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FAMU Law School Legal Writing Director embarrassed by grammatical errors, nonsensical passages in Paper

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St. Petersburg Times: Errors mar law prof’s paper, Hat tip to How Appealing.

The paper — which Dawson had removed from the site after the Times began asking questions — is peppered with spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. Even the title is off: “Environmental Dispute Resolution: Developing Mechanisims (sic) for Effective Transnational Enforcement of International Environmental Standards.”

Examples of clumsy writing can be found throughout: “Old pipes, rusty and in possible need of repair, run above ground, crisscrossing every which way in cumbersome clusters may have experienced undetected leaks.”

Another example: “He consulted with government officials and he sent his general manager of asset management representative repeatedly crossed the creek to negotiate with village leaders of Ugborodo during the women’s 10-day occupation.”

Another example of where something posted online can come back to haunt you. Apparently a more thoroughly edited version appeared in the Fall 2006 edition of the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review.

The idea of teaching legal research and writing strikes me as somewhere between the 4th and 6th circle of hell, but you never know. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to break out the old spell check on the Blawgraphy.

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