Bloopers: A Mix of Signs, Documents, and Examples

"Pubic Enemy Number One" (True Examples)

Defense Lawyer:

"I Can't Wait to Fight the Client's Parking Ticket".

Photo of a sign that reads Deliveries Only. No Pubic Parking Source: 25 Hilarious Misspellings of the Word Public

"Pubic libraries are a foundation of democracy."

Brick wall with the word Library on it

"He is a hero in the eyes of the pubic."

A man wearing a red cape standing on the roof of a skyscraper looking out at the city

Miss Steaks by Hungry Lawyers

Collected from attorneys, judges, colleagues, and student writing by Professor Suzanne E. Rowe, the James L. and Irene R. Hershner Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law: Amusing Mistakes Your Computer Won't Catch, Oregon State Bar Bulletin, November, 2011.

  • A bowl of wonton soup

    "The plaintiff cannot establish that the defendant engaged in willful and wonton conduct."

  • A photo of a marinade

    "The defendant exercised control over the plaintiff by marinating a right to substitute its own worker for the plaintiff."

  • A photo of a detectable amount of cocaine

    "The state was able to prove a delectable amount of cocaine was present on the premises."

  • A photo of a restaurant deep fryer

    "When the plaintiff could not perform her work obligations, the defendant fried her."

What Will the Judge Think?

The plaintiff defiantly wants to continue this case to a later date to provide more time for discovery.

Suzanne E. RoweAmusing Mistakes Your Computer Won't Catch

These highly individualized claims are unique to each plaintiff.

Lawyers' Writing

February 19, 2008

  • A sword duel between 2 men

    "There is a duel aspect to my client's defense."

Lawyers Representing Hungry Clients

  • Photo of steak on a fork

    "At the end of the regional land use consultation the steakholders voted on the four proposals."

Headlines That Say it All - Or Too Much

"Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police"

Express-Times, February 2004

"Marijuana Issue Sent to a Joint Committee"

Toronto Star, June 14, 1996

"Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says", March 19, 2008

"Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant"

Deseret News, October 24, 1975

"Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers"


"Teacher Strikes Idle Kids"


"Miners Refuse to Work after Death"


"If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile"


"Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges"


"Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge"


"Bar Trying to Help Alcoholic Lawyers"


Another Spell Check Disaster
Sign that reads Shoplifters will be prostituted Source: 18 Photos That Prove Spelling Is Really, Really Hard, The Huffington Post, Catherine Taibi.