welcome

Scribes was founded in 1953 to honor legal writers and encourage a “clear, succinct, and forceful style in legal writing.” We seek to promote better writing throughout the legal community — in courthouses, law offices, publishing houses, and law schools. And we hope to spread the growing scorn for legal writing that is archaic, turgid, obscure, and needlessly dull.
 
Scribes gives three annual writing awards; publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Scrivener; and publishes a unique and highly regarded journal, The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing. To learn more about these activities, use the links at the top.
 
In addition, Scribes sponsors occasional legal-writing programs. In recent years, we have cosponsored programs at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association and with the New York City Bar’s Legal History Committee; sponsored a program on jury instructions at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools; and sponsored writing seminars for students at Stetson University College of Law, South Texas College of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Saint Louis University Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and The John Marshall Law School.
 
Finally, for anyone who would like to join Scribes, there’s a link to our application form under the “Membership” link at the top of this page. Please note that we also have a category of institutional membership for law schools and appellate courts; please contact Executive Director Norman E. Plate for additional information. For more about our membership categories, please click the “Constitution and Bylaws” link above and check the bylaws under article 1, section 1(a).
 

events

 2014 Scribes Annual Membership Luncheon
August 8, 2014

The 2014 Scribes Annual Membership Luncheon will be held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston on Friday, August 8 from Noon - 2:00 p.m. Exact location and program information will be forthcoming. The Brief-Writing and Book-Awards will be given during the luncheon. Invitations will be mailed the second week of July. You may confirm your attendance by e-mailing mcalpinb@cooley.edu or by calling 517.371.5140, ext. 4402.

news

2013-2014 Scribes Book-Award Competition
Scribes is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 Annual Book Award. The award will be presented at the Scribes Annual Meeting, held during the American Bar Association Meeting in Boston, on August 8, 2014. For information on how to submit a book, please click here, For the list of Committee members to whom you'll need to send copies, please click here. The deadline to submit books is May 9, 2014. 

2013-2014 Scribes Law-Review Award
Scribes is pleased to announce Mr. Nicholas S. Brod from Duke University School of Law as the winner of the 2013-2014 Law-Review Award. His article was submitted though Duke Law Journal, click here to read its entirety. Nick and Duke's Journal editor in chief, Chris Bryant, will attend and recieve their awards at the 2014 National Conference of Law Reviews dinner (NCLR) hosted by Southwestern School of Law (March 26-29, 2014).  The Awards dinner will be on Thursday, March 27.  Congratulations to Nicholas and the Duke Law Journal.

Volume 15 of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing
has been mailed. This volume consists of Bryan Garner's interviews with five United States Court of Appeals Judges and additional articles by Brandeis Professor Judith D. Fischer and (ret.) Frank D. Wagner, Reporter of Decisions for the U.S. Supreme Court.

2013-2014 Scribes Brief-Writing-Award Competition
Scribes is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 Brief-Writing-Award Competition. The competition began in 1996 to help identify and celebrate excellent student-written briefs. The competition covers the current school year -- September 2013 to May 2014. The winning author or authors will be recognized at the 2014 Scribes Annual Meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014. Plaques will be awarded to the authors and their school. Submissions are due by April 21, 2014. For our Brief-Award letter and information on submitting a brief, please click here.