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Judicial Humor

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


Note: HeinOnline is a UW Restricted source.

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

JudgeJohn 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 Lucas K. Hori, Bons Mots, Buffonery, and the Bench: The Role of Humor in Judicial Opinions, 60 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 16 (2012)

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Lubet, Bullying from the Bench, 5 Green Bag 2d 11 (2001)

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

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

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

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

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