Professor Jennifer North

Professor at Charleston School of Law

Introvert, Dear

For my LRAW II students who will start oral advocacy this semester, interesting stuff here. For a long time I have noticed that students have very different talents. One reason I love this second semester of legal writing so much is because when we combine writing and speaking, finally everyone finds a connection to their own personal strength.

There's a good reason introverts are quiet.

Only In South Carolina

Fun stuff for a weekend adventure.

Be more adventurous this year.


Not law, but still pretty cool. Adam is a super nice guy if you ever run into him around town. 😎

Huge shoutout to Charleston’s Adam Gorlitsy, who broke a Guinness World Record when he completed the Charleston Marathon this weekend. 🏆 Gorlitsky is paralyzed from the waist down and walked the entire 26 miles using a robotic exoskeleton. It took him 33 hours, 50 minutes, 24 seconds. 👏 👏


Did you know most lawyers are introverts? Happy New Year everyone!! 🎈🎆🎊

Happy #worldintrovertday !

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Justices turn aside major case on homelessness law - SCOTUSblog

In one of my office memos, the issue is search and seizure, but the setting is a homeless camp, so this case may be of interest to those students who worked on this memo. The Ninth Circuit held that homelessness could not be criminalized, agreeing with the litigants who claimed that punishment for living in public amounted to a violation of the Eighth Amendment. The Supreme Court denied cert. on the issue. Twenty cities with homeless problems had joined Boise, Idaho, via amicus brief to argue that the Ninth Circuit had created a de facto Constitutional right to live on sidewalks and in parks, and that the cities will have difficulty maintaining health and safety of their citizens. The issue was framed as: Whether the enforcement of generally applicable laws regulating public camping and sleeping constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment” prohibited by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

City of Idaho v. Martin. This morning the Supreme Court issued more orders from last week’s private conference. After adding five new cases to their docket on Friday, including three cases involving disputes over access to President Donald Trump’s financial records, the justices did not grant any new cases today, nor di...

Do you know about South Carolina’s “Monkey Island”?

Here's something I don't think a lot of people know about. Learned about it when I lived in Beaufort. “Monkey Island”, officially named Morgan Island, is a tiny Lowcountry island inhabited by nearly 4000 monkeys! It’s one of only two Rhesus Monkey colonies in the U.S. Though it can be difficult to find on a map, it’s located north of St Helena Island where the Coosaw and Morgan Rivers meet. ...

Small-Firm Lawyer Tells Biglaw Team To ‘Eat Bowl Of Dicks’ During Settlement Negotiations

It’s against my better judgment to post this, because it is so foul, but since it’s actually real, and some lawyer actually did this, you need to be informed of how to stay away from being highlighted on Above the Law. Please don’t use this language in professional negotiations! Don't try this 'confidential negotiating tactic' in practice, folks.

Several hurt in Hague stabbing spree

Despite The Hague being the capital city in the Netherlands, and a center for international law, it is really a very sleepy town. They roll up the streets about 9 pm. I’m so sorry to see something like this happen there. Three people were wounded on Friday after a knife-wielding man went on a stabbing spree in the main shopping street of The Hague.

Shovels & Rope Stono River Blues

This is cool.

Unofficial music video. Never officially released. Not endorsed by the band or label.

Congrats to all, and special well done to Matt, our former LRAW fellow, and my former students Calvin, Mark, and Destiny!

Welcome to our newest members!

Marine Corps Recruiting

Happy Birthday to all the Devil Dogs out there! 244 today!

Happy Birthday Marines! For the first time in 244 years, the Marine Corps has a cadence dedicated to its birthday. Watch the entire video:


What are you dressing up as? I’m actually participating tomorrow! Happy Halloween! 🎃

These are the CUTEST trick-or-treaters EVER! 😍
The Rescued Boys

Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great science paper

A Pulitzer Prize winner gives tips for writing academic papers. Good writing is good writing, no matter where it’s found! The Pulitzer prizewinner shares his advice for pleasing readers, editors and yourself.

The Ruth Institute

Laugh in the Afternoon

An Introduction to Constitutional Law » Assoc. Justices » Robert Houghwout Jackson

On this day in 1954, my favorite Supreme Court justice, Justice Robert Jackson, died.

Tractor Trails Of Protesting Dutch Farmers Snarl Traffic for Hundreds Of Miles

Hague students... 🇳🇱 Farmers say their livestock and operations are being unfairly blamed for greenhouse gas emissions. They descended on The Hague, causing what's been called the country's worst morning rush hour.

