatises, such as the Model Rules and the Restatement; study aids, including volumes from the Nutshell series; and several other popular resources.  This Guide also includes links to the CSL catalog, where users can click into full-text journals and electronic databases and search for items and articles of interest.*  The Carolinas tab includes jurisdiction-specific resources for present and future practitioners of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Another CSL Research Guide, Academic Success: Professional Responsibility, includes a listing of study materials, including Emanuel Outlines, CrunchTime, E&Es, Barbri Review, Q&As, and more.  It also provides a brief description of the different types of study aids so you can determine what may work best for you.  These items are available for check out in the CSL Law Library.

CSL students also have access to West’s Study Aids Subscription, which has 13 different e-books on the topic of legal ethics and professional responsibility.  A link to those Study Aids is available on your Westlaw homepage.  You may search by keyword or browse by subject.

Finally, on the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) MPRE website, studiers can view NCBE tips on preparing for the MPRE, a subject matter outline of the MPRE, sample test questions from the MPRE, and more.

*Off-campus access to these electronic journals and databases requires a username and password.  Your username is your Last Name, First Name (e.g., Reid, Shannon), and your password is your Library Bar Code Number, which is located on the sticker on the back of your ID badge.

~Shannon Reid~

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ALR Student’s Corner: Real Lawyers Have Blogs

Check out Real Lawyers Have Blogs for the Scoop on Social Media and the Legal Community

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Real Lawyers Have Blogs is a legal technology blog authored by Kevin O’Keefe, LexBlog’s CEO and publisher. Through this blog, Mr. O’Keefe encourages law firms to engage in online community building and business development. His posts often stem from Twitter discussions with legal professionals, as Mr. O’Keefe is a frequent tweeter himself.

The content on the blog suggests that its target audience is law firms and lawyers. The posts on the blog widely discuss issues related to lawyers and law firms and their involvement in the online community. For example, the blog discussions range from what lawyers should put in their online profiles to what clients expect in those profiles to what lawyers think about other lawyers who use social media.  Real Lawyers Have Blogs also provides great resources like blog posts about the 10 most popular stories Tweeted during the week and a section on the “Top 10 in Law Blogs,” each providing hyperlinks to the named external blogs.  Real Lawyers Have Blogs lets its users access much of its information through internal and external hyperlinks.

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Real Lawyers Have Blogs also allows its users to stay connected through various social networking sites, including Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Additionally, followers may subscribe to all posts via RSS feed or email. The blog organizes its older posts by month and year. For instance, if a user goes to the “Archives” and selects October 2013 from the drop-down menu, she gets all of the posts from the month of October 2013, starting with the most recent one. The “Archives” goes back 10 years to October 2003.  There are only three posts from that oldest archive, versus the near daily posts of the October 2013 archive, demonstrating the substantial growth of the blog and its readership over the past decade.

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Below the day’s blog posting, there is a section that displays other blog posts authored by Kevin O’Keefe. This area displays the date posted, the name of the original host site for the blog post, a link for further reading of the post’s full text, and a link to the comments posted. To the right of this section, Mr. O’Keefe populates the page with additional articles that would interest lawyers plugged into the online community.  Some of those articles are collected in a section entitled “Best In Law Blogs” which provides a featured blog article, its date and author, and a hyperlink to the “Best In Law Blog Archives” for additional reading. Additional articles can be found in sections entitled “Events” and “New to the Network,” each with its own archives. The format of these sections is clear and easy to read. The information provided here is also a good source of reference for users who enjoy following Mr. O’Keefe’s blogs.

The contact information (address, fax, and phone) for Real Lawyers Have Blogs is at the base of the home page, along with hyperlinks to the blog’s privacy policy and disclaimer information. At the bottom of the blog, there is a great feature that allows readers to quickly access the best and most read blog articles via hyperlink from “Best of Real Lawyers Have Blogs,” “Latest Across LXBN,” and “Most Read.”

There are several ways that users can participate in the blog’s community, particularly those who have mastered the use of social media.  They can post questions or comments through LexBlog or simply fill out the required fields and send their questions or comments from the blog’s home page. A user may also click the “LinkedIn Discussion Group” button to participate in the blog’s community via LinkedIn, or “Like” the blog on Facebook.

