Saturday, May 17, 2014

Black's Law Dictionary: New 10th Edition

On May 9, Thomson Reuters released the new 10th edition of Black's Law Dictionary.  This is the fourth edition produced by editor-in-chief Bryan Garner, a legal lexicographer and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.  The new edition has over 7,500 new terms, including "affluenza defense" and "intrapreneur," many new terms from technology, and more than twice as many sources and illustrative quotations for terms than the previous edition.  It continues to include the U.S. Constitution, the Federal Circuit map, and other key reference sources for law students and attorneys.

Print copies can be purchased from the publisher, and will soon be available in libraries. It will take a little longer for digital versions to arrive. An app for the 10th edition and availability on WestlawNext are planned for early 2015.  To learn more about the evolution of the famous dictionary and the claim that the first edition, published in 1891, was initially written as a joke by attorney Henry Campbell Black, check out this recent post on Thomson Reuters' Legal Solutions Blog.

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