Scribes Awards Luncheon 2015

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--will hold an award luncheon in Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting.  Awards will be presented for the best new book in legal writing and for the best student-written briefs from moot court competitions.

The luncheon will feature a special presentation of the Scribes Lifetime-Achievement Award to The Right Honorable, the Lord Woolf, with comments by Lord Woolf.  Lord Woolf was Master of the Rolls from 1996 until 2000 and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2000 until 2005. The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 made him the first Lord Chief Justice to be President of the Courts of England and Wales. He has also been a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong since 2003.

Also during the luncheon, keynote speaker Bryan A. Garner will share The Biggest Secret for Clear and Persuasive Writing at the 2015 Scribes Awards Luncheon in Chicago. Bryan Garner has written several books about English usage and style, including Garner's Modern American Usage and Elements of Legal Style. He is the editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary and he has coauthored two books with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (2008) and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (2012). He is the Founder and president of LawProse, Inc. and serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law.

In addition to the award presentations and speaker, the event will mark the installation of the new officers for Scribes. The current Scribes president completing her term on August 1st is Darby Dickerson, Dean at Texas Tech University School of Law and the W. Frank Newton Endowed Professor at that school. She will be replaced by incoming president Justice Michael Hyman of the Illinois Supreme Court, a former president of the Chicago Bar Association.

Here is the information about the luncheon, including how to order tickets:

Saturday, August 1, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Swissotel, Edelweiss I Room, 43rd Floor
323 Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois
$75 per person
$50 for Judges, Government Employees, Young Lawyers, Law Professors, and Law Students

RSVP to by July 17 with your choice of lunch entrée: chicken or vegetarian. For questions, go to or call (806) 834-5792.


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