Tramps Like Us, Baby We Were Born to Cite!

The big day is almost here, see you all at lunchtime:

Guest Speaker:
The Honorable Jonathan Goodman, United States Magistrate Judge,
will address the must-hear-this topic:

"Rock & Roll Music in Judicial Opinions"

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Where: The Bankers Club
One Biscayne Tower
2 South Biscayne Blvd., 14th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
I'm sure the good Judge will point out that none other than Bobby D is the most-cited songwriter in legal opinions.

Here is the list from a recent study:

1. Bob Dylan -- 186 instances
2. The Beatles -- 74 instances
3. Bruce Springsteen -- 69 instances
4. Paul Simon -- 59 instances
5. Woody Guthrie -- 43 instances
6. Rolling Stones -- 39 instances
7. Grateful Dead -- 32 instances
8. Simon & Garfunkel -- 30 instances
9. Joni Mitchell -- 28 instances
10. R.E.M. -- 27 instances

Question -- is it possible to cite a song lyric in 300 characters or less?

Survey says:
3 Urban, Keith. “You Look Good In My Shirt.” Lyrics. Golden Road. Capitol, 2002, available at Born in New Zealand, Urban is a country singer/songwriter who was voted Top New Male Vocalist at the 2001 Country Music Association Awards. He was named CMA’s Entertainer of the Year in 2005. In 2006, Urban won his first Grammy Award and married Australian-born actress Nicole Kidman later that year. Keith Urban Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story, (last visited Nov. 21, 2011). Based on preliminary research, it does not appear that Mr. Urban has released any songs expressly discussing the concept of Article III standing.
 And also:
The lyric is from the song “The Waiting,” the lead single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album Hard Promises, released in 1981. Although now 30 years old, the song is still used in popular culture. It was featured in at least one promotional spot for the fifth season of the television situation comedy “The Office” and is used at Philadelphia Flyers home games (when officials are reviewing a play). Waiting_(song) (last visited 5/16/2011). See also (last visited 5/16/2011).
Oy veh -- next he'll take two paragraphs to explain what "it's better to be safe than sorry" means.

(Strike that).

Oh I kid the good judge -- the fact is this will be a fantastic presentation and I'm really looking forward to it.

See you all at lunch!


  1. When I was an ASA. David O. Markus filed a great motion to suppress, with section headers that quoted Kenny Rodgers, The Gambler.


  2. Sorry SFL the speech was C-.

  3. Where is Pink Floyd on that list? Certainly anything off The Wall or Animals would be appropriate!

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