Monday, February 24, 2014

Rhyme Time

Pop Quiz: What do the Beatles and Justin Bieber (and Prince, Whitney Houston, Adele, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West) have in common? These musical acts rely on the most common rhyming couplet in pop music history, rhyming the words "do" and "you."

Why should law students care? Well, judges are not without their idiosyncrasies, including writing the occasional rhyming judicial opinion. Why not make the most of a clerkship and seek out these judicial officers. Justice Michael Eakin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is one such example of a judge known for his rhyme style. Here's a small sample:
Our appellant decided she ought to invest
In two breeding emus, but their conjugal nest
Produced no chicks, so she tried to regain
Her purchase money, but alas in vain.


Here are more examples of judicial humor and style at its finest.

Ready to try your hand? Grab one of our rhyming dictionaries and get started.