Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Legalese in the Age of IM

Roger W. Hughes is a partner in the Harlingen, Texas, law firm of Adams & Graham, L.L.P., and board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He claims that he has had his sense of humor surgically removed, but apparently the procedure was not successful.

Mr. Hughes has an article in the summer 2006 issue of The Appellate Advocate: State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report in which he predicts that appellate briefs and opinions will soon be written using IM acronyms.

For example, an appellate lawyer might argue that the trial court's decision, if adopted, would OFG (open the flood gates) to more litigation. The Court might agree and reverse WOE (without explanation), issuing an opinion short enough to be sent directly to cell phones.

Read Legalese in the Age of IM (Instant Messaging) to learn more appellate acronyms, such as ASSA, 2SL, and Aff'd EDNSU.

Thanks to LexLibris for the link.

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