“Think Spring”: Your Legal Writing Needs a Seasonal Refresh
Posted on 02-14-2017 by Lauren Stemley

The spring season will be here soon, which means a new start to the world outside our office windows. If you think your writing has seen too many winters, jump on spring’s bandwagon to freshen up your writing skills. Here’s 3 spring rules that’ll refresh your legal writing: K.I.S... Read More

Storytelling for Lawyers: 3 Ways to Create Engaging Legal Writing
Posted on 12-12-2016 by Lauren Stemley

What do Christmas, legal writing and nonfiction have in common? More than you think! Legal writing pairs perfectly with the creative styles of telling a story. Bryan Garner , a lawyer who pioneered the idea, says to let the facts show why your client is right – to tell his/her story –... Read More

The Lawyer's Solution to Holiday Gift Giving: Handwriting Thank Yous
Posted on 12-14-2016 by Lauren Stemley

What should you do when your client sends you a Christmas gift, card, or letter? Don’t fret – the easiest and most impactful response is to send a simple thank you letter! Don’t just type it out though – handwrite it! Here are some good reasons why: Personable Touch! By... Read More

To comma or not to comma, that is the question
Posted on 02-01-2017 by Brenda Carter

Here’s a link to some great tips for knowing how best to utilize this handy little symbol, although my preference is different than the fourth item on the list. What do you prefer when it comes to adding or omitting the last comma in a series? Comma Coma Read More

Further vs. Farther
Posted on 01-19-2017 by Brenda Carter

Is there a difference? Yes! If you need further proof, read on . If you have proofing questions you’d like answered, Ask the Proofer! proofreader@lexisnexis.com Read More

Poorly Written Material Wastes Time
Posted on 10-15-2016 by Georgia Akers

it’s too long poorly organized unclear filled with jargon it’s imprecise And you want them to keep reading? Get straight to the point. Read More

Legal Research: Knowing When to Stop
Posted on 09-14-2016 by Jamie Baker

Beginning researchers often ask, "How do I know when I'm done?" This is a legitimate question because legal research can send you down many rabbit holes with seemingly endless resources to sort through. The University of San Francisco School of Law put together a wonderful research guide... Read More

Bad Legal Writing Cut Down To Size In Age Of Short Attention Spans via Law360
Posted on 08-02-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Melissa Maleske . For as long as lawyers have existed, their writing has been a subject of scorn. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described lawyers’ writing as “excrementitious matter.” Founding father Thomas... Read More

Linda Berger On The Evolution of Legal Writing & LWI
Posted on 07-06-2016 by Chad Troyan

We all realize how much technology has changed the way we communicate over the phone, whether that be through text messages or social media, but have you stopped to think how much it has changed our writing, specifically our legal writing? Linda Berger, a law professor at UNLV’s Boyd School of... Read More

Improve Analogies For Better Legal Briefs, Paper Says via Law360
Posted on 07-06-2016 by Tracie Morris

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Dani Meyer. Law360, New York (June 27, 2016, 4:26 PM ET) -- Analogies are a critical writing device in legal briefs, given the reliance of the U.S. legal system on precedent, but most attorneys aren’t using them to... Read More

Linda Berger: From News Reporter to Legal Writing Expert
Posted on 07-06-2016 by Chad Troyan

What draws people into the legal profession? For Linda Berger, a law professor at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, the journey to her career in the legal profession started where many others start – the Nation’s capital, Washington D.C. After Linda graduated from CU-Boulder with a journalism... Read More

10 writing tips that’ll retool your legal writing #writinglegally
Posted on 08-06-2015 by Chad Troyan

Have you ever read your writing and thought “I could do better”. Well, have no fear because the ABA Journal is here to help! Here are 10 tips to improve your legal writing: Be sure you understand the client's problem Make sure you ask your client plenty of questions so you have... Read More

