Lawyers | Poets | Poetry

Professor James R. Elkins
College of Law
:: West Virginia University

Legal Verse


"Even prosaic and repellant things can become the theme of poetry."

"Literature and the Practical World," in Joseph S. Auerbach, Essays and Miscellanies 243-312, at 297 (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1914)(vol.1) [Joseph Auerbach was a lawyer and a poet.]

Poetry on Law

Hank Lazer, "Law-Poems" [on-line text] [Lazer's epilogue] [commentary by: Michael Martone | Glenn Mott | Joseph Hornsby | Wythe Holt | Yuante Huang | Phil Beidler]

And Lawyers

Carl Sandburg, "Lawyers" [Cornhusker (1918)] [on-line text]

Paul Lawrence Dunbar, "The Lawyer's Ways" [from The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1913)]
[on-line text] [youTube presentation]

Robert Frost, "The Self-seeker" [in North of Boston, 1915] [on-line text]

Richard S. Bank, "Doing Lineups on My Birthday" [on-line text]

Paul McLaughlin, Lawyer Poems [on-line text]

Mark C. Bruce, "Plea Bargain, June 29" [on-line text]

Evan Schaeffer, "To Their Coy Summer Associates" [on-line text]

Contemporary Legal Verse :: Law/Lawyer-Related Poetry

James R. Elkins (ed.), Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law: An Anthology of Poems about the Practice of Law (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013)

The poems in the anthology appeared over the period of a decade in the Legal Studies Forum and were selected from the following lawyer- and law-related poemsL

Legal Studies Forum, vol. 28 (2004):

Lawrence Russ, "Found Objects" (pp. 188-189) [on-line text]

Paul Homer, "Lament" (p. 247), "Summary Judgment" (p. 255), "A Statutorily Protected Class" (p. 263), "A Literary Guide to Advanced Legal Writing" (p. 275), "Draft of a Lease" (p. 281), "The Lease" (282) [on-line text]

Nancy A. Henry, "Baby's First Bath" (p. 305), "Wax" (pp. 307-308) [on-line text]

David Bristol, "Judgment at Lums" (p. 388) [on-line text]

Jendi Reiter, "1-800-DIVORCE" (pp. 350-351) [on-line text]

John Perrault, "Palace of Justice" (p. 368) [on-line text]

Ace Boggess, "Law School" (p. 386) [on-line text]

Steven M. Richman, "Letters of Credit" (p. 407), "Relocation" (p. 408), "The Old Judge" (p. 410), "Opening Statement" (p. 411) [on-line text]

Barbara B. Rollins, "The Man Child" (pp. 415-416) [on-line text]

Richard S. Bank, "Commonwealth v. Wright, 317 A.2nd 271" (p. 417), "End of an Era" (p. 418), "PDPOM #102" (pp. 419-420), "PDPOM #21" (p. 421), "In re Grand Jury Matter 87-759" (p. 422), "Taking the Damage Out" (p. 433) [on-line text]

Lawrence Joseph, "Curriculum Vitae" (pp. 535-536) [on-line text]

Martín Espada, "Offerings to an Ulcerated God" (p. 551), "The Prisoners of Saint Lawrence" (p. 552), "Sing in the Voice of a God Even Atheists Can Hear" (pp. 553-554), "Tires Stacked in the Hallways of Civilization" (p. 555), "DSS Dream" (p. 556) [on-line text]

Simon Perchik, untitled (p. 603) [on-line text]

Greg McBride, "After Memo-Writing" (p. 661) [on-line text]

Law/Lawyer-Related Poetry in the Legal Studies Forum, vol. 29 (2005):

Lori Mach, untitled (p. 273) [on-line text]

Richard Krech, "Life on Appeal (p. 316), "In Chambers" (pp. 317-318) [on-line text]

Katya Giritsky, "South Court" (p. 399), "On Teaching Gang Law Seminars" (p. 400) [on-line text]

Ann Tweedy, "courtroom recess" (p. 411), "touring juvenile hall as part of the court of appeals" (p. 412) [on-line text]

Lee Wm. Atkinson, "Pattern Killer Ensnared" (p. 415) [on-line text]

Kenneth King, "Lawyer Dog" (pp. 419-420) [on-line text]

Richard Bank, "Testation" (p. 421), "PDPOM #14--El Chupacabra" (p. 422) [on-line text]

M.C. Bruce, "Abogado!" (pp. 423-424), "Miracles" (p. 425), "Singing in the Courtroom" (p. 426), "Good Morning" (p. 427), "The Jury Returns" (p. 431) [on-line text]

