Black Letter Law


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Black Letter Law

A term used to describe basic principles of law that are accepted by a majority of judges in most states.

The term probably derives from the practice of publishers of encyclopedias and legal treatises to highlight principles of law by printing them in boldface type.

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I've written before that black letter law is different from the spirit of the law.
We are a business that has always prided itself on building long-standing relationships of trust with our clients and there is no greater achievement for us than being regarded as a trusted adviser whose counsel goes beyond excellence in black letter law.
"This is a straightforward decision in which the court applied black letter law and precedent," Copeley said of the ruling in an email, while declining to comment further.
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio is both a great liberal and an equally great wielder of black letter law. He asked how anyone could possibly predict whether this single word supposedly creates a conservation zone of 1, 2 or 10 kilometers around Rizal Park.
In these ambiguous and ambivalent legal and medical scenarios, training in black letter law or in anatomy and best clinical practices--even training in legal advocacy or surgical technique--does not fully equip the professional to help the client or patient.
She explains every process in detail and with example, and deconstructs the exam section by section, with suggested approaches for learning the black letter law, setting study schedules, and answering essay and multiple-choice questions.
She said: "I wondered whether they would be receptive to an approach that is so different to the black letter law but we found the judges loved it.
The result is a clear, easy-to-access, objective statement of the black letter law of the Fourth Amendment.
District Court for the Southern District of New York, one of the first judges to endorse TAR, recently proclaimed that the right to use TAR for high-volume electronically stored information (ESI) cases is "now black letter law," reported Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC.
My appointment introduces interdisciplinary (not just law and economics, but also politics, sociology and philosophy) into the mix at the Cambridge Law Faculty -- traditionally an international reference point for doctrinal, black letter law, and an engagement with empirics.
Too many law firms just focus on the black letter law and don't add the commercial viewpoint that the client wants."
In addition to teaching students the black letter law of Article 9, the text explores the economic and commercial reasons underlying the law, as well as the nomenclature of secured credit and commercial law.