5 Legal Cliches That Could Land You In Hot Water
Posted on 04-12-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Aebra Coe - See more at: https://www.lexisnexis.com/lextalk/industry-trends/f/5/t/2891.aspx#sthash.VRydbGSV.dpuf The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Jenna Ebersole Every dog... Read More

Using Emotional Language in Brief Writing
Posted on 03-29-2016 by Jamie Baker

During legal research writing for international LL.M. student, I discuss the role of logos, pathos, and ethos as modes of persuasion for brief writing. Pathos (plural: pathe) is an appeal to the audience’s emotions, and the terms sympathy, pathetic, and empathy are derived from it. During... Read More

Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing
Posted on 03-09-2016 by Chad Troyan

Grammar can be a difficult practice for some people, but if you are good at it, your writing will sound (and look) a lot better. So for those of you who would like some help, check out these tips thanks to GrammarBook . Tip 1: To avoid confusion (and pompousness), don't use two negatives to make... Read More

Which Version of Which Are You Talking About: Confusing Words Pt.3
Posted on 02-03-2016 by Chad Troyan

Have you ever read something and realized that a word was used incorrectly? Chances are we all have and the only way to correct it is to be able to distinguish differences between words. Thanks to Daily Writing Tips here are the final four commonly confused words. 1. Throws/Throes Throws is the third... Read More

Which Version of Which Are You Talking About: Confusing Words Pt.2
Posted on 01-27-2016 by Chad Troyan

We have all seen words used incorrectly. There will always be those words that sound too similar to distinguish the difference which word is meant and which meaning that is associated with it. So how can we better distinguish these words? Thanks to Daily Writing Tips here are three more commonly confused... Read More

7 Typical Writing Mistakes
Posted on 01-20-2016 by Georgia Akers

A new year is here and the possibilities are endless! Don’t let writer’s block stop you from creating your best work. And try to stay away from these 7 common mistakes as you create new material. Read More

Which Version of Which Are You Talking About: Confusing Words Pt.1
Posted on 01-20-2016 by Chad Troyan

Have you ever read something and realized that a word was used incorrectly? It can drive some people crazy (myself included), but there will always be those words that sound too similar to distinguish the difference which word is meant and which meaning that is associated with it. Thanks to Daily Writing... Read More

“Verbalizing” Nouns: A Dangerous Business #WritingLegally
Posted on 01-12-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The suffix “–ize” is on the loose, verbalizing and uglyizing our language. Some people think you can tack “–ize” onto any noun and create a verb; however, many nouns have no business being used as verbs. Verbalizing nouns is a dangerous business with the result... Read More

How to address a colleague’s horrible writing: 10 Tips
Posted on 12-23-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

At what point would you feel it is necessary to have a sit down with an attorney you supervise and let him (or her) know their writing is sometimes careless, and lacks legal research and analysis? If you are unsure, try taking these three additional factors into consideration: An older attorney... Read More

Dead On Arrival? Is the written letter really dead?
Posted on 12-07-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The written letter –a form of communication that once was exchanged as regularly as email. These letters carried countless numbers of things from professions of love to permanent news. Letters would allow recipients time to reflect and analyze the contents before crafting a response. The sad... Read More

Apostrophes
Posted on 12-02-2015 by Georgia Akers

How to use the apostrophe … the right way. See how to use it for possession or omission—I’m a child of the ‘80s and I OK’d this article. Read on… Read More

Is that REALLY what you want to say?
Posted on 10-28-2015 by Georgia Akers

Are you overusing adverbs? Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. Modify means to add to or change the meaning of a word. Sometimes you can’t avoid using them, but sometimes you can. Enjoy this helpful tip. Read More

9 Writing Styles Epitomized by Current SCOTUS Justices [Infographic] #writinglegally
Posted on 10-16-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

“Language is the central tool of our trade…” ~ Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. And as Chief Justice Roberts once said, "words are the building blocks of the law. If we aren’t fastidious with language it dilutes the effectiveness and clarity of the law." For those... Read More