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Sep 10, 2012

Nothing to LOL about: In writing as in life, style matters

A lawyer is always writing as a lawyer, whether in a filing with the court or in an email to a colleague. The speed of electronic communication makes it tempting to forgo the conventions of good writing, but it's a risk with little reward.

Aug 10, 2012

Reading like a lawyer

Reading cases is a skill that gets better with practice, and it is a big step in the direction of "thinking like a lawyer."

Aug 3, 2012

Getting started: choosing a law journal topic

Investing a lot of time into article selection will pay off tenfold during the research and writing process. So where to get started?

Jul 13, 2012

A Laughing Matter

It is hard enough to find the right joke for a particular occasion. It is almost impossible to find one that is appropriate for a courtroom.

Jul 10, 2012

Doing More With Less: Increase your effectiveness with brevity

Brevity is the pinnacle of good writing, which means it takes a lot more time and effort than slapping together endless pages of marginally sensible garbage.

May 4, 2012

Baddest of the Bad

Writing a bad brief can cost you. Hint: Avoid the Mike Tyson quotes

Apr 25, 2012

Rhyme and Reason

Advice to a young lawyer in verse

Mar 6, 2012

Advice on getting published

Publishing a law journal article while you are still in law school.

Oct 13, 2011

A brief comment on brevity

Brevity is one of the cornerstones of good writing (including good legal writing, although not every lawyer takes heed).

Aug 24, 2011

Lost no more? Striking out on my own…

One blogger decides to pursue her passion during the arduous job search:

Feb 27, 2008

How to write good, legal edition

Does your writing style differ depending on whether you are writing an email or a letter? A blog post or a brief? A less formal tone may be appropriate for some forms of communication, but that does not mean that the rules of spelling and grammar don’t apply online. For better or worse, some people will ...

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