Most Embarrassing Moment

Submitted by patentadmin on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 21:07

Many laypersons, f/k/a laymen, find lawyers’ writings to be incomprehensible. Now, a federal judge does too.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell has denied a motion filed by attorney David W. Glasser, finding it to be “riddled with unprofessional grammatical and typographical errors that nearly render the entire motion incomprehensible.” The judge marked the errors, in red, on the motion papers and returned them to the attorney with instructions to send a copy to the attorney’s client.

The judge also noted that the attorney had failed to obtain a required stipulation from the opposing party as required by applicable court rules and ordered the attorney to re-read both the local and federal procedural rules in their entireties.

THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED (by lawyers): Ignorance of the rules is bad; ignorance coupled with bad grammar is worse.

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