Supreme Court Haikus: Decisions Distilled Down to 17 Syllables

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on July 13, 2011 6:42 AM

Supreme Court haikus
Are they good for law firms too?
Perhaps for a blog.

The above 17 syllables is a haiku. A Supreme Court haiku. And, apparently, haikus are all the rage now, with Supreme Court haiku blogs popping up all over the internet

Are they relevant to your law firm?

Maybe. Entertaining blog posts can be one way that your firm can help draw in clients. And, if you build up a loyal fan base reading your law blog, maybe some of your fan base can eventually be converted into loyal clients.

Plus, having some entertaining haikus on your law firm website may be a way for you (or whatever associate writes the firm website) to flex their creative writing skills, and to practice writing succinctly.

The Supreme Court Haiku of the Day website conveniently distills Supreme Court decisions into 17-syllable haikus. So when you're in a pinch, you'll know where to turn for fast and convenient legal summaries.

And, the Employer Handbook similarly has some haikus about recent Supreme Court employment law rulings.

While legal decisions in haiku-form may seem a bit strange, the fact is that the trend is there. And, it's a potentially fun trend that may liven up your firm blog, if you have one.

Where else can you fit in a haiku?

  • Your LinkedIn profile.
  • Your firm Facebook page.
  • E-mails to clients.
  • In documents to be filed at court.

Okay, so maybe a haiku wouldn't really fit well in the last two categories (unless your clients have a sense of humor). But, in the world of blogging, one thing holds true: length is not your friend. So, while you may not necessarily need to distill all of your future law firm blog posts down to 17 syllables, at least you can take a page from the Supreme Court haiku trend: less is more.

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