Michael Sowder, "Former Attorney Offers Prayer of Thanksgiving For His New Job" (p. 477) [on-line text]

Paul Homer, "Informed Consent" (pp. 484-485), "The Trial of Joshua (a/k/a Jesus)" (pp. 488-493) [on-line text]

Howard Gofreed, "Neighbors" (p. 500), "Apostrophe" (pp. 501-502) [on-line text]

Evie Shockley, "the ballad of anita hill" (pp. 506-507) [on-line text]

Ace Boggess, ". . . Like All Petitioners He Must Wait (How Many Cups of Coffee in an Hour?" (p. 545) [on-line text]

Law/Lawyer-Related Poetry in the Legal Studies Forum, vol. 30 (2006):

Jesse Mountjoy, "Driving to a Tax Seminar / Notre Dame, Indiana" (p. 364) [on-line text]

David Leightty, "Off the Record" (p. 380), "The Courthouse Starlings" (p. 381), "Constitutionals" & "In the Office of an Attorney Specializing in Accident Cases" (p. 383) [on-line text]

Richard Krech, "Premeditated Deliberated & Intentional" (p. 392) [on-line text]

Lawrence Joseph, "The Game Changed" (pp. 480-481) [on-line text]

Lee Robinson, "Work" (pp. 560-561), "The Rules of Evidence" (p. 562), "Grounds for Divorce" (pp. 563-564) [on-line text]

Susan Ayres, "The Beauty Bar" (pp. 575-576) [on-line text]

Seth Abramson, "If You Ask Your Attorney to Be Concise" (p. 579) [on-line text]

Warren Wolfson, "Eleventh Floor Lies" (p. 587), "Misplaced Blame" (p. 588) [on-line text]

John Charles Kleefeld, "Boilerplate" (pp. 589-590) [on-line text]

Ann Tweedy, "Events Leading up to an Afterlife Meeting Between Terri Schiavo and Manadal al-Jamadi" (p. 620) [on-line text]

Rachel Contreni Flynn, "Poem on the Road to Depose" (p. 690) & "Slip & Fall" (p. 692) [on-line text]

Law/Lawyer-Related Poetry in the Legal Studies Forum, vol. 31 (2007):

John Levy, "My Client" (p. 623) [on-line text]

Charles Williams, [law school poems] (pp. 663-665) [on-line text]

Warren Wolfson, "At This Point" (p. 677) [on-line text]

Kathleen Winter, "In the Clutch" (p. 680) [on-line text]

Richard Bank, "Remembering Bill" (p. 722) [on-line text]

Law/Lawyer-Related Poetry in the Legal Studies Forum, vol. 32 (1) (2008):

John Crouch, "The Madman and the Law" (p. 401), "Will" (pp. 402-405), "Crowder v. Commonwealth" (pp. 406-7), "Smith v. United States" (pp. 408-410), "The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom" (pp. 411-413), "Rex ex rel. Skallagrimson et Ux v. Thorgeirson et Ux" (pp. 414-419), "Butler v. Crouch" (pp. 420-422) [on-line text]

MC Bruce, "Booking" (p. 199), "Marsden Motion" (p. 200), "Judgment" (p. 201) [on-line text]

Betsy McKenzie, "The House of the Law" (p. 203) [on-line text]

Lee Warner Brooks, "What the Law Is" (p. 314) [on-line text]

Richard Bank, "Death Row" (p. 397) [on-line text]

Law/Lawyer-Related Poetry in the Legal Studies Forum, vol. 32 (2) (2008):

Elizabeth J. Coleman, "Admission Against Interest" (p. 585) [on-line text]

Law/Lawyer-Related Poetry in the Legal Studies Forum, vol. 33 (2) (2009):

Bruce Laxalt, "Back Channel Debts" (pp. 127-129), "The Thrill of the Hunt, The Moment of the Kill" (pp. 132-134), "A Late Afternoon Breach in Their Ranks" (pp. 135-136), "Widow's Weeds" (p. 137), "The Establishment Man" (pp. 138-139), "Work in Progress" (pp. 141-142), "The Long Slow Art of Mentoring" (pp. 145-146) [on-line text]

Jesse Mountjoy, "Desk Calendar" (p. 169), "The Lawyer's Daily Time Log (for billing purposes)" (pp. 170-171), "Last Day of the Year" (p. 179) [on-line text]

