August 08, 2005
Interesting, but Unethical, Business Plan
Posted by Christine Hurt

All of us law profs at Marquette today received an interesting business offer in the mail today.  A male Wisconsin resident claiming to have a J.D. is offering the following scholarly services to me:  editing, proofreading and writing of "scholarly articles."  The following definition is also instructive:  "Writing consists of writing and all necessary research to complete the assignment.  The estimated fee for writing a scholarly article is "$500-$2,250."  I have clearly wasted my summer.  For less than I pay a babysitter, I could have had someone write my article.  (Estimated 300 or so hours of writing saved by the maximum price of $2,250 -- you get what you pay for, so I'd want the best).

As this entrepreneur tells me in the letter, "A well-written law journal article can bring tenure, expert status, career advancement, and notoriety in the legal community."  I'm pretty sure that if I paid someone to write my articles, I would undoubtedly gain notoriety in the legal community.  (As Inigo Montoya said, "I do not think this word means what you think it means.")  He will also "Bluebook" an article for "$150-$1000.  Heck, I'll Bluebook your article for $1000.  (And I'm "notorious" in the field of legal citation.)

So, Gordon, did all Wisconsin law profs get this solicitation or just us urbanites?  He describes himself as "a former law review staff writer and editor," but we have no records of him having attended our institution.

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