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Book Review: Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

Deborah L. Borman, Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law

Judicial Impact of Law School Faculties

Nick Farris, University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Valerie Aggerbeck, University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Megan McNevin, University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Gregory C. Sisk, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

Igniting the Conversation: Embracing Legal Literacy as the Heart of the Profession

Laura Ax-Fultz, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law


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Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Vol. 24, No. 1 & 2, Summer 2016

DEBORAH L. BORMAN, Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law

To become better writers, students need to read great authors. For this reason, I always recommend that law students who want to become the best legal writers read great literature and novels especially those with subtle themes and complicated plots. Any good story with a subtext can help students develop better legal communication skills. The use of subtext, both psychosocial and historical, by many authors influences the reader’s perception and opinion of the characters. A compelling story can also be told with strong allusions and a variance between embellished details and short, direct descriptions. By working at the micro level with each sentence, students can craft a full brief that will glimmer from start to finish.

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NICK FARRIS, University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
VALERIE AGGERBECK, University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
MEGAN MCNEVIN, University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
GREGORY C. SISK, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

This study is a follow-up to our scholarly impact study published in 2015, “Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2015: Updating the Leiter Score Ranking for the Top Third.? Looking at an expanded time period (2005-2014), we assessed the extent to which extensive citations in the legal literature translated into citations by courts. It is important to acknowledge that the judicial citation rates were very low, precluding extensive analysis and making it difficult to regard some of the results as reliable and robust. Our study indicates that a certain subset of scholars are both noticed and cited by the judiciary as well as their peers.

To identify the scholars who are most cited by courts, we leveraged the same data (roster of names and name variations) and used a similar methodology to our 2015 scholarly impact study. Using the school rosters from the scholarly impact survey, we identified scholars with two hundred and fifty or more citations in the legal literature. We then created a very broad search that would include any academic article cited by courts, but would exclude amicus briefs, testimony, judging, and any other incidences of writing or impact. We studied three different court cohorts: citations to scholarly works by the Supreme Court, citations to scholarly works by the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and citations to scholarly works by all state high courts (whether formally called Supreme Courts or Courts of Appeal).

There is a moderate correlation between citations in the legal literature and citations by courts. The correlation is stronger at the federal level, weaker at the state level. Overall, there is a relatively weak correlation between schools’ performance in the scholarly impact study and the judicial impact study.

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107 Law Lib. J. 421 (2015)

LAURA AX-FULTZ, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law

Law librarians are experts in instruction, databases, scholarship, and more. This broad expertise has exacerbated an identity crisis in the profession. The author argues law librarians must develop a core identity, such as legal literacy, to navigate an ever-changing legal landscape that questions the future necessity of law librarians.


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