Charles Reynard, "Juvenile Day" (pp. 229-230), "The Law of Love" (p. 231), "In the House of Law" (p. 232) [on-line text]

Elizabeth Coleman, "With All Faults" (p.251) [on-line text]

Tim Nolan Poems: "Work" and "Oklahoma," in his article, Poetry and the Practice of Law, S. Dak. L. Rev. 677, 687-690(2001) [on-line text]

Hank Lazer, "Law-Poems"

[on-line text] [An author's epilogue]

[commentary by: Michael Martone | Glenn Mott | Joseph Hornsby | Wythe Holt | Yuante Huang | Phil Beidler]

Legal Verse (in Law Reviews & Law Journals)

Beverly Ray Burlingame, "Polar Persiasion," Scribes J. Legal Writing 144 (1992)

Bentina Chisolm, “Our Pain," 2 Mich. J. Gender & L. 1 (1994)

George R. Craig, Irreverent Verse (Plus Some Irrelevant as Well)(poems), 7 Duq. L. Rev. 549 (1969)

Richard Craswell, "Ballad of Regulatory Reform," 1 Green Bad 2d 221 (1998)

_____________, "On the Importance of Lawyers," 1 Green Bag 2d 223 (1998)

_____________, "On Publishing Comic Verse in Law Reviews (A Manual of Style)," 38 J. Legal Educ. 359 (1988)

Lisa Demsky, “Judge," 5 Mich. J. Gender & L. 225 (1999)

J. Kendall Few, “Please Be Advised," Scribes J. Legal Writing 119 (1993)

Stephen F. Fink, “On First Looking into Spence’s ‘Justice,’” Scribes J. Legal Writing 121 (1993)

____________, "The Trial Lawyer," Scribes J. Legal Writing 143 (1992)

Alan E. Garfield, "Basic Assumption" (a poem based on Sherwood v. Walker), 57 S.M. U. L. Rev. 137 (2004)

Michele Goodwin, "Professional Rules and Responsibility: Whose Law?, 8 Mich J. Gender & L. 97 (2001)

Darrell Hancock, "Peggy Sue Revised," Scribes J. Legal Writing 146 (1992)

Steven Michelson, "How Do I Love Thee--A Poem by a Patent Attorney (Inspired by a Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning), 7 Green Bag 2d 201 (2003)

Robert E. Rains, "A Slippery Slope" (casenote in verse), 8 Green Bag 2d 117 (2004)

____________, "Out on a Limb” (verse), 82 Orgeon L. Rev. 933 (2003)

____________, "Nick-name” (verse), 25 Pa. Family Lawyer 121 (December, 2003)

____________, “Gerber v. Hickman, A Sperm Aside” (verse), 24 Pa. Family Lawyer 57 (July, 2002)

____________, "The Case of the Vanishing Law Student” (pverse), 4 Green Bag 2d 463 (2002)

____________, Courting Canine Custody, A Domestic Doggerel” (verse), 24 Pa. Family Lawyer 112 (December, 2002)

____________, "When You Wish to Be an R” (verse), 4 Green Bag 2d 333 (2001)

Leonard L. Riskin, "On Writing a Law Review Article," 49 J. Legal Educ. 150 (1999)

R. Perry Sentell, Torts in Verse: The Foundational Cases, 39 Ga. L. Rev. 1197 2005).

Maxwell L. Stearns, Maxwell L. "Poetic Law: A Statement on Intent,", 48 Vand. L. Rev. 195 (1995)

D. H. Swearingen, Law Becomes Poetry (poems), 27 Legal Stud. F. 697 (2003)

Christopher Dinwiddy Tussling, "A Law Reviewer Reminisces," Scribes J. Legal Writing 145 (1992).

John E. Wallace, "Unpublished Opinion Twelve-Hundred," 6 Green Bag 2d 331 (2003)

Brenda Waugh, "A Theory of Employment Discrimination," 40 J. Legal Educ. 113 (1990)

Laura Weinstock, "Ode to a Crim Teacher," 1 Hastings Women's L. J. 6 (1989)

William Wenthe, "The Assistant District Attorney Quits His Job," 75 Greensboro Rev. 3 (Spring, 2004)

Bibliography: Books

Irving Browne, Law and Lawyers in Literature (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1993)(reprint: Wm. W. Gaunt & Sons, 1982)

Bibliography: Articles & Essays

Walter R. Arnold, The Law and Poetry, 1 Notre Dame L. 77 (1926)