Lawyers and law firms alike should keep abreast of the to-dos within the social media community by staying connected to Real Lawyers Have Blogs via Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, RSS feed, or email. Doing so will give lawyers an edge on social media use within the legal profession.

~ Shantel Tatem, L’14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home

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For the past few weeks, I have been following the legal blog Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home.[1]  It focuses on labor and employment issues, particularly those stemming from horrendous, indecent managers, affecting employees of all different types of corporations, companies and non-profit organizations.  This blog proclaims its mission as “what you need to know before you scream ‘I quit,’ get fired, or decide to sue the bastards.”[2]  While the tone is humorous, the mission of the blog authors is truly serious – to advocate for employees stressed about their current job stability and worried about their financial futures.  In support of this mission, the blog helps these folks fight back with information about recourse to the courts and federal regulatory agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.

I would be remiss if I did not disclose the fact that I currently serve as Human Resources Director for one of the largest Steel Manufactures in North America and am responsible for all Human Resources activities for the largest manufacturing site in North America with 1,000 employees.  I will not proclaim that I have seen everything; however, I have had my fair share of interesting situations.  Often these situations fall somewhere in the grey area that is not expressly covered by the policies which govern our employment and labor relations.  Personally, I find this blog to be a resource for those of us who are responsible for labor relations just as it is a resource for the employees who may be suffering from a power obsessed leader.

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This blog posts discussed some very interesting topics over the past few weeks such as bullying, the termination of employees for use of personal electronic devices, surveillance of employees, and normal discriminatory issues like terminations that violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  For me, the blog posts on the topic of bullying are the most interesting because it is a very hot topic in our culture.  Specifically, this blog outlined the fact that there are currently no bullying statutes in effect to protect employees from a bully boss.  However, this blog breaks down a typical bullying situation into the individual acts of the bully and explains how each of his acts may violate a law or company policy.  For example, the blog post by Donna Ballman on November 8, 2013 titled 7 Claims Jonathan Martin May Have Regarding Dolphins Bullying Under Florida Law[3] suggests that a victim of a bully may bring a claim against him for breach of contract, race or age-based harassment, assault/battery, or intentional inflection of emotional distress.  This is a fantastic blog and a great way to inform employees that recourse exists under the law to address a bully manager, even without there being a specific statute on bullying. For the managerial side, this blog is a valuable tool to enlighten managers as to the specific instances in an organization that need to be regulated.

Another interesting blog post discussed the new practice of employers requiring employees to bring their personal electronic devices to work.[4]  This is a new practice which allows employees to use their personal computers, tablets and cell phones for their jobs.  While this is favored by employees because it allows them to work on their preferred electronic devices and by employers because it cuts costs to maintain the equipment, the policy presents many issues.  The most important of those issues is the corporation’s duty to secure confidential information on those personal electronic devices when the employee’s position terminates.  Often employers take an overly broad approach and wipe the entire device which deletes the personal data of the former employee.  My employees are facing this risk and feel that they can not leave the employer for fear of loosing there personal information and pictures.  Luckily, resources like this blog provide insight into the rights of employees and employers dealing with this situation.  Specifically, this blog advises employees to deny their employer’s request to wipe their devices and if the employer proceeds anyway, to seek restitution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Stored Communications Act.

Ultimately, the employment relationship is ever changing and information for employees and employers is essential to maintaining compliance.  Furthermore, the most difficult situation will not be expressly laid out in policy and if we can learn what to do and not to do from others, we will be better equipped to maintain a positive employment relationship with all members of the organization.  There will always be interesting situations in the professional environment and dealing with this appropriately can have huge cost savings for the employees and employers.

~ Kenneth Schappert, L’14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: The Careerist Blog

The Careerist is a fun, informative blog designed for just about anyone in the legal field or anyone pursuing a legal career.

