21 Legal Writing: J. Legal Writing Inst. iii (2016)

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EDITOR'S NOTE

    Welcome  to the twenty-first volume of Legal Writing: The Jour-
nal of the Legal Writing Institute.
    Oh, the places you'll go!' This is the title to a popular Dr.
Seuss book that is usually given as a gift for graduations. But this
title is also a good theme for volume 21, our second online volume,
and the end of my ten years of service to the Editorial Board of this
Journal.
    Oh, the places [technology will] go!2 Volume 21 begins with
three essays written by  distinguished jurists who are thinking
about technology and its impact on their courtrooms and chambers.
As we  saw with this Journal when  we transitioned to publishing
exclusively online with volume 20, technology is impacting legal
education and the profession in different ways. And our jurists dis-
cuss how technology has changed everything from our workplace,
to the dissemination of information through court websites, to the
decision to read and edit documents in hard copy or electronically.
Our  Assistant Editor in Chief for Essays, Terry Pollman sums it
best when  she said, [T]hese essays illuminate the complex inter-
action between the medium  and the message.3
    Oh, the places [our ideas will] go!4 The authors of the articles
featured in volume  21, make us think further about persuasion,
attorneys' skills, and visual rhetoric. The first article in this Vol-
ume,  Ethos, Character, and Discoursal Self in Persuasive Legal
Writing,5 is written by this Journal's first Editor in Chief, Chris
Rideout. Character plays a primary role in persuasion, but [h]ow
does a writer or speaker evince, or create, a convincing character?6
The answer  is through ethos. However, looking throughout history,
a dichotomy appears between  whether ethos is seen in the credibil-
ity of the  advocate's character  (the qualities of the actual


   1. DR. SEUSS, OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL Go! (1990).
   2. See id.
   3. Terrill Pollman, Introduction to Essays on Technology in Courtrooms and Judicial
Chambers, 21 LEGAL WRITING 1, 3 (2016).
   4. See DR. SEUSS, supra note 1.
   5. J. Christopher Rideout, Ethos, Character, and Discoursal Self in Persuasive Legal
Writing, 21 LEGAL WRITING 19 (2016).
   6. Id. at 19, 20.

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