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Holmes and the Join Memo:
At the U.S. Supreme Court, Justices let other Justices know that they are signing on to an already-circulated draft opinion by sending around a "join memo." The join memo usually just says that the Justice wants to join the opinion, sometimes with some suggestions for possible edits.

  Different Justices have different standard lines they use for join memos. Some say something like, "I would be pleased to join your opinion." Others use the more traditional (if rather odd) sentence "Please join me," the idea being that the author of the opinion will then "join" the other Justice to the opinion.

  In light of that, I was amused to read in Walter Murphy's book "Wiretapping on Trial" that apparently Justice Holmes was a fan of more flowery join memos. According to Murphy, Holmes once joined an opinion of Chief Justice Taft by writing, "I cling to my preceptor's hand and follow him through the dark passages to the light." Murphy at 98. I guess "I agree" just wouldn't do.
Tracy Johnson (www):
I think a typo must have crept it and you are referring to a Joint Memo. A bureaucratic product since time immemorial.
9.3.2008 3:14pm
Hoosier:
And Taft asked: "So which side is he on?"
9.3.2008 3:24pm
Snaphappy Fishsuit Mokiligon:
What does Holmes' join memo say about the appropriateness of McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate?
9.3.2008 3:43pm
Anon321:
My Join Memo would say, "This doesn't suck as bad as the other dude's, so go ahead and throw my name up on that piece, son."

Or maybe, "Whoa, who wrote that thing ... Bill Shakespeare?! It's awesome! Join me, fool!"
9.3.2008 3:43pm
krs:
Oh no!! Holmes was Taft's "yes man" and explicitly admitted to having done no thinking of his own in the course of deciding something where the rights of Americans hung in the balance! What intellectual midget did Teddy Roosevelt put on the court? Where were the Democrats at his confirmation hearing?!?! Think of the children! If they knew that he'd vote against a baker's right to choose, would they have so readily approved his nomination?
9.3.2008 4:00pm
krs:
"I think a typo must have crept it"

Corollary #28 to Murphy's Law: You are most likely to make a typo when writing to call attention to someone else's typo.
9.3.2008 4:03pm
Scott Scheule (mail) (www):
Holmes's Law: Never say in two words what you can draw out into a confusing metaphor.
9.3.2008 4:17pm
Redman:
"Ditto".
9.3.2008 5:15pm
Hoosier:
" 'K."
9.3.2008 5:24pm
Cornellian (mail):
I think I'm going to start accepting lunch invitations by issuing a join memo.
9.3.2008 5:42pm
PersonFromPorlock:
I suppose they're cute, but my sole experience with legal archaisms was during jury duty. Watching the court take ten minutes to draw random juror numbers when a computer could have produced a list of names in seconds didn't impress me with the awful majesty of the law nearly as much as it was supposed to.
9.3.2008 6:38pm
astrangerwithcandy (mail):

I think I'm going to start accepting lunch invitations by issuing a join memo.


the traditional "join me" or the holmes version?
9.3.2008 7:19pm
David M. Nieporent (www):
"Close enough."
9.3.2008 11:11pm