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How to Turn Lawyers into Better Writers

By and large, lawyers fall into two camps: those who loathe admitting that their writing needs help and, worse, those who do not even realize it. Set aside your ego. It’s time for some introspection and, hopefully, action.

How to Subpoena Information from Facebook and Other Social Networks

"So is social media information accessible via civil subpoena? Who knows. Courts are all over the place with it."

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Evaluate Your Writing with Word’s Readability Statistics

Writing for your audience means keeping your words simple and your sentences succinct. Use Microsoft Word's readability feature to help you make this happen.

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How to Represent a Diverse Clientele

Lawyers have to adjust their client relations to an increasingly diverse clientele. Here’s what you need to start doing to get it right.

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Don’t Let Intimidation Drive Your Litigation Strategy

If someone could burn down your house, would they really knock on your door and blow smoke in your face?

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Podcast #1: Alan Dershowitz’s Advice for Young Lawyers

Alan Dershowitz gives a lot of advice to young lawyers in Letters to a Young Lawyer. The book has been around for a while, but it is still full of good advice for young lawyers — and so is Dershowitz.

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How to Love Doing Your Timesheet

Next time you find yourself ranting about your timesheets, consider whether you can use your bills to make yourself happier.

Ben Edelman Is Hardly the Only Bully in the Legal Profession

Edelman was obviously being a bully and a douchebag, but how many times have you heard a lawyer threaten someone with their law degree?

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5 Fonts Courts Use Besides Times New Roman

"Here are some good (and not so good) alternatives to Times New Roman (TNR) we’ve seen in court opinions."

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Six Steps to Better Depositions

Depositions are often frightening and difficult experiences. Use these six tips to ease your anxiety and own the room.

How to Use a Colon

From Columbia Journalism Review: Just as colon the organ, um, moves things along, so does colon the punctuation mark. It signals to a reader that what follows is a list, an elaboration or definition, or something else that continues the thought. It says that what follows is so closely related to the first part of […]

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.