15:25, April 05 217 0 abajournal.com

2017-04-05 15:25:05
Have you ever quoted a song lyric or poem in a legal submission?

Bob Dylan is the most-cited songwriter in U.S. judicial opinions, law prof Philip N. Meyer writes in the April issue of the ABA Journal.

“And these citations are not merely add-ons or throwaways providing appellate judges and Supreme Court justices with the opportunity to display stylistic flair or pop culture literacy,” Meyer writes. “Indeed, just the opposite: Dylan’s lyrics are intrinsic to the judicial reasoning in appellate opinions.”

This week, we’d like to ask you: Have you ever quoted a song lyric or poem in a legal submission? Or quoted sources beyond the law? If so, why did you? If you’d never make a popular culture reference in a legal brief, tell us why not.

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