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Sorry, Your Honor, That Name Is Taken

Scalia Picks Another Title For His New Book

From one author* to another, MIPTC wishes to thank Justice Antonin Scalia and his co-author, Byran Garner, for not choosing this blog's name as the title for his upcoming book, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.  The trademark for this blog's title is taken, and it belongs to this author. 

Law.com's Tony Mauro, Supreme Court reporter extraordinaire, informs us that Justice Scalia briefly considered using May It Please The Court for the title of his yet-to-be-published book, but elected otherwise because the name was already in use.

Whew.

I can't imagine sending a Cease & Desist letter to Justice Scalia.  Imagine, indeed.  After all, it just might end up displayed on Chilling Effects, let alone the possibility that he might mention such a letter the next time I appear in front of the Supreme Court.  That appearance has yet to happen for this Supreme-Court-hopeful-litigator, however.  Someday.

But I might not be the only one complaining.  Leonard Rivkin, the author of the actual book by the very same name, May It Please The Court, could also have something to say.  He (or his publisher) owns the copyright to that title.  Although I haven't talked to Mr. Rivkin about it, I suspect he wouldn't worry as much as I would about sending that letter to the good justice.  Mr. Rivkin is slightly more experienced than Justice Scalia. 

Apart from this near miss, Mr. Rivkin and I agreed long ago that he would allow me to use the May It Please The Court title for this blog, and in return I agreed to promote his book over there on the left navigation bar. 

I suspect that had Justice Scalia or Mr. Garner asked, the four of us would likewise have been able to work something out.   That's right your honor, just give me a call.  Happy to talk with you about it.  949-833-3088. 

Right.  That's going to happen . 

In the meantime, you can buy  Mr. Rivkin's book while you're waiting for Justice Scalia and Mr. Garner's book to be published.  Their new book will certainly be a bestseller among lawyers, judges, law professors and students.  They're both tremendous legal writers, at least in this humble writer's opinion.

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Stay tuned to this space for an upcoming announcement of a book by this author. 

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