[This is an update to the Black Label Law Dictionary. You can read the full version here.]
Amortization. When you get a tip from a guy / for bringing his pizza pie / that's amortization.
Certificate of service. The most compensation many lawyers can expect from their first jobs out of law school.
Covenant. A theocratic military alliance of alien races ruled by the San'Shyuum prophets, bent on the annihilation of humanity which they see as an affront to their gods.
Cross-claim. Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.
Elective share. An arrangement between two seemingly adversarial political parties to ensure that no third party challenger disrupts the balance of power.
Emotional distress. Same as regular distress.
Joint tenancy. Smoking herb all day in your parents' basement.
Liquidated damages. The result of over-consumption of alcohol, such as wrecked cars, liver failure, and excess children.
Quantum meruit. Spy novel sequel to Casino Royalties.
Reckless. Characterized by the creation of a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to others and by a conscious disregard for or indifference to that risk. Not to be confused with wreckless.
Ripeness. Not a defense to a charge of statutory rape.
Socratic meth. Street name for Adderall.
Standing. The most intense form of the Socratic Method.
Transferred intent. Accepting enrollment to a low ranked school with plans of attending a higher ranked school after the first year. <"I got in to Columbia!" "...Uh, the this letter says Fordham." "Yeah, but I'm going to be at the top of my class, so through transferred intent, I just got in to Columbia.">
WIPO. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. W's initial public offering.