Typos are a fact of life. Some people, like us, are better at making them than at spotting them. All typos cause a measure of embarrassment. Most cause no legal harm. A few are like tree rings. They tell something about the writer’s age. For example, we recently chanced upon a court order issued in connection with an application by a suspended lawyer for reinstatement. Understandably the court ordered the petitioner to take classes on legal ethics. Specifically, the court ordered provided:
3) The petitioner shall participate in at least fifteen hours of continuing legal education each year during this three-year period. At least five hours of the legal education each year shall concern legal ethics and the code of professional responsibility. During the first year of probation at least five hours of the legal education courses shall concern law office management. The balance of the legal education requirements may be satisfied by courses of the petitioner’s choosing.
Can you spot the tree ring in the excerpt from the court’s order? The first reader to contact the blog’s editor with the correct answer will be invited to be the editor’s guest at a coffee shop in New Haven for a cup of coffee and to shoot the breeze about law and life or anything else.