Skills


Skills

Lawyers Suck at Listening

By | Dec.03.14 | 5 Comments

Oh, don’t act so shocked. You know it’s true. Even if you’re an exceptionally sensitive lawyer, you’re still stuck dealing with other lawyers. And you’re not exactly a fan of being cut off, condescended to …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

Windyfoggery and Other Writing Tips from the Master

By | Nov.06.14 | No Comments

Theodore Bernstein created an analog to the economic maxim that bad money drives out good: bad words tend to drive out good ones. Bernstein, a journalist and professor, wrote or co-wrote seven books on grammar and …Continue reading »


To Quote or Not to Quote: Either Way, Check Your Source

By | Oct.14.14 | 1 Comment

The Internet is awesome. It’s also horrible. It’s the greatest timesaver in human history (okay, maybe air travel, but it’s up there). It’s also the biggest time-suck. With so much information and so many resources …Continue reading »


BUILDING SKILLS

Five Hot Tips for Researching on Google Scholar

By | Oct.08.14 | No Comments

If you are seeking ways to reduce your legal research costs, here is one good option: Google Scholar. It is an online research service you can use to find cases and secondary sources for free. …Continue reading »


Lawyering Skills

The Ultimate Answer to Tough Questions

By | Oct.07.14 | 2 Comments

I still remember my first day in torts class. Old man river, my respectable professor, called on me to analyze an opinion from some archaic case. “Ms. (unfortunately easy-to-pronounce maiden name), is this paragraph law or …Continue reading »


Power User

For Better or Worse: Customizing Styles in Microsoft Word

By | Sep.25.14 | 2 Comments

In last month’s column, “Stylin’ It in Microsoft Word,” I showed how using Word’s default Styles to format documents can make your life much easier — and urged you to “leave ’em as Microsoft set ’em.” Still, …Continue reading »