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Oh my. It’s my specialty! How important are typos? Are they going to be the death of someone? Should they be? Only a few people know if my resume had a typo on it when I got hired here (I like to think there were NONE) … and I was still hired as the PROOFREADER. 1) It’s hard to proofread...
As many students are going back to school, these Top 10 Student Writing Mistakes: Finals Edition can be used now, by everyone, in everyday writing. What are your worst offenders in your professional writing?
Are you one of those people who use “air” quotation marks? I do. But I talk a lot with my hands. It’s important to know the proper way to use quotation marks. Don’t get caught using your fingers in the air inappropriately . Grammarly can help.
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...
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...
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...
As lawyers, we work in facts, but that doesn’t mean we’re “factual”; i.e., “concerned with what is actually the case rather than interpretations of or reactions to it.” Like everyone else, our blind spot bends to story.
Facts get slathered with storytelling, and...
“Write less” … terrible advice for a writer, right? Stephen King thinks so. He once said:
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot .
Great advice for a novelist but not necessarily for a legal blogger. Before we go any...
Are you too lawyerly to wield a little poetry? If so, you’re neglecting a legal writing weapon. Even the Supreme Court understands the persuasive strike of verse. In Plaut v. Spendthrift Farm , 514 U.S. 211 (U.S. 1995), the majority said:
Separation of powers, a distinctively American political...
Writing, E. B. White said, is an “act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” The same might be said for football, that playing is an act of faith, not a trick of the rules. Coaches often preach this, that winning depends on heart and ability – what’s “inside.” It’s...
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...
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...
Writing is vital to lawyers. At LexisNexis, our #writinglegally posts rank at the top in terms of our lawyer engagement. This notwithstanding, some lawyers still sour at legal writing.
“Bah humbug!” they say.
Not unlike Uncle Scrooge from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (published December...
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.
“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...
This sentence is grammatically correct, but it doesn’t have the same punch as it does when you add bullets—Does it TWD fans:
To survive the zombie apocalypse, you should stay calm, find allies, and keep moving.
To survive the zombie apocalypse, you should:
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...
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 .
This word is pointless. If something is ‘ actually happening’ , then it’s just...
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...
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...
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 ,...
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...
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...
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. ...