Wooden Statutory Interpretation

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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2 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    “Laboring oar the oar which requires most strength and exertion; often used figuratively; as, to have, or pull, the laboring oar in some difficult undertaking. ”


    Does sound like a British term with naval origins or maybe from the rowing team at university.

  2. joanheminway says:

    I guess I am of that “certain age.” This expression was used in our family when I was a kid (1960s and 1970s, Long Island, NY) and I continue to use it. It tends to be most meaningfully descriptive in group work where one is designating primary folks for certain group tasks–e.g., “Will you take the laboring oar on that piece?”

    I know nothing about the origins of the phrase, unfortunately. But I enjoyed reading this post. Thanks!