Edward V. Cattell, Jr., Poetry and the Silver Oar, 31 J. Maritime Law & Commerce 525 (2000)

Brady Coleman, Lord Denning & Justice Cardozo: The Judge as Poet-Philosopher, 32 Rutgers L. J. 485 (2001)

Adalberto Jordon, Imagery, Humor, and the Judicial Opinion, 41 U. Miami L. Rev. 693 (1987)

John C. Kleefeld, Rhyme and Reason (Sub Nom. The Dreadfulest Thing of All), 62 (3) The Advocate 351 (2004)

Anthony T. Kronman, Is Poetry Undemocratic? 16 Georgia St. U. L. Rev. 311 (1999)

Gabi E, Kupfer, Margaret's Missing Voice: Using Poetry to Explore Untold Stories in the Law, 21 Women's Rts. L. Rpt. 177 (2000)

Wayne R. LaFave, Mapp Revisited: Shakespeare, J., and Other Fourth Amendment Poets, 47 Stanford L. R. 261 (1995)

Steven Lubet & Alex J. Lubet, Intimations of Contemporary Law & Politics in the Early Oeuvre of Robert A. Zimmerman: The Dylan Code, 3 Green Bag 2d 459 (2000)

Andrew J. McClurg, Poetry in Commotion: Katko v. Briney and the Bards of First-Year Torts, 74 Oregon L. Rev. 823 (1995)

Frederick S. Tipson, A Memorandum in Verse, 7 Georgetown Int. Env’t L. Rev. 697 (1995)

D.H. Swearingen, On Hank Lazer, 29 Legal Stud. F. 59 (2005)

Bibliography (Legal Verse)

Donald S. Altschul, Legal Limericks (San Francisco: Survival Series Publishing Company, 1993)

Silas Balsam, Silas Balsam's Letters on Law, Repudiation and Honor (New York: Present Problems Publ. Co., 1896)(Jedediah Buck ed.)

John Bricuth, As Long as It's Big: A Narrative Poem (Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2005)

Bob Burns, The Way It Was ([Whiteville, North Carolina]: Robert H. Burns, Jr., 1995)

Charles M. Bush, Record of the Phantom Feast (Kansas City, Missouri: Charles M. Bush, 1925)

A.T. Cole, The Poetry of A.T. Cole (Brooklyn, New York: The Eagle Press, 1968)

J. Croke, Poems of the Law (San Francisco: S. Whitney, 1885)(Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein, 1986)(reprint edition)

_______, Lyrics of the Law: A Recital of Songs and Verses Pertinent to the Law and the Legal Profession (San Francisco: S. Whitney & Co., 1884)(Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein, 1986)(reprint edition)

Eli Edgar Fink, A Lawyer's Landscape ... the View from His Office (Tucson: Lawyers and Judges Pub. Co., 1976)

E. Burke Fisher, The Bench and Bar of Cuyahoga County: A Modern Epic (Cleveland: Published by the author, 1843)

William Frederic Foster, Latin Maxims of Anglo-American Law: Compiled and Translated into Verse (New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1924)

Harvey Edgar Hoover, The Lay of the Law, a Parody (Amarillo, Texas: Printed by Russell Stationery Co., 1931)

Andrew Hoyem, The Wake (San Francisco: The Auerhahn Press, 1963)

Percival E. Jackson (ed.), Justice and the Law: An Anthology of Legal Poetry and Verse (Charlottesville, Virginia: The Michie Co., 1960)

Edward R. Johnes, Briefs by a Barrister (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1879) [on-line text]

Hank Lazer, Doublespace: Poems 1971-1989 (New York: Segue, 1992)("Law-Poems," pp. 93-128)[reprinted in the Legal Studies Forum]

W. Barton Leach, Langdell Lyrics of 1938; Being an Anthology of Verse Perpetrated at the Harvard Law School Chiefly with Reference to the Course in Future Interests (Chicago: Pub. for private distribution by the Foundation Press, Inc., 1938)

James McKenna, The Common Law (Westbrook, Maine: Moon Pie Press, 2012)

Frederick Pollock, Leading Cases Done into English, and Other Diversions (Buffalo, New York: W.S. Hein, 1986) (New York: Macmillan 1892) [on-line text]

Alva Romanes, The Great Awakening (San Francisco: The Long Pub. Co., 1927)

Edward Siegel, Just Like a Lawyer: The Best and Verse of the Law in Rhyme and Limerick (Rochester, New York: Lawyers Cooperative Pub., 1993)

