Amicus Humoriae: An Anthology of Legal Humor

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"Contrary to popular opinion, not all legal writing is dull, stuffy, and pompous. Some of it is actually well-written, interesting, and funny." "In this collection, the compilers - three law professors with a little too much time on their hands - have picked their 25 favorite legal ripostes. These gems are sure to keep you laughing all the way to the courthouse and back." As a special bonus, the compilers have included a bibliography containing cites to hundreds of other funny legal pieces.
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Overview

"Contrary to popular opinion, not all legal writing is dull, stuffy, and pompous. Some of it is actually well-written, interesting, and funny." "In this collection, the compilers - three law professors with a little too much time on their hands - have picked their 25 favorite legal ripostes. These gems are sure to keep you laughing all the way to the courthouse and back." As a special bonus, the compilers have included a bibliography containing cites to hundreds of other funny legal pieces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890894101
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
I Law Students
The Gettysburg Address as Written by Law Students Taking an Exam 3
That Balky Law Curriculum 13
Is the Constitution Worth Legal Writing Credit? 19
Needlemann on Mortgages 27
Criteria for the Evaluation of Law School Examination Papers 35
II Law Professors
Minutes of the Faculty Meeting 39
If Law Professors Had to Turn in Time Sheets 43
Faculty Meetings: "A Quorum Plus Cramshaw" 47
The Joe Isuzu Dean Search: A Guide to the Interpretation of Announcement Letters 55
Dear Employer ... 59
III Lawyers
The Nebbish Letter 65
Does Secured Transaction Mean I Have a Lien? Thoughts on Chattel Mortgages (What?) and Other Complexities of Article IX 69
The New (Legal) Devil's Dictionary 85
Id 93
Suing the Devil: A Guide for Practitioners 105
IV Judges
Regina v. Ojibway 119
The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule 121
Don't Cry over Filled Milk: The Neglected Footnote Three to Carolene Products 129
Great Cases in Utopian Law 145
Legislative and Judicial Dynamism in Arkansas: Poisson v. d'Avril 149
V Legal Scholarship
Rave Reviews: The Top Ten Law Journals of the 1990s 171
Chicken Law in an Eggshell: Part III - A Dissenting Note 183
A Call for a New Buffalo Law Scholarship 195
The World's Greatest law Review Article 201
Fundamental Principles of American Law 205
VI Bibliography
A Compendium of Clever and Amusing Law Review Writings: An Idiosyncratic Bibliography of Miscellany with in Kind Annotations Intended As a Humorous Diversion for the Gentle Reader 215
About the Compilers 259
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