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Making It Sing: How Rhetorical Writing Techniques Can Improve Legal Writing

Legal writing does not need to resemble a cross between a nineteenth century sermon and a treatise on higher mathematics.


3 Tips For Taking a Case to the Supreme Court

If you want the Supreme Court to take your case, you have to have a case worth taking.


It’s Still Coaching if You Are Passing Notes Back and Forth

"I would like the record to reflect Mr. Ryan is writing notes to his client while she is answering a question."


Anatomy of a Good Deposition Question

Even if you walk into a deposition with a solid plan, your plan can quickly change question by question. It’s at this micro-level — the way you ask each individual question — where many deposition errors are made.


Five Microsoft Word Rules You Must Follow

Following these five rules of Microsoft Word will save you time, frustration, and money.


Big Firm Habits You Need to Break

Obscurity is not security, nor will it get you clients when you make the jump from a big firm to a small firm or solo practice.


Internet Research Tips and Resources for Lawyers

Some of the most-useful Internet research tips and resources from Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch.


Some Courts Are Living in the Past, Insisting on Typewriter Fonts

"Massachusetts is one of only three states—along with Alabama and New Jersey—that essentially force appeals court attorneys to file their briefs in the font."


Show Your Client You Are Earning Your Fee

At Unwashed Advocate, Eric Mayer explains what is means to go through the motions of zealous advocacy.

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The Enigmatic Em Dash

Don't fear the em dash—it can add energy and much needed variety to your prose.


How to Cite Buzz Lightyear in a Legal Brief

"I suppose you might also be wondering, 'In what situation might I feel compelled to cite an animated action figure as an authority in one of my briefs?'"


Lawyers Fight Bravely to Save the Endangered Adverb

Lawyers, aided by legislative champions of the downtrodden in many states and the United States Congress, have come to the rescue of the much-maligned adverb.

How to Hyperlink in Federal Court Filings is “A compendium of resources for attorneys interested in adding hyperlinks to their CM/ECF filings.”


How to Handle a Mixed Check with Earned and Unearned Fees

Learning how to appropriately handle mixed checks is the best way to avoid bookkeeping errors that lead to ethics problems.


Bestlaw for Chrome Adds the Features Westlaw Forgot

Joe Mornin, a 3L at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), built Bestlaw, a free browser extension for Google Chrome that adds a bunch of useful features to WestlawNext.