The Top Dozen Grammatical Gaffes in the 2010-2011 Law-Review Season

Vol. 40 No. 6


Bryan A. Garner is the president of LawProse, Inc. ( He is the author of many widely used books, including Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (with Justice Antonin Scalia), Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage, and Garner’s Modern American Usage. He is the editor in chief of all current editions of Black’s Law Dictionary.

“A lawyer,” wrote the great advocate Frederick Bernays Wiener, “is a professional in whom bad English should not be tolerated.” And where, you might wonder, are you least likely to encounter bad English? Perhaps in law reviews—which are so heavily edited by battalions of our best law students serving as red-pencil-wielding editors and fact-checkers.

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