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Writing Tips from Gary Kinder

Words Matter: Writing the First Three Sentences

By | Aug.05.14 | 2 Comments

Lawyer, writer and writing instructor Gary Kinder wants lawyers to get to the point quickly in their communications with clients. “Too often lawyers write a letter to the client and won’t tell them the answer to the …Continue reading »


Writing Tips from Gary Kinder

Words Matter: Ways to Unmuddle Your Prose

By | Jul.17.14 | 6 Comments

In their written communications, lawyers need to use the right words and the right number of words in the right way. If you circumvent your content, malign your meaning, dangle your modifiers or otherwise mangle …Continue reading »


Your career is your job, Part Three

Nurture Your Network for Success

By | Dec.05.12 | 3 Comments

For this three-part feature, Steven Taylor interviewed Scott Westfahl about the approach his firm, Goodwin Procter, recommends to new associates when it comes to building a successful career—whether they stay at the firm or choose a …Continue reading »


Your career is your job, Part 2

Develop Your Professional Skills

By | Nov.29.12 | 3 Comments

In this three-part feature, Steven Taylor interviews Scott Westfahl about the approach Goodwin Procter recommends to new associates when it comes to building a successful career—whether they stay at the firm or choose a different path. …Continue reading »


Your Career is Your Job

Advice Every First-Year Should Know and Apply

By | Nov.19.12 | 5 Comments

In this three-part feature, Steven Taylor interviews Scott Westfahl about the approach Goodwin Procter recommends to new associates when it comes to building a successful career—whether they stay at the firm or choose a different path. …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

Cliches Don’t Cut the Mustard

By | Nov.06.12 | 4 Comments

Lawyers, it turns out, are not so special. They have just as much difficulty writing and speaking well in their native tongue as the next person. Poor grammar. Jargon. Weird syntax. The ever-popular use of 10 …Continue reading »


SKILLS

Five Tips for Getting Writing Right

By | Jan.12.11 | 1 Comment

Let’s face it: The legal profession is fraught with stilted language, circular constructions, pomp and its detestable buddy circumstance. Read nearly any statute, court decision or brief and you might feel you’ve fallen into that …Continue reading »


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Beyond Breaking the Ice

By | Dec.14.10 | No Comments

Starting Real Conversations. Volumes have been written, or blogged, about how to initiate a conversation. Much of this advice is cliché (“Ask the person, ‘How about that weather?’”), so obvious it’s worthless (“Smile …Continue reading »


Communicating

Delegating Done Right: Context Is Key

By | Dec.06.10 | 1 Comment

You’re overbooked, overworked and overwhelmed. You need help from an associate or two, or perhaps a team of lawyers. You need to delegate. Clearly, delegation falls more into the category of art than of science. No …Continue reading »