Writing a Paper this Semester?

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Popular Music and Legal Writing

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

What does the use of song lyrics in court opinions and law journal articles say about the legal profession? This question is explored in [Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics in Legal Writing, an article by Professor Long of Oklahoma City University School of Law. His research indicates that Bob Dylan is the most often quoted musician in legal writing. Speaking of Mr. Dylan, in April Fordham University School of Law will present a conference titled “Bob Dylan and the Law.” Speakers include lawyers and law professors who will present reflections on the law in Dylan’s songs and discuss how Dylan has influenced their work. The conference is being sponsored by the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics and Touro Law Center, and will be held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus in New York.


Typography for Lawyers

That’s “typography,” not “topography.”  Typography is the visual component of the written word.  A California lawyer and former art student claims that the appearance of text on legal documents can have an impact on the reader.  He compares document preparation with dressing for a courtroom appearance.  His website discusses typography generally and provides guidance on how to make legal writing more typographically correct.