Wednesday Writs for 12/5


Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    lying under oat

    This is a law from those old Pennsylvania Quakers, isn’t it? No man shall lie under the sacred oats that are intended for nutritious breakfast cereal.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David says:

    L10 – nothing about the story, but my machine sent up a huge red flag for that website.Report

  3. Avatar James K says:

    L1: The proper context surrounding that line from mister “three generations of imbeciles is enough” is important to know, and should be raised whenever somebody quotes it.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Buck v. Bell used this case as partial justification as well.

      Hey, we’ve established that the state can call upon young men and enlist them into the army and make them go to war where they might die. Like, we established it to the point where it cannot even be questioned.

      If you’ve swallowed that camel, it much easier to swallow the gnat of telling women that they need to stop having kids.Report

  4. Avatar Jay L Gischer says:

    L8: I just wanted to say that I enjoyed the linked post quite a bit, particularly his description of the “sliding scale” of killing people.

    I’m not a lawyer, but I think his point is valid – the jury probably did reach the right conclusion, but the process was definitely flawed.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    L3: Law School is the advanced vocational school that wants to be academic. I think legal writing would be better focused if it taught how to draft and respond to discovery, add provisions to a boilerplate contract, draft and respond to meet and confer letters, case management statements etc. but this would drive law professors up a wall so we teach the appellate brief, something that very few lawyers will ever work on. If you want them to draft a document for a judge make it a motion to compel or an SJ or something. Complete with the declaration and separate statement.Report