June 6, 2016

Batter Patter: Potuto on Baseball and Legal Argument

Josephine R. Potuto, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, College of Law, has published Swinging at the Facts: How Baseball Informs Legal Argument. Here is the abstract.
In this article, I use baseball as a springboard for discussing persuasive legal argument. In particular, I compare a lawyer making a legal argument to a batter at the plate. A batter with a well-made bat is poised to hit, but he or she still must connect with the ball. A lawyer with an accurate and complete rendition of applicable black letter law is poised to craft a persuasive argument, but he or she still must connect with the facts. The article was great fun to write (especially the footnotes), and, I hope, will be fun to read. I also hope it is instructive on the subject of written advocacy and also on the subject of baseball. Baseball long has held fascination for legal scholars. This article joins the long line of law review articles that use baseball as focus or jumping off point.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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