Anytime vs. Any Time
Posted on 08-18-2016 by Georgia Akers

Anytime vs. Any Time Is there a difference? YES! And I see the mistake a lot. And it’s not pretty when it’s in 100-point type staring you in the face. Grammarly can help you understand the difference. No one wants to see this error at any time during the year. You can thank me anytime... 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

They
Posted on 06-23-2016 by Georgia Akers

“They” It’s a hot topic. And it’s singular … not plural. Find out why “they” is replacing “he/she.” Read on at Grammarly.com Read More

Judge Posner Slams Courts' Use Of 'Stale, Opaque' Jargon via Law360
Posted on 05-23-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Daniel Siegal. The opinionated Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner on Tuesday weighed in against the use of legal jargon and convoluted rhetoric, even by the U.S. Supreme Court , using a concurring opinion affirming a Wisconsin... Read More

Do you proofread your own material?
Posted on 05-12-2016 by Georgia Akers

Or is it too hard to proofread your own material? There are things you can do to help with the process. Grammarly has some good advice and let me add one more. Try changing the font to all caps. You may have to alter your spacing and it’s going to be annoying, but it will slow you down. What works... Read More

How To Think Like A Judge And Be A Better Legal Writer via Law360
Posted on 05-20-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Aebra Coe. To write persuasively and win court cases, lawyers need to learn to think like judges, according to an academic paper published Thursday, and while getting inside a judge’s head isn't always easy, the... Read More

Avoid writing mistakes!
Posted on 05-31-2016 by Georgia Akers

Remember—you’re at work. It matters. Be as professional as you can. The Worst Writing Mistakes You Can Make at Work Read More

Don’t be a hostage to hackneyed talk: 5 mystifying words you should challenge
Posted on 05-28-2016 by Travis Burchart

In the mainstream media, the establishment often creates a neo-romantic idea of modern democracy. Only the avid American understands this. I wrote this sentence, but I don’t know what the hell it means. I feel stupid reading it. It’s crammed full of mystifying words. True, those words... 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

“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

A new genre of legal writing: Why Law Schools Should Be Teaching Twitter
Posted on 11-04-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Aebra Coe Writing for online audiences on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook is a skill that can offer lawyers a distinct career advantage, and law schools should consider making it a core competency of legal education... Read More

Mending your emails: 3 bad habits that blow a hole in your email writing
Posted on 11-04-2015 by Chad Troyan

In any business , one of the most important tools is email. It is the lifeline to any client or potential prospects. Given its’ importance, it would be wise to clean up any bad email writing habits you may be guilty of. According to The Media Online , here are three bad habits that will hurt your... 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

Your handwriting: What it reveals about you [infographic] #WritingLegally
Posted on 10-07-2015 by Christina Alge

It’s amazing the things we learn each and every day. Take for instance this: People who tend to write rounded letters tend to be creative and artistic . Additionally, people who dot the “I” high above, they tend to have a great imagination . Deriving characteristics such as the ones... Read More

Wasting your words: 5 words/phrases that muddy your writing #WritingLegally
Posted on 10-07-2015 by Chad Troyan

There are many ways to make a good first impression. A huge tool for that in the business realm is writing. Here are5 words/phrases that muddy your writing according to the Business Journal . 1. Actually This word is pointless. If something is ‘ actually happening’ , then it’s just... Read More

Lean writing = Gutting the word glut: 18 compound phrases to simplify #WritingLegally
Posted on 09-30-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The lawyers are considered a lot of things, but one of the first things that comes to mind when describing them is this - wordy . They can take the simplest ideas that can be described in 20 or less words and take 200 words describe the same idea. So in order to avoid that, we’ve sought help of... Read More

Death by writing: 10 deadly business words/phrases #WritingLegally
Posted on 09-30-2015 by Chad Troyan

No matter who you work for, you always want them to look good, maintain a good image. One thing that could make or break your company’s image is the writing it produces and sends out to clients. If it’s bad, chances are the business won’t be good either. According to Business Know-How... Read More

Gender-neutral language in your legal writing: 3 approaches #WritingLegally
Posted on 09-16-2015 by Chad Troyan

Today’s society is not just one consumed by technology, but one whose younger generation have openly accepted the idea of uniqueness , especially when it comes to their gender. The recent rise of trans-genders has brought up the question of how to address them? According to California Lawyer ,... Read More

10 "deadly" business words/phrases you should avoid
Posted on 09-16-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

No matter who you work for, you always want them to look good, maintain a good image. One thing that could make or break your company’s image is the writing it produces and sends out to clients. If it’s bad, chances are the business won’t be good either. According to Business Know-How... Read More

3 myths that’ll wreck your workplace communications #WritingLegally
Posted on 09-16-2015 by Tracie Morris

There are countless myths we have been led to believe over our lifetime. Sometimes it’s wise to heed them while other times it can be detrimental. Here are three myths that will wreck your workplace communications according to Business Insider . 1. You should use your conversation partner’s... Read More

3 Great Cuts to Clear Up Your Writing #WritingLegally
Posted on 09-09-2015 by Christina Alge

Do you ever find yourself reading something and feel it was too wordy? If so, you are not alone. Often times people stretch out sentences by adding or using unneeded words or phrases. According to Legal Writing Pro , here are three phrases that can be cut to declutter your writing. They used excerpts... Read More

Breaking down barriers to effective communication: 2 tools - S.E.A.L. & L.A.W.S. #WritingLegally
Posted on 09-09-2015 by Tracie Morris

Communication can be like many other tasks- either you are good at it or you could use some help. If aren’t the greatest communicator there are plenty of tools out there to help. In fact, thanks to LexisNexis University Blog , here are two tools you can use to help improve your communication. ... Read More

Crafting goodwill within your writing: 4 tips #WritingLegally
Posted on 09-09-2015 by Chad Troyan

We all want to make good impressions on others- it’s no surprise to anyone. However, in this digital society one way we make that impression is through our writing. In fact, the best way to do it is by creating goodwill. How can you do that? I’m glad you asked. According to eHow , here... Read More