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Stanford Law Dean IM's Harvard Law Dean,

in the April 1 issue of the Harvard Law Record. Thanks to Orin for the pointer.

Mike BUSL07 (mail) (www):
Whatever, US News is teh ghey. We slipped to 22 this year - Thanks, I'm sure to Barnett and Lawrence leaving.
4.12.2006 3:58pm
anonlawstudent:
Should there be an apostrophe--or should it be "IMs"?
4.12.2006 3:58pm
Thief (mail) (www):
UR 2 funny, roffle
4.12.2006 4:09pm
Lakhim (mail):
Depends. IM's is perfectly acceptable, and it's a matter of style.

For consistency's sake it's recommended to use an apostrophe, because you have to use one to form a plural of lowercase letters (as or a's?)/abbreviations.
4.12.2006 4:44pm
Steve:
The "fake IMs between well-known people" gag has almost - but not quite! - outlived its humor value.
4.12.2006 4:50pm
Prof. H (mail):
"IM's is perfectly acceptable, and it's a matter of style."

Any authority for that statement? Is this Lakhim on Punctuation?
4.12.2006 7:10pm
Lakhim (mail):
As Strunk and White do not give guidance on this issue, I fell back on something a bit more modern, Woe is I. I do hope that is sufficient authority for you?
4.12.2006 11:10pm
Prof. H (mail):
I do hope that is sufficient authority for you?

No, it's not. First, Woe Is I is a piece of crap that I wouldn't prop open a door with. Second, whether to use an apostrophe to form the plural of a letter referred to as a letter has no bearing on whether to use an apostrophe to form the third person singular present of an abbreviation used as a verb.
4.13.2006 10:26am
Lakhim (mail):
I see. My sincerest apologies then Prof. H.
4.13.2006 2:24pm
Prof. H (mail):
Thank you. Now I think I'll go humiliate some 1Ls.
4.13.2006 3:39pm
Andrea (mail) (www):
Wow, a link on Volokh. Highlight of my law student career so far! (I'm a 1L, and easily excitable.) Thanks from all of us at the Record. Also, the Dean of Students emailed us and said she enjoyed seeing her name near the word "diarrhea" in print for the first time ever, so we're now considering the issue an unqualified success.
4.13.2006 7:00pm