It’s a regular event for me to find myself somehow “compelled” to read something that I have no desire, energy or intent to read. Maybe I’m just obsessive-compulsive, but I think the Good LORD sometimes “forces” me to stick my snoot in a book or article until I suddenly discover something that (for me, at least) is an important and even exciting insight.
The following PDF file concerns an A.D. 1918 article from the Harvard Law Review that was written to advocate that the American judicial system (which started with “common law pleading” and later changed to “code pleading”) change again to “Notice Pleading”. The position advocated in this article was largely adopted and today “Notice Pleading” is the predominant form of pleading in the American courts.
I didn’t want to read the original article. Didn’t have energy to read it. Didn’t enjoy reading most of it. But I felt “compelled” to read it all, just the same–and sure enough, before I was done I found what was for me, a number of important and powerful insights. The effort was well worth my time and energy–and when the Good LORD “compels” me, it always is.
The entire text is about 10,000 words (about half is from the original author; half is my commentary and analysis). If you’ll take time to read it, I believe you’ll be at least intrigued and you may also even learn something important.
Click to download: 1918 NOTICE PLEADING Harvard_law_review EDITED