Two friends of the WEblog recently commented on typography in legal writing.
Susan Moon earlier this month was concerned by Oxford’s (potential) abandonment of the serial (a.k.a. Oxford) comma (which only referred to their PR department, and not their editorial staff). David Lat at Above the Law last week opened a can of worms with a poll about typing one space or two between sentences.
Partisans among all of the sides argue about the historical reasons, the practicalities, and just whether it “looks right” or not. For the record, I am pro-serial comma, as you can see from this post’s title. I am also in favor of one space between sentences.
From what I gather, my opinion about the serial comma is arguably “old-fashioned” (it is credited to Oxford, after all), and my single-space stance is “modern” (before laser printers, it was usual to use two spaces between sentences when using a typewriter; it was also usual to underline instead of using italics).
Obama Judicial Appointments Infographic
Seen on Twitter from @jesseclee44, great infographic about Obama’s successes and obstacles encountered in making appointments to the bench. While Obama has made great strides in increasing diversity on the bench, including doubling the number of APAs on the bench, he has faced lengthy confirmation delays – 151 days for circuit judges, 103 days for district court. Take a look and share your comments.
Registration now open for AABANY Fall Conference 2011
We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 AABANY Fall Conference: Diversify sponsored by Wells Fargo is now open.
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Members get discounted rates.
Save even more by registering early, by Sept. 1.
We have 4 slates each with 4 CLE programs for a total of 16 programs to choose from:
- 6 in Areas of Professional Practice
- 6 in Law Practice Management
- 3 in Ethics and Professionalism
- 1 in Skills
Each program offers 1.5 credits and you can take up to 4 programs from which you can earn up to 6 CLE credits.
Questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the End of Summer Happy Hour at Roam on August 31 and ask the organizers directly.