"Cal" Waldron, Quasi-Legal Tender (Minot, North Dakota: Lowe's Printing, Inc., 1968)

Cuming Walters, "The Law in Rhyme," in William Andrews (ed.), The Lawyer in History, Literature, and Humour 110-133 (London: William Andrews & Co., 1896)(Littleton, Colorado: F.B. Rothman, 1982)

Ira Russelle Warren (ed.), The Lawyers Alcove: Poems by the Lawyer, for the Lawyer, and about the Lawyer (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein, 1990)(New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900)

England (and Legal Verse):

Al-So [Alexander Somers], Lays of a Lazy Lawyer (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1891)

Michael Albery (ed.), Verses from Lincoln's Inn (London: [Lincoln's Inn], 1970)

Jerom Alley, The Judge, or, An estimate of the importance of the judicial character occasioned by the death of the late Lord Clare, Lord Chancellor of Ireland : a poem, in three cantos (London : Vernor and Hood, 1803)

William Reynell Anson, Ballads En Termes De La Ley (Originally Written for the Exclusive Use of the Trinity Lawyers) and Other Verses (Oxford: Printed for private circulation by Horace Hart, 1914)

John Anstey, The Pleader's Guide a Didactic Poem, in two parts: containing Mr. Surrebutter's poetical lectures on the conduct of a suit at law, including the arguments of Counsellor Bother'um & Counsellor Bore'um in an action for assault and battery betwixt John-a-Gull and John-a-Gudgeon (London: Printed for T. Cadel & W. Davis, 7th ed., 1815) [on-line text] (London: H. Butterworth, 1826)(Albany: William Gould & Son, 1870)(American ed. by James H. High) [on-line text]

E. Douglas Armour, Law Lyrics (Toronto: Canada Law Book Company, 1918)

George W. Bailey, Diagram of a Modern Law Suit, or, A Satire on Trial by Jury a poem ([St. Louis? : s.n.]: 1891)

Frederick Rudolph Barlee, Legal Jingles; including a collection of case-law verses, a memoria technica for students and others (Sydney: The Law Book Co. of Australasia, 1922).

Robert Bird, Law Lyrics (Glasgow: Wilson & McCormick, 1885) [on-line text] (London: Alexander Gardner, 2nd ed., 1887) [on-line text]

_________, More Law Lyrics (Edinburgh & London: Wm. Blackwood, 1898) [on-line text]

Reginald James Blewitt, The Court of Chancery (London: J. Kay, 1827)

Alexander Brome, A Record in Rithme being an essay towards the reformation of the law offer'd to the consideration of the committee appointed for that purpose ([London: s.n., 1969)(1660)

Ralph Broome, The Letters of Simkin the Second [pseud.] Poetic Recorder of All the Proceedings (London: J. Stockdale, 1789)

G. Butt, A Peep at the Wiltshire Assizes, a Serio-ludicrous Poem (Salisbury: Brodie and Dowding, 1819)

Terentius Carrighan,The Chancery Student's Guide in the form of a didactic poem, setting forth, in metrical verse, the outline and leading features of a chancery suit, from beginning to end, with a strict enumeration of the times within which the various steps and proceedings therein should be taken according to the latest orders and authorities (London: Wildy and Sons, 1850)

Edward Coke, The Reports of Sir Edward Coke, Knt. in verse: wherein the name of each case and the principal points are contained in two lines ... (Buffalo, New York: W.S. Hein, 1999)(J. Wesley Miller introd.) (London: Printer for R. Pheney, 3rd ed., 1826) [on-line text] ([London]: In the Savoy, Printed by H. Lintot, for J. Worrall, 1742)

Geoffrey Hoffman, Trial by Verse (Chichester: Barry Rose, 1991)

C.P.H. & J.B.B., Quia Examinatores: A Few Verses for Students of the Law (London: Caxton Publishing Co., Ltd., 1925)

William Holloway, Sententiæ Juris: Legal and Other Epigram ( London: George Redway, 1896) [on-line text]

Arthur J. Lamb & Wilfrid Dennes, Echoes from Shirley: Being "Shirley's Leading Cases in Common Law" in Verse (London: Stevens & Sons, 1913)

Bernard Mandeville, The Law Corrupted; a Satire (London: Printed for S. Sturton at the Corner of Gutter-lane in Cheapside, 1706)(authorship attributed to Mandeville)

Nicholas Thirning Moile, State Trials; Specimen of a New Edition; [in verse] (London: Simpskin, Marshall and Co., 1838)

Charles Morse, Apices Juris, and Other Legal Essays in Prose and Verse (Toronto: Canada Law Book Company, 1906)

Desmond Neligan, Lawful Lyrics and Cautionary Tales for Lawyers (Chichester: Barry Rose, 1984)

H.D.C. Pepler, The Law the Lawyers Know About (Ditchling, Sussex: St. Dominic's Press, 1929).

