Legal Writing


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Qualifiers Do Not Increase Quality

By | May.10.17 | 1 Comment

You can’t be persuasive if your message is confusing. Whether you’re arguing a motion or giving an interview on a political issue, clarity is what counts. A qualifier changes the meaning of another word or …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Write Your Way Into the Euphemism-Free Zone

By | May.01.17 | No Comments

Last month’s United Airlines overbooking debacle and the subsequent PR disaster and brand implosion has me thinking of the value of communicating clearly. There’s much to be critical of in United’s behavior and initial poorly …Continue reading »


LAWYER STARTUPS

10 Minutes with Legal Tech Entrepreneur Gary Kinder

By | Mar.09.17 | No Comments

Legal technology entrepreneur Gary Kinder earned a law degree, but he didn’t go straight into the law. Instead, he taught writing at his alma mater, became a published author himself, and began traveling the country …Continue reading »


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Invisible Syllables

By | Mar.06.17 | No Comments

A television commercial for Butterfinger candy bars brags that they are “crispety.” Another advertisement claims they are “crunchety.” These descriptions are not words, and Nestle should not be trying to persuade us otherwise. One would …Continue reading »


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Elegant Insults

By | Feb.13.17 | 4 Comments

When your brain knows just the right word, you can be more concise. And sometimes you can slip in the verbal dagger without the victim understanding what you’ve done. Insouciant When you want to say the defendants …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

My Top Writing Tips for the Busy Author

By | Feb.01.17 | 1 Comment

Maybe this is the year you’ve committed to writing a blog. Perhaps you want to improve your client alerts or have just been given a monthly column. Talk about producing content under pressure! You’ve mastered …Continue reading »


WordRake 3 Review

On Writing Better With WordRake Software

By | Jan.30.17 | 1 Comment

Lawyers are judged by the written words we put on websites and promotional materials and in our primary work products, be they briefs, contracts, leases, warrants or wills. In an analog world, work products were buried …Continue reading »


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About Your Love Affair with the Hyphen

By | Jan.11.17 | No Comments

Some writers feel compelled to insert extra hyphens. Often they do it when they think they spot an adverb. Sometimes the offending word isn’t even functioning as an adverb; it’s part of a compound verb. …Continue reading »


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Attorneys, Don’t Bury the Lede

By | Dec.05.16 | No Comments

Attorneys frequently ignore this basic journalism rule: Start with your strongest point. Your lead or “lede” should entice the reader to continue reading. The phrase “bury the lede” appears to be the only use of …Continue reading »


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To Comma, Or Not to Comma: You May Be Getting It Wrong

By | Nov.09.16 | 2 Comments

Comma placement can cause a big effect in legal documents. (See “What Broadway’s Hamilton Teaches About Legal Interpretation.”) In particular, whether or not to place a comma before the word “and” frequently leads to errors. Use the …Continue reading »