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Legal Writing and Publishing

Five Things to Stop Doing With Business Emails in 2020

Do your clients and colleagues a favor and check out these five things to stop doing with emails.

Laura Ernde - March 13, 2020
Conquer Writer’s Block The 21-Minute Method

Conquer Writer’s Block: The 21-Minute Method

Don’t have hours of uninterrupted writing time to dedicate to your brief or memo? Don’t worry. If you can find 20 to 30 minutes, then you can write the first draft. Here are Gary Kinder's three steps and three rules to get you writing.

Gary Kinder - February 3, 2020
Get to the Point attorney

Your Livelihood Depends on Persuasive Writing

For more persuasive writing, make sure every word counts and sentence construction is terse. Here are some suggestions.

Theda C. Snyder - January 14, 2020
5 Formatting Tricks That Won’t Save a Bloated Brief

5 Formatting Tricks That Won’t Save a Bloated Brief

WordRake Product Spotlight | A client wants a memo that paints a clear picture and outlines next steps like a Blue Apron meal kit. A judge wants a Maurice Sendak book not George R.R. Martin. Your audience wants you to deliver shorter documents. ...

WordRake - November 8, 2019
Business as Usual

What Features Should Legal Drafting Software Provide?

Checklist | Are your "business as usual" habits affecting your law firm's ROI?

Thomson Reuters - November 4, 2019

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

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
Get to the Point attorney

Case Resolution Vocabulary

Be sure you use the correct ADR terms with clients, judges and opponents to avoid misunderstandings.

Theda C. Snyder - July 10, 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

Using Colons and Semicolons in Memos and Briefs

Our legal writing skills series continues with a couple of punctuation marks that often trip up lawyers.

Josh Taylor - May 15, 2019