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Communications Skills

Legal Writing and Music: It’s Called Composition for a Reason

Did you know that many of our most cherished musical composers studied law? Josh Taylor explores the similarities in musical composition and legal writing.

Josh Taylor - October 14, 2019

Three Golden Rules to Help Introverted Lawyers Speak Up

How do you make your voice heard in a room full of social dynamos? Here's advice from Jane Finkle, author of "The Introvert's Ultimate Career Guide."

Jane Finkle - October 8, 2019
Get to the Point

OK, So You’ve Got a Thesaurus

You want to come across as erudite, not clueless.

Theda C. Snyder - October 2, 2019
conflict

When Conflict Is Not Constructive: Using De-escalation Skills at Work

If you find yourself on the receiving end of unconstructive conflict and feel shamed, blamed or manipulated, here are ways to de-escalate the situation.

Renee Branson - September 5, 2019
Get to the Point

Mediation Vocabulary

Mediation has its own vocabulary. Lawyers who know it can best manage the process to produce the optimum result. Tips from Teddy Snyder.

Theda C. Snyder - September 3, 2019

Name Plaintiffs or Other Parties Precisely

The words you use to identify a plaintiff may color the reader's view. Don't miss an opportunity to legitimately tip the scales in one direction.

Josh Taylor - August 27, 2019
Get to the Point

You Wouldn’t Put up With “Yeah, No” From a Witness — Why Do You Say It?

Yeah, no, I get it. These speech mannerisms have a way of creeping into our vernacular, but, for lawyers, this one may be the worst.

Theda C. Snyder - August 7, 2019

Walking the Line: Persuasive Legal Writing Tactics and Professional Tone

Here are my favorite tips for persuasive legal writing that does not cross the line into unprofessional conclusory argumentativeness.

Josh Taylor - July 25, 2019

Commonly Interchanged in Parlance and Commonly Confused in Writing

Our legal writing skills series continues with some commonly interchanged words that have acquired common (mis)usage in our writing.

Josh Taylor - June 20, 2019
Nothing But the Ruth by Ruth Carter

Be a More Effective Speaker

Want your talks to be well-received? Be yourself, field as many questions as you can — and have fun.

Ruth Carter - June 12, 2019