Some New Legal Terms

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Here are some new legal terms that are being used that you may or may not have heard of out there.


1. Benchslap – According to Urban dictionary

benchslap is when a judge humiliates an attorney, insults another judge, or reverses a lower court in a particularly demeaning manner. A judicial bitch slap, if you will. This term was popularized by David Lat of 

2. Litigatrix – Again, coined by David Lat of and defined by Urban dictionary as a hot female litigator – a combination of female litigator and dominatrix. 

David, you seem to be on a roll. Although I didn’t see a definition for the last neologism “judicial diva” I’m sure we can all just use our imagination.



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