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1.6: What kind of writing do judges do in your home country?

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  • To think about the writing style and writing expectations for judges in your home country so that you can compare it with the style and expectations for judges’ writing in the US.

Instructions

  1. Read the Discussion Questions below and write your  answers in the discussion box below..
  2. DO NOT spend time doing any research. This activity should only take 5 minutes at most. 

Discussion Questions

  • Does your home country’s legal system have anything similar to the clerkship system in the U.S., where law school graduates can get legal experience for a year or two by working closely with a judge?
  • Does your home country’s legal system require judges to write legal opinions?
  • If judges in your home country do write legal opinions, describe some of the qualities a well-written opinion.
  • If judges in your home country do not write legal opinions, is there anything else that they are expected to write?

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Listen to a US appellate judge talk about writing


Expert Perspectives on Biggest Court CasesSummary from the episode show notes:

In this episode host Georgetown Law professor Jonah Perlin speaks with Judge Robert Bacharach who is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prior to becoming a federal appeals court judge in 2013, Judge Bacharach served as a Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma for 14 years and before that as a litigator at the Oklahoma City law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Judge Bacharach started his legal career as a law clerk on the 10th Circuit for Judge William Holloway Jr., whose seat he now holds. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the Washington University Law School.

Judge Bacharach also recently published the book, Legal Writing: A Judge’s Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word published by the ABA.

In the conversation they discuss his path to the bench, his process for hearing cases and crafting judicial opinions, and his general approach to legal writing as embodied in his recent book which draws on his years of experience on the bench as well as the fields of rhetoric and psycholinguistics.”

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Expert Perspectives on Biggest Court CasesSummary from the episode show notes:

In this episode host Georgetown Law professor Jonah Perlin speaks with Judge Robert Bacharach who is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prior to becoming a federal appeals court judge in 2013, Judge Bacharach served as a Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma for 14 years and before that as a litigator at the Oklahoma City law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Judge Bacharach started his legal career as a law clerk on the 10th Circuit for Judge William Holloway Jr., whose seat he now holds. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the Washington University Law School.

Judge Bacharach also recently published the book, Legal Writing: A Judge's Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word published by the ABA.

In the conversation they discuss his path to the bench, his process for hearing cases and crafting judicial opinions, and his general approach to legal writing as embodied in his recent book which draws on his years of experience on the bench as well as the fields of rhetoric and psycholinguistics."

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