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Author Vivia Chen, a former corporate lawyer, applies a fresh approach to lawyering while offering news, tips, and advice.  The Careerist focuses on legal developments, career and life satisfaction, as well as, up-to-date office trends.  There is also an emphasis on how lawyers enjoy work/life balance.  With a blog post nearly every day, legal news is current with a humorous edge.  An appealing part of this blog is the author’s wide range of topics that she discusses regularly.  The Careerist blog topics include the following:

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There are several links to outside resources from The Careerist home page.  There are drop down menus for job seekers and employers.  Job seekers have the opportunity to job search and post their resumes.  The job search link leads to an outside site, lawjobs.com.  Employers can post a job and search for resumes through lawjobs.com.  

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Another link from the home page is “News and Views.” Hovering over this link leads to subtopics such as career news, tips for success, compensation matters, and profiles.  “Profiles” leads to an attorney spotlight page which culls attorney profiles from various media and legal resources.  The articles here highlight attorneys beyond their work in the office and showcase their community-service endeavors and interests outside of their law careers.  For example, one spotlight focused on a New York judge who left the bench to serve a tour overseas with the Army.  The “Compensation Matters” link leads to law-related articles pertaining to money matters, such as an article about how the Texas legislature approved pay raises for judges.

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Law students can find their share of pertinent legal news on The Careerist.  Several blog posts in the last few months have highlighted articles for law students and law schools.  For instance, one particular post from September 3, 2013, Grads of Lesser-Ranked Law Schools Are Happy Campers, compared job satisfaction data among graduates of the variously ranked schools.  There, the author notes that “[g]raduates of elite schools are sometime a bit disdainful of the demands of the profession, while those with lesser pedigrees probably just appreciate the opportunity to work.”

Subscribers can follow the blog and receive updates of its “News Views and Alerts” via email, Facebook, and Twitter.  Blog posts from the home page are listed by date, the most recent first.  To access older posts, readers of the blog have to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “More Posts.”  A reader can also find blog topics by clicking on “Topic Tags” under each blog post.  There is a dearth of reader comments to the posts on the blog, which seems unusual considering it gets a lot of traffic.  But, despite their disinterest in commenting, the blog’s readers are still exposed to a plethora of topical news and articles, as well as, an updated list of current top jobs.  Attention-grabbing post topics and headlines, coupled with a legal focus, make The Careerist an entertaining and informative blog.

~ Leanne Boyd, L’15 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Legal Profession Blog

 “Have You Heard the One About the Lawyer Who…?”:

A Review of Legal Profession Blog

The Legal Profession Blog is a member of Law Professor Blogs, LLC, a network of more than 40 blogs written and edited by Law Professors around the country.[i] Like a gossip page for the practice of law, the Legal Profession Blog provides continuous updates on the disciplinary, criminal, and disbarment actions taken against attorneys across the nation. Ostensibly a blog about the legal profession, the posts primarily report on the misconduct of legal professionals and associated disciplinary actions. So who would follow a blog that reports on the misdoings of legal professionals? The stated audience for this blog includes legal professionals, law professors, and law students; given the sometimes sordid information provided, the general public and those looking for new material for lawyer jokes will also find this blog continually entertaining. The doings—and misdoings—that earn a spot on this blog are, unfortunately, a part of every profession in the nation, and due to the legal profession’s adherence to self-reporting, self-policing, and professional responsibility, no deed goes unpublished.

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With clever titles, including “That’s What Friends Aren’t For,” “Wheels of Soul,” and “Hogwash,” the Legal Profession Blog draws readers in with just enough information to peak reader curiosity. In addition to providing a blotter of attorney and judicial misconduct, the Legal Profession Blog also includes updated ethical rules, ethical opinions, and bar admission decisions. In keeping with the spirit of professional legal writing, the posts are clear and concise and contain only those facts the reader really wants to know. Each post leads with the penalty imposed, giving readers a chance to evaluate the facts and circumstances in light of the ultimate outcome and reach their own conclusion as to whether the punishment fit the crime. For readers who want to know more, each post contains a hyperlink to additional resources including actual complaints, orders, or state bar announcements. “Probation With Movie Requirements” represents a typical post for the Legal Profession Blog. 

In “Probation With Movie Requirements,” readers learn, in 76 words, that an attorney in Arizona consented to a disciplinary judge’s sanctions resulting from the attorney’s violation of ethical rules. His punishment (i.e. what readers really want to know, right?) was a ninety-day suspension, two years probation, and the viewing of two Continuing Legal Education (CLE) videos, presumably related to the behavior that led to his “ethical violations.” Readers wanting to know more can click the hyperlink to the actual consent order issued by the disciplinary judge. The order provides greater detail including the ethical rules violated and the terms of the sanction.

The Legal Profession Blog is very accessible to a broad audience. From a substantive standpoint, the blog uses straightforward and concise language rather than legalese and terms of art to describe an array of predicaments implicating legal ethics and professional responsibility.  Aesthetically, this blog does not attempt to draw readers in with graphics or fanciful layouts; rather, the articles are predominantly displayed with very little distraction. Unfortunately, readers will not get much beyond the content of the blog posts themselves, as comment frequency is very low, despite the blog having garnered 996,521 hits since September 18, 2006. In addition to the comment capability, readers can share posts via social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, or via email.

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The available search tools make navigating the site relatively easy. Archived blogs are navigable, either by searching by topic such as blogging, religion, or travel, or searching by month and year. Readers can subscribe to this blog in order to receive notifications of new postings by simply entering an email address. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of legal professionals running afoul of the rules of professional conduct, which fortunately for the readers of the Legal Profession Blog means multiple posts per day, almost every day, of lawyers behaving badly.

Overall, for legal professionals, law students, and the general public, the Legal Profession Blog provides an interesting glimpse into the world of professional misconduct without too much technical detail, multiplicative analysis, or extraneous commentary. Unfortunately, the site comes off a bit salacious with its focus on the negative stories of legal professionalism, as opposed to stories that highlight legal professionals’ adherence to codes of conduct, ethical rules, and professional decency. The blog does serve as a reminder to law students and professionals, however, of the importance of diligent adherence to the code of professional conduct, lest one finds her story as the next headline on the Legal Profession Blog.

~ Emily Ray, L’14 ~


[i] Legal Profession Blog is edited by S. Alan Childress, Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School; Michael S. Frisch, Ethics Counsel at Georgetown Law Center; and Jeffrey M. Lipshaw, Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk Law School.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Law Prose

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Law Prose: An evaluation on the fascination of words

I recently reviewed Bryan A. Garner’s blog on his website www.lawprose.org. Mr. Garner is an established scholar in legal writing. He is the current editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, conducts CLE seminars, and has published many works including Garner’s Modern American Usage – a massive guide to contemporary American English. In addition, legal professionals can seek his advice by requesting consulting services or can sign up to earn a Master’s Certificate in Legal Writing from the Academy of American Legal Writers.

The blog can be understood by a general adult audience, but it is most helpful for legal professionals, law students, or anyone whose daily existence requires legal writing. Mr. Garner’s posts are entertaining and provide historical context of the grammar, terms, and various common usage of words he explains. For instance, did you know that it is perfectly acceptable to still use “till” instead of “until”? However, Mr. Garner warns, do not make the common mistake of writing “’til.”

Here are some examples of his posts covered in the last month:

  • Substituting the word “period” instead of the phrase “time period”
  • Avoiding generalized titles of authority (e.g. write “the scientist Jeremiah Smith” instead of “scientist Jeremiah Smith”)
  • A lesson in possessives based on the Red Sox and the Cardinals (Mr. Garner seems to be a fan of baseball)
  • Substituting the words “to” or “against” instead of using “toward.”
  • Differences between American English and British English
  • Is it written “email” or “e-mail”?

Mr. Garner also provides random quotes of the day. I found this one particularly elegant:

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Yet, when reviewing his blog, I was disappointed that there were no hyperlinks or comments I could view. Also, while it is helpful that his posts are archived back to 2011, they mostly cover words based on the letters “R,” “S,” and “T.” Law Prose does, however, have some useful tools, such as a search box and RSS feed.

Mr. Garner’s blog is a refreshing snapshot of the American English language. In an occupation where we depend so much on our words, a blog like this can be very useful. If you would like to sign up for free word usage tips of the day, go to www.lawprose.org and enter your email address.

Cheers!  (Now how did that become a salutation?)

~ Ashley Ann Wright, L’15 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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