Wednesday, June 25, 2008

ABL goes to see Mr. Garner

ABL went to NYC to see Brian Garner's seminar on The Winning Brief. It was ABL's 3d BG seminar -- and well worth the trip. At one point, BG told the crowd to take books he had displayed at a table, first come first serve. ABL was very excited because the latest edition of Black's Law Dictionary was there. Although ABL touched the book first (or perhaps tied for first), another BG groupie refused ABL's suggested coin toss [a dispute resolution method that has been adopted by the federal bench in the Northern District of Alabama a.k.a the "high noon coin toss" to decide lead counsel status in a securities class action]. In an effort to spread Buffalo's civility to the NYC bar, ABL left with another book. BG was fun, informative, and engaging -- even better now that he incorporates video clips of judicial interviews into the seminar. BG described the difference between enormity (evil) and enormous (large) with the quip that it is proper to refer to the "enormousness of Skadden Arps, not the enormity of Skadden."

The link above is to the debate between Garner and Judge Posner on the use of footnotes. ABL plans to explore BG's 100 tips from the TWB in future posts.


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