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Legal Writing Seminar: James A. Shapiro speaks to the Chicago Bar Association

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Judge Shapiro

I recently spoke to the Chicago Bar Association on the topic of legal writing. Before you watch, try taking the grammar quiz. To view a list of Posner’s 19 Anti-Lessons, visit Edilex Legal Editing.

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Edit the following for form (not style or substance):

In fact, that legal principal was the entire basis for the state Supreme Court’s ruling. The Court rejected the notion that most perspective jurors would exercise preemptory challenges.  Jurors disinterested in jury service could excuse themselves irrespective of the affect it would have on other potential jurors.

The state supreme court is located in the state capital building. The amount  of cases it handles is staggering. The U.S. Supreme Court, on the other hand, located in the U.S. capitol, handles far less cases. One of it’s most recent was that of Jesus Garcia. Police searched Jesus’s car without a warrant. The court upheld the search based on the “automobile exemption [sic]“.

For the correct answers, watch the video below.




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