Because law librarian Greg Lambert thought The Texas Supreme Court Journal was affiliated with the actual high court, he thought it was “bizarre” when he got a plain white pen within his subscription-renewal notice with the phrases, “Trust God” and “Deo Crede.”
He still thought the pen was odd after a little research revealed a private company actually publishes the journal, says Lambert, library and records manager at King & Spalding in Houston.
“I just can’t imagine any company sending something that could be construed as religious paraphernalia to people they don’t know,” he says, adding, “If they sent these out on purpose, I would find that extremely strange.”
Lambert says he subscribes to the journal so the appellate lawyers at his firm can quickly research high court decisions by reading abstracts instead of full opinions. He wrote about the pen on the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, where he is one of the "3 geeks."
When asked whether the “Trust God” pens go out with all renewal notices, Assistant Editor David Bryce of The Texas Supreme Court Journal replies, “We don’t really talk about that kind of thing with people.”
Bryce adds, “Is there a problem with it? . . . I don’t understand why it’s of any significance.”
Bryce explains that a private company, 303 Enterprises LLC, publishes the journal. His father, William Bryce, is the owner and editor.
-- Angela Morris