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May 2008 Issue

Cover Story

A Voice for the Write

When legal writing expert Bryan A. Garner set out to in­terview all nine U.S. Supreme Court justices for his website, at, he found one jus­­tice particularly compatible: Antonin Scalia. “I found on a personal level that he and I clicked,” says Garner.

Measured only by their contrasting voices, they seem an unlikely duo: Dallas native Garner’s broad Texas drawl, Scalia’s lively New York-bred tempo.

But they are united in their devotion to the written and spoken word—no matter the accent.

The result: Their just-published collaborative tutorial, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.

In March, the ABA Journal’s Richard Brust sat down with Scalia in the Supreme Court’s Lawyers’ Lounge—joined by Garner in teleconference—to talk about writing and oral argument. Highlights of that conversation appear below.

Feature Section

    Making Your Case

    The art of persuading judges.

    Learning the Hard Way

    Michael Burke lost his freedom and his license to practice. But along the way, he learned some important truths about himself and the law. He’s not alone.

ABA Connection

Plotting Against Probate

Efforts by estate planners, courts and legislatures to minimize probate haven’t killed it yet.

Supreme Court Report

Trumping the States

McElhaney on Litigation

Put Simply, Make Your Experts Teach

Corner Office

Best for the Business

Solo Network

Summer Shadows

President's Message

Strengthening Our Foundation

Executive Director's Report

It’s a Small World

Report from Governmental Affairs

In Need of a Fix


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Letters to the Editor

Mac Mavens Speak Up