John Popplestone, The Lays of a Limb of the Law ( London: Reeves & Turner, 1889)(Edmund B.V. Christian ed.)

James Williams, Briefless Ballads and Legal Lyrics (London : A. and C. Black. 1895)

The Young Senator: A Satyre; With an Epistle to Mr. Fielding on His Studying the Law (London: Printed for David Jones, 1738)

English Misc. Authors:

The Bar with Sketches of Eminent Judges, Barristers, &c. &c.: a poem, with notes (London : Hurst, Robinson, 1826)

A Briefless Barrister, Briefless Ballads and Legal Lyrics (London: Stevens and Sons, 1881)

A New poem on the excellency and antiquity of law and lawyers and dedicated to his Mecenar and most worthy patron and professor thereof, the learned and accomplished William Peazly of the Middle Temple, London, Esq. (London: Printed by G.C. for the author, 1682)

The Upstart: a Satyr (London: [s.n.], 1710)

The King and A Poore Northerne Man (London: Printed by Tho Cotes, 1640), in Early English Poetry, Ballads, and Popular Literature of the Middle Ages (London: Printed for the Percy Society by T. Richards, 1840) [on-line text]; William Carew Hazlitt, Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England (London: John Russell Smith, 1866) [on-line text]

"The Crafty Lover; or, The Lawyer Outwitted," in Robert Bell, The Annotated Edition of the English Poets 110-113 (London: John W. Parker and Son, 1857) [on-line text]

"The King of Brentford's Testament," in W. M. Thackery, Ballads and Tales (London: John Murray, 1869) [on-line text] [on-line text]

India (Legal Verse):

John McCullen, Jingles of the Harness: (Poems of a Farmer and Counsellor) (Drogheda: John McCullen, 1999)

Lays of the Law: Being a Selection of Leading Cases from the Bombay High Court Reports, Done into Verse, after the manner of various other great poets (Bombay, India: Bombay Gazette Steam Press, 1882)

Ireland (and Legal Verse):

Andrew Blair Carmichael, The Law Scrutiny, or, Attornies' Guide (Dublin: J. Barlow, 1807) (a satire in verse variously ascribed to Andrew Carmichael, William Norcott and others)

Thomas Grady, No. III, or The Nosegay; Being the Third Letter of the Country Post-Bag, From the Man to the Monster (Dublin: Printed for the Author, 2nd ed., 1816)

Scotland (and Legal Verse):

Patrick Anderson, The Picture of a Scottish Baron Court a Dramatic Poem, with Original Notes (Edinburgh: D. Webster and Son, 1821)

James Balfour Paul & John J. Reid, Ballads of the Bench and Bar, or, Idle Lays of the Parliament House (Buffalo, New York: W.S. Hein, 1992)(Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, at the Edinburgh University Press, 1882)

George Outram, Legal & Other Lyrics (Boston: T.N. Foulis, 1916)[first published as Lyrics, Legal and Miscellaneous (Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1874) (Henry Glassford Bell ed.)]

_____________, Legal Lyrics and Metrical Illustrations of the Scotch Form of Process ([S.l. : s.n.], 1851)(Henry Glassford Bell ed.)

Legal Verse (in Law Reviews & Law Journals):

Douglass G. Boshkoff, Selected Poems on the Law of Contracts, 66 N.Y.U.L. Rev. 1533 (1991)

Gil Grantmore, Constitutional Law Hiaku (but cf . . .), 18 (3) Constitutional Commentary 481 (2001)

Mary Kate Kearney, The Propriety of Poetry in Judicial Opininons, 12 Widener L. J. 597 (2003)

Andrew J. McClurg, Kato v. Briney and the Bards of First-Year Torts, 74 Or. L. Rev. 823 (1995)

Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Future Interest Haiku, 67 North Carolina Law Review 171 (1988) [

______________, Supreme Court Haiku, 61 New York University Law Review 1224 (1986)

________________, Vietnam Haiku, 74 Cornell Law Review 1228 (1989)

Maxwell L. Stearns, Poetic Law: A Statement on Intent, 48 Vand. L. Rev. 195 (1995)