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We seek to create an interest in writing about the law and to promote a clear, succinct, and forceful

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SCRIBES MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Check Out Justice Michael Hyman's "Hyproverbs"

Justice Hyman's recently-published collection of 50 legal proverbs is available here.

This piece originally appeared in the CBA Record, the flagship publication of the Chicago Bar Association.  Justice Michael B. Hyman, a former Scribes president, is also the editor-in-chief of the CBA Record. 

Teri McMurtry-Chubb Wins 2021 Blackwell Award

The Legal Writing Institute awarded board member Teri Mc-Murtry-Chubb the 2021 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing. The award recognizes educators who motivate students and other educators to excellence and innovation in legal writing.

EVENTS

"Should Legal Writing Be 'Woke'?" Webinar

The recording of this event is available here. If the recording fails to load, please open the link in another browser.

 

As our nation grapples with a reckoning on racial justice issues, our legal system faces the related question of how to address words and terms with racially-charged origins. Please join our distinguished panelists – Massachusetts Court of Appeals Justice James Milkey, UIC Law School Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb, South Texas College of Law Professor Josh Blackman, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville Law School Professor Lucy Jewel – in a discussion moderated by Scribes Vice President John Browning.

NEWS

Nominations for the Brief Award Open Until October 4

We are now accepting nominations for this year's Brief Award. This award recognizes excellent winning briefs from national moot court competitions.

For submission instructions or questions, please contact Philip Johnson at scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Our 2021 Award Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our Book, Brief, and Law Review Awards.

Law and Leviathan by Professors Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule won this year's Book Award.

Brooke Bohlen of Texas Tech University School of Law won the Brief Award for her brief written for the National Moot Court Competition.

And Ryan Deal's comment for the Washington University Law Review, It's Five O'Clock Everywhere, won our law review award.

See the Brief Award page for runners-up of that award and all award pages for previous winners.