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You can't get any higher than supreme. So when the public gets a glimpse into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, it's a big deal.
Wherever lawyers stand on legalese, they should, at least, stand on reason.
The LegalBoard is a keyboard designed just for lawyers. It gives you one-click access things lawyers need frequently, such as legal symbols, portions of citations, and track changes. Here is our first look.
Sometimes, visuals are the key to understanding—or even winning—a case, but lawyers routinely fail to use them.
Lawyers are fixated on fonts and typographical rules that went out of style decades ago. We can do better.
Lawyers often give in to the temptation of overstatement and bombast, but attorneys can often strengthen their case with understatement instead.
If lawyers stop disarming themselves by using legalese, maybe they won't need scare quotes. Until then, we'll have to put up with them. A baby step in the right direction is much better than nothing.
Take this test. Watch a cross-examination from almost any televised trial. You’ll probably find it’s pretty bad, maybe even as bad as Cristina Gutierez’s cross-examination of an expert witness (ending at 2:03) in the Adnan Syed case (the topic of last year’s Serial podcast): Getting it Right Any lawyer who fails on cross forfeits a major opportunity […]
Who is Phoenix Wright? He's an improbable video game trial lawyer whose only superpower is that he's a really good lawyer... sort of. Gamemaker Capcom describes him as" the rookie defense lawyer new to the scene with the wildest cross-examination skills in town." That's one way of putting it.