This just in: Law schools begin teaching students to be lawyers

This just in: Law schools begin teaching students to be lawyersJuly 6, 2012 Legal writing

According to a recent American Bar Association survey of  law school curricula, schools have begun adding courses geared toward training law students in the practical skills they’ll need when they are released into the ocean as baby sharks. The National Law Journal reports on the survey response: “The survey responses reveal a renewed commitment by law schools to [...]

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Born to write? I think not!

Born to write?  I think not!July 6, 2012 Pop culture

I firmly believe that good legal writing is a learnable skill, accessible to any lawyer who cares enough to learn. In fact, it drives me bonkers when I hear people perpetuating the myth of “either you have it or you don’t” when it comes to writing well. Hogwash! When that idea is touted by one who [...]

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Apparently, you can make a verb out of any old noun these days

Apparently, you can make a verb out of any old noun these daysJuly 5, 2012 Just funny

We can blog, google, and friend. And now we can cleavage! Or be cleavaged! Who knew?

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This is kinda sad

This is kinda sadJuly 1, 2012 Just wrong

I can see ladies’, or even lady’s. But ladie’s? Total miss.

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Lake beach bans lifeguards and swimming!

Lake beach bans lifeguards and swimming! July 1, 2012 Grammar

Spent a lovely weekend swimming in a crispy-cold lake in the Poconos and lounging on the lake’s beach.  I just hope we didn’t break any rules.  This sign seems to ban four things. Let’s review: We didn’t bring any glass — I’m a Tupperware lady. No dogs — no problem. I’m allergic. No lifeguards. I [...]

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Up for a whirlwind tour of legal