Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Rule 11, Y'All

Following Emily's lead, I am F.R.C.P. 11. Take that, Throckmorton!


You were designed to make sure that attorneys in

federal cases make reasonable inquiries into

fact and law before submitting pleadings,

motions, or other papers. You were a real

hardass in 1983, when you snuffed out all

legal creativity from federal proceedings and

embarassed well-meaning but overzealous

attorneys. You loosened up a bit in 1993,

when you began allowing plaintiffs to make

allegations in their complaints that are

likely to have evidenciary support after

discovery, and when you allowed a 21 day

period for the erring attorney to withdraw

the errant motion. Sure, you certainly won't

get any brownie points for being outgoing,

but you keep things on the up and up. It's

pretty clear that the whole operation would

fall apart without you around.

Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Are You?
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Blogger emily said...

so, given these two quizzes, as Rule 11 the operation would fall apart without you around, but as noscitur a socii you're useless by yourself?


i am totally jealous of your Rule 11-ness...

3:48 PM  

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