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It’s Official: Firm Lawyer Is A “Bad Writer”

The news will come as no surprise to regular readers of the Alaska Law Blog (either one of you). Atkinson Conway & Gagnon lawyer Jerome Juday is now officially an award-winning bad writer. Juday was the winner in the second annual 49 Ode To A Dead Salmon bad writing contest.

Dead%20Salmon.jpg49 is the project of Alaska based professional writers. Their Ode To A Dead Salmon contest is a tongue-in-cheek endeavor to celebrate Alaska-centric writing. Their website explains that the contest stemmed from a comment that Alaska writer Nancy Lord made about not wanting her writing to “mine the same Alaska myths” by continuing to pen “odes to dead salmon.” So 49 set up a contest for bad writing about Alaska.

Juday’s winning entry was entitled Russian River Campground, 5:15 a.m. It was based on the eternal love triangle of a man, a woman and fish.

“I’m honored to be declared the winner,” Juday told Alaska Law Blog editors. “It’s not easy to explain, however. I’m not sure everyone believes me when I say that I had to work hard at writing that badly.”

For his efforts, Juday won a Ray Troll T-shirt. Since Juday’s legal training obviously contributed to his bad writing skills, the firm Management Committee has declared the T-shirt to be the spoils of the legal profession. As such, it will be rotated on a weekly basis amongst all the firm’s shareholders. Each shareholder is expected to honor the fiduciary duty owed to fellow shareholders by laundering the T-shirt before passing it to the next person.