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December 14, 2013


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Doug L

Charles Manson?

Jacqueline Lipton

C'mon, Al. You have to give us the answer! Don't keep us guessing.

Alfred L. Brophy

Very funny, Doug L. Perhaps a hint is in order: this is the first line of one of the most famous student notes ever written; and its author is a very most famous law professors (and death penalty lawyer).

Ray Campbell

Tony Amsterdam's student note, The Void-for-Vagueness Doctrine in the Supreme Court," 109 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 67 (1960)


Better hint -- the Netherlands?

Alfred L. Brophy

Very nicely done, Ray.

Alfred L. Brophy

Thinking for a moment more about opening lines, maybe we should have a thread on readers' favorites -- both from their own work and work they enjoy. How's this from one of the article of our co-blogger here Calvin Massey: "Fashions in constitutional law, like hemlines, rise and fall." I guess that could be said of academic writing, too.

Doug L

"Mother died today. Or was it yesterday?"

-Albert Camus, The Stranger.

Bruce Boyden

"There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is its style. The other is its content."

Michael J.Z. Mannheimer

"The ones I feel sorry for are the people who paid $150 for the cassette tapes explaining the Federal Rules of Evidence." John Hart Ely, The Irrepressible Myth of Erie, 87 Harv. L. Rev 693 (1974).

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