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Judicial Humor

Sources on the lighter side of the law, including court opinions.


Note: HeinOnline is a UW Restricted source.

Articles are listed from most recent to oldest.

Mary B. Trevor, From Ostriches to Sci-Fi: A Social Science Analysis of the Impact of Humor in Judicial Opinions, 45 U. Tol. L. Rev. 291 (2014). HeinOnline

Lucas K. Hori, Bon Mots, Buffonery, and the Bench: The Role of Humor in Judicial Opinions, 60 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 16.

Stephen Kruger, A Packet of Purported Legal Humor, 16 J. Jurisprudence 589 (2012).

John G. Browning, Saying it with Style, Tex. B. J., Feb. 2011, at 152.
Funny case names (e.g., Schmuck v. United States, Batman v. Commissioner, Juicy Whip v. Orange Bang, Death v. Graves).

Laura Krugman Rey, Laughter at the Court: The Supreme Court as a Source of Humor. 79 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1397 (2006). HeinOnline

Mary Kate Kearney, The Propriety of Poetry in Judicial Opinions, 12 Widener L.J. 597 (2003). HeinOnline

Thomas E. Baker, A Compendium of Clever and Amusing Law Review Writings, 51 Drake L. Rev. 105 (2002). HeinOnline

Thomas E. Baker, A Review of Corpus Juris Humorous, 24 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 869 (1993). HeinOnline

Judge Alex Kozinski & Eugene Volokh, Lawsuit, Shmawsuit, 103 Yale L. J. 463 (1993). HeinOnline

Michael Saint-Onge, Legal Levity, Law Libr. Lights, Jan./Feb. 1992, at 9. HeinOnline

Susan K. Rushing, Student Essay, Is Judicial Humor Judicious?, 1 Scribes J. Legal Writing 125 (1990). HeinOnline

George Rose Smith, A Critique of Judicial Humor, 43 Ark. L. Rev. 1(1990). HeinOnline

Marshall Rudolph, Judicial Humor: A Laughing Matter? 41 Hastings L.J. 175 (1989). HeinOnline

Adalberto Jordan, Imagery, Humor, and the Judicial Opinion, 41 U. Miami L. Rev. 693 (1987). HeinOnline