Faux Words of Precision—Part 1
It's a popular myth that "words of precision" make contracts more precise. This is the first of a two-part series devoted to debunking that myth.
The Enigmatic Em Dash
Don't fear the em dash—it can add energy and much needed variety to your prose.
Fear Not Beginning Sentences with And or But
Old superstitions die hard. Yes, you can begin sentences with And and But
Use 5-Cent Words for 10-Dollar Ideas
To convey big ideas in your legal writing, use short, familiar Anglo–Saxon words.
Effective Writing is Efficient Writing
To write efficiently, uncover buried verbs and cut useless prepositions. Clients appreciate efficiency and the courtesy that comes with it.
Is it Time for Contractions in Legal Writing?
Contractions don't deserve the label of uneducated vulgarisms. So why do judges and lawyers avoid them in their legal writing?
Face It — Bad Legal Writing Wastes Money
If you want to save your firm and its clients money, focus on the hard and opportunity costs of bad legal writing.
Don’t Miss These Marks in Your Legal Writing
If you're confused about when to use hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes in your legal writing, here are some basic rules.
The Pitfalls of Sentence Adverbs in Legal Writing
Good legal writers avoid the myriad problems caused by using sentence adverbs in legal writing. Here's how you can too.
Legal-Writing Resolutions for 2013 (Part Two)
Assuming the world doesn't end on December 21, here are some New Year's resolutions that can improve your legal writing in 2013 (Part 2 of 2)
Legal-Writing Resolutions for 2013 (Part One)
Assuming the world doesn't end on December 21, here are some New Year's resolutions that can improve your legal writing in 2013 (Part 1 of 2).
Striking Introductions Make Memorable Legal Writing
Want to compose striking introductions to your legal writing? Try emulating the great composers.
Spell-Checkers Won’t Catch These Usage Bungles
Does your spell- and grammar-checker proof your writing and make your usage decisions? Some common usage errors should make you think twice.
Persnickety Lawyers Hyphenate Phrasal Adjectives
Persnickety lawyers hyphenate phrasal adjectives. Novices don't. So stop perpetuating this usage mistake by learning some basic rules.
Simple Legal Writing a Newfangled Idea? Hardly.
A simple, direct style of legal writing isn't a newfangled idea. In fact, this style has deep roots in Western literature and law. So let's defend it.