My Review of The Bluebook: The Reviews Are In!

Well, our long national nightmare is over. The Spring 2017 volume of the Journal of Legal Education has hit the digital newsstands; this volume includes my review essay on the latest edition of every lawyer’s favorite citation guide, The Bluebook. Early reviews of my essay have been uniformly… mediocre:

“[David Ziff] reviews the Bluebook”
Ryan Calo, UW School of Law

Cristian Farias, Huffington Post

“Everybody knows The Bluebook sucks. What this article presupposes is—maybe it doesn’t?”
Ron FisherLatham & Watkins

“I nearly puked but I’ll still read it”
Sasha Moss, R Street Institute

“Scariest thing I’ve seen today… by far!”
Eric Segall, Georgia State University College of Law

“Anyone who wrote a 27 page book review of the Bluebook is not to be trusted.”
Jim Tyre, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Okay, so maybe those reviews are not great. But I’m pretty sure they were offered in the playful spirit shared by the essay itself. Seriously. I figured I couldn’t take myself too seriously while writing a 27-page book review of a legal citation manual. So while I certainly intended the essay to raise some important issues, I also tried to make it a fun read. I hope you enjoy it!


Lawyers Dress for Success!

I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing cases and commenting on legal issues here on this blog. However, my most popular post ever may well be this post about a lawyer fashion shoot over at the WSJ.

In keeping with that theme, I was happy to find a chapter on lawyer fashion while reading through The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law by Mark Herrmann.

And because I know you love lawyer fashion, and because my goal is to give readers what they want, I’ve taken the liberty of posting, in its entirety, Chapter 8 of Herrmann’s book entitled “Dress for Success.” Full chapter after the jump: Continue reading

Lawyer Fashion Show!

When I was a NYC lawyer, I would often wear jeans and casual shirts and sneakers to the office — unless I had a court appearance or a client meeting, in which case I wore a suit. I followed pretty much the same rules here in Seattle, although I ditched the sneakers in favor of something leather.  I pretty much always wore a suit to depositions, regardless of whether I was taking, defending, or just watching, and I never really got used to the Seattle custom of dressing casually for depositions. Yes, I know the lawyer is not on camera, and there is no judge present, but still…

That’s all a long introduction for this: I don’t think I am qualified to speak on the fashion sensibilities of Seattle litigators. But regardless of whether you think you need fashion tips, or want fashion tips, or care about fashion tips, I bet you’d enjoy a good lawyer fashion show.

And here it is, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal and the lawyers at Proskauer Rose LLP.  What are the fashion sensibilities of the Proskauer lawyers?  Their sensibilities are as follows:

Proskauer employees tend to dress formally for client meetings and court appearances, in line with other white-shoe firms, but otherwise they follow a “business casual” aesthetic. Pops of bright color, peep-toe shoes and prints are all fair game.

You can look at the whole interactive fashion slideshow at the WSJ site.  Your first taste is here:

You’re welcome!