Hanging out down at the docks ... with the Maritime Law Society. 🚢🇺🇸😉

Charleston School of Law | Moot Court Board announces internal competition winners and board members

Congrats to the newest members of the Moot Court Board, especially to my former students Anne, Rachel, Michael, and Stephanie, and our LRAW Fellows Dominque and Hannah! Sept. 27, 2019 – The Charleston School of Law Moot Court Board completed its annual internal competition, culminating with the final round at the Charleston Music Hall on September 18. Finalists were Thomas Krahe and Catherine Etchells, representing the appellee, and Michael Tadros and Anne Huebsc...

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We are so excited to announce our Annual Harbor Cruise will be held September 27th! Tickets are $35 each or $30 if you purchase two or more. Contact Kendall at [email protected] | 2406761599 or Landon at [email protected] for tickets and more information! We can't wait to see you there!

The Weight | Featuring Robbie Robertson | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Not law related, but one of the best things I’ve ever seen. So much behind this simple song, musicians from around the world, and presentation. Wonderful.

We’re excited to share our newest Song Around The World, “The Weight,” featuring musicians performing together across 5 continents. Great songs can travel ev...

Congratulations to the newest members of Law Review. Shout out especially to my former students Mark, Anne, Rachel, Mandee, and Michael! Well done.

Please help us welcome our new members for Volume XIV!!

Huge shout out to Rachel Red Photography for taking some great pictures of induction!

Fourth crew member rescued from overturned cargo ship, Coast Guard says

This is a great maritime story! The Golden Ray cargo ship overturned while leaving a port on the Georgia coast


Hilarious idea for an extended study break...don’t be so serious all the time! #waterguns

"YOU WANNA GO BRO!?" Super soakers bring out the very best in people... 😂💦

So true. 😄

Updated Dorian track with timing...

Brain Pickings

One of my favorite self-improvement topics: growth mindset! The science proves that a growth mindset leads to more success and happiness. 😉

Fixed vs. Growth – the 2 basic mindsets that shape our lives and how to cultivate the far more fruitful one

Hey 1Ls! When I met you all a couple of weeks ago I found out that so many of you are not from here! This means you may not have experienced a hurricane. Unfortunately, we have had a lot of experience with them lately. We get to practice every year!

Anyway, stay calm and make two plans. The first plan is for your evacuation. CSOL will give you plenty (!) of time to get out of town. You do not normally have to go too far to get out of the way. There is no need to make a multi-state trek. A couple of hours in the other direction is enough. Remember coming back from far away is usually a problem and no guarantees you will be able to get back when school starts back up again. (Do take your books so you can study). This is the least stressful way to evacuate, in my opinion.

The second plan is for if you stay. Officially you should heed the governor's evacuation order if it comes, but not everyone does. If you stay be aware that you may have to deal with flooding and power outages. All preparations should be done by 48 hours in advance of the storm. If you live in a place that floods you need to go. Do not drive into flood waters whatsoever!

Personally, I do not make any decision on staying or going until, at the earliest, 48 hours before projected landfall/impact. As you can see in the last few days, so much has changed about the course that a lot of energy can be wasted if decisions are made before the path is really finalized. Once things seem pretty settled then you can decide on which plan to execute (and this is usually just a day or two before the storm). Of course, always do what you think is best for your circumstances (it is more than ok to be safe rather than sorry) and let me know if I can help!

Hurricane #Dorian is now an extremely-dangerous, Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 180 mph -- and it's still strengthening. The National Hurricane Center is calling for up to 18-23 feet of storm surge for the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas as the storm nears landfall. Catastrophic damage is expected for the northern Bahamian islands.

In terms of the US, a Hurricane Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line, a Storm Surge Watch has also been issued from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line, and a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Lake Okeechobee. The exact track of Dorian remains somewhat uncertain, with any shift of the west having the potential to bring significant impacts to the east coast of Florida. The entire Floridian and Southeast coast needs to continue to monitor the latest forecasts for Dorian. Track with the Hurricane Tracker App at

SECNAV orders comprehensive review of Navy, Marine Corps JAGs

Whoa. Military lawyers are not immune from acting badly. Not a good look. 🇺🇸 More fallout from a botched SEAL war crimes trial.

As many of you know I have spent July in The Hague, Netherlands, teaching and directing the Stetson Law study abroad program. I am grateful for the experience to participate in this program and to have been able to visit these two world courts. I encourage everyone to learn something of international law. Gaining perspective and having the ability to compare systems enhances your individual development and of course may open doors you may not even know exist. 🇺🇸🇳🇱

You are invited...

Both speakers will be great, but Ilya Shapiro is a very well known libertarian constitutional scholar and legal commentator. Highly recommend putting this on your calendar!

Derek Bush: Answering the call to service

This is really nice profile of one of my former students. So happy to see our alumni doing well and making a difference! Derek M. Bush always felt called to service, and he answered that call as an assistant public defender.

Study: Taking a break – even for 10 seconds – helps your brain learn

Hey Bar Preppers....;) You wouldn't think even a 10-second break would help, but it does.

Commonly Interchanged in Parlance and Commonly Confused in Writing - Attorney at Work

There's no time like summer to brush up on your English! ;) There are certain commonly interchanged words with specific meanings that have acquired common (mis)usage in our writing.

The Damage That Harvard Has Done

Everyone deserves a proper legal defense, regardless of the crime of which they are accused. Without a vigorous defense, our justice system is in peril.

A Harvard professor had been on the defense team for Harvey Weinstein. He and his family have been harassed to the point where he was removed from his professional duties as dean of a residence hall. Students said they felt unsafe because of his legal representation of Weinstein.

Harvard administration and Harvard undergraduates don't seem to understand that our justice system (the best in the world) is built on the premise of due process. Legal representation is in place to ensure the government does not violate those rights - the rights that all of us enjoy. Unfortunately Harvard, which we presume to be filled with lots of smart people, has sent a message that mobs get to pick and choose who will get legal representation.

The kinds of cases where the defendants are most reviled are the ones where it is most important to protect due process. Criminal defense attorneys ensure the government meets its burden of proof and does not run roughshod over our constitutional rights. This protects all of us. I hope these people never need a defense attorney to understand this. The institution removed Ronald Sullivan as faculty dean after students criticized his decision to help mount Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense.

Jack Seale on Twitter

Study break! No context needed to appreciate this laugh! “Classic three-act narrative structure”

Every Pronoun Must Go

Hey everyone, hope exams are going well! I am sharing this opinion piece because it touches on something very near to my heart: Maritime Jurisprudence!

A maritime museum in Scotland is removing references to vessels as "she" or "her." This is sorely misguided, and shows that those complaining have no understanding of maritime history or law. All maritime students know about personification theory in admiralty. A vessel is thought of as its own entity that stands in place of a real live person! A person is not an "it" so that pronoun cannot be properly substituted for vessels!! "She" and "her" are not derogatory terms either, and it is a tradition as old as any. There is a mystique and magical quality to seafaring that ought remain intact. There is no reason to start erasing the way we speak of ships from history and law.

Just as aside on the pronoun issue generally, I do not favor using "they" as a substitute for someone who doesn't want to be referred to by either "he" or "she." "They" is plural and the use of it should never be for a singular person or object (you know how much of a pet peeve this is of mine!). As a legal writing teacher I favor clarity in language and so if a new word is necessary for a new concept, then create one. English does not need to be static and unchanging, but allowing "they" to refer to singular things introduces confusion and ambiguity. We do have to be careful with our language, be sensitive, but be logical too. Accuracy, concision, and clarity! To root out gender inequity, we must search every corner.

Garden & Gun Magazine

Study break!!! Science has proven that looking at pictures of puppies helps people de-stress. Click, scroll, and let your worries wash away.

Stop what you're doing.

US Supreme Court Tells Lawyers: Write Tighter | National Law Journal

No surplusage! “While the rule change is not ideal for practitioners, I think it’s a solution that they can live with, one veteran appellate advocate says.

Chief Justice John Roberts on the topic of writing

Well, he ought to know....

Bryan Garner conducted a series of interviews with eight of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices. In this episode, Chief Justice John Roberts answers questio...

Great talk by Judge Batchelder! Thanks to all who came out to welcome her to CSOL!

It was such a pleasure hosting the Hon. Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit yesterday for a lunchtime Q&A. Thank you to the Federalist Society for organizing this event. #charlestonlaw #federalistsociety #sixthcircuitcourt

Kim Kardashian reveals she plans on taking the bar exam in 2022

Well, her dad *was* on the Dream Team...

This would be quite a turnabout of type, but I wish her luck!

In an interview with Vogue magazine, the reality star, 38, said her decision to pursue a career in law was sparked by her work granting Alice Marie Johnson clemency last year.

So proud of these two teams! This weekend we competed in the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition held in Charleston at CSOL. Great motivation and work ethic, quick wit and intelligence, and all-around phenomenal teammates and future lawyers!

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