Legal Writing

Get to the Point

Accent on the Wrong Syll-ah-buhl?

Get to the Point! Don’t you hate it when something comes out of your mouth that makes your listener hesitate or give you a funny look?

Theda C. Snyder - June 14, 2022
colons and semicolons

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 - June 10, 2022
Get to the Point

How Euphemisms Improve Your Lawyering

Euphemisms are words or phrases used in place of other words that might offend the recipient of the message. The prefix eu- means “good.” Euphemisms substitute good language for what some might consider bad. Sometimes the communicator is ...

Theda C. Snyder - May 30, 2022
write like people read

Write Like People Read

Chris Graham | Have you noticed that the way you read websites, emails, text messages — even magazine and news articles — has changed over time?

Chris Graham - May 29, 2022
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Solve This Emoji: ⚖️ ✍️ ?

Are you a James Corden fan? One of the games he plays on "The Late Late Show" is Emoji Headlines.

Theda C. Snyder - May 28, 2022
Perfect Pen

The Perfect Pen, Perfect Pencil

Like you, I take a lot of notes in my professional life. Over the years I’ve developed silly obsessions with the quality of Ampad legal pads and National Brand 33-004 notebooks. But I never thought much about pens. I tended to use whatever cheap ...

Bull Garlington - May 20, 2022
Get to the Point

Multiplicity: I Got It — There’s a Lot of Them

Teddy Snyder | So many syllables. So many other word choices.

Theda C. Snyder - May 10, 2022
ethos pathos and logos

Lessons From Aristotle: How to Write Persuasively and Build Your Personal Brand

Jay Harrington | Persuasive writing follows a path laid thousands of years ago by Aristotle, the original master of persuasion.

Jay Harrington - May 2, 2022
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F-Bomb Your Way Into Better Business Writing

What if it sucks? What if a Senior Partner hates it? Is this the right word? Is it? Oh God, I don’t know if that’s the right word! WHAT WORDS ARE? WHO THEY WRITE STUFF!

Bull Garlington - April 27, 2022
Get to the Point

These Junk Phrases Could Undermine Your Credibility

Teddy Snyder | Your job is to persuade. Avoid condescending phrases that are more likely to repel the listener.

Theda C. Snyder - April 13, 2022
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