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Abstract

Beverly Pattishall is a name that has secondary meaning for law students, for veteran trial lawyers—especially those seeking a more courteous and collegial bar—and for bar associations at the local, the national, and indeed the international level. It is fitting that a lecture series be dedicated to a quintessential “scholar and gentleman.” The Shakespeare Canon of Statutory Construction, like all of Shakespeare’s plays, contains five parts: Read the statute; read the entire statute; read the statute in its contemporary context; if necessary, consult the legislative history; and, finally, use your common sense. Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act has required judges to write a number of opinions that rely much more heavily on common sense than on the text of that statute.

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