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Why do lawyers refer to long documents as briefs and
18-year olds as infants? Why do they use so much Latin when so few of their
clients are Ancient Romans? Is it a conspiracy?

Party of the First Part has the answers! Check out the Website for the
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Calling all Scribes

Last Saturday (August 9) was the annual luncheon for Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers. This was the first Scribes luncheon I had attended and it was great fun -- an entire roomful of law-and-language nerds! What could be better?

The guest of honor was Justice Antonin Scalia, who received the Scribes Lifetime Achievement Award. Justice Scalia gave a characteristically lively acceptance speech. Both Scalia and Bryan Garner stayed after the lunch to sign copies of the book they've just written together: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.

Also in attendance was the indefatigable Lisa Solomon, whose website, The Billable Hour (www.thebillablehour.com), is a great source for all things legal (including, ahem, my book). And Scribes Executive Director, Joe Kimble, was there with copies of his lucid book, Lifting the Fog of Legalese.

If you want to know more about Scribes, check out their website www.scribes.org.


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