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Legal Writing and Publishing

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
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Use Find and Replace to Improve Your Writing

Take advantage of Find and Replace as part of the last once-over for that important letter, contract or brief.

Theda C. Snyder - April 16, 2019

Honing Legal Writing Skills: Passive Voice and Parentheticals

The first post in our new series with rules, optional techniques and simple suggestions to remind you that strong writing makes you a better lawyer.

Josh Taylor - April 9, 2019
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To Jargon or Not to Jargon

Using jargon can alienate outsiders, including judges. But is there ever a good reason to use it?

Theda C. Snyder - April 3, 2019
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Litigation Terms Parties Get Wrong: ‘We’ll Go to Court to Settle This!’

Parties frequently use terms incorrectly, and that leads to miscommunication.

Theda C. Snyder - March 4, 2019
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‘Coequal’: Is That a Word?

The bottom line is that “coequal” means “equal.”

Theda C. Snyder - February 12, 2019

Is Google Better Than a Dictionary?

"Get to the Point!" is a huge fan of working the heck out of your dictionary to improve your writing. But is Google better?

Theda C. Snyder - December 10, 2018
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Numerical References You May Not Know

To avoid putting the proverbial keyboard in your mouth, do not use words or phrases until you are 100 percent certain of the meaning.

Theda C. Snyder - October 8, 2018
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When Your Vocabulary Gets Wasted

No, we don't mean your words go into the garbage. A tipsy vocabulary may enrich your communications. In the right case, soused language can be spot-on.

Theda C. Snyder - September 10, 2018
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Nym Words: Sufferin’ Suffixes

Words with the suffix “–nym” pop up regularly. Some are common, but many of the 46 words with this suffix are not. “Nym” derives from the Greek word for “name” or “word.” Don’t include obscure –nym words just to show off; that just confuses ...

Theda C. Snyder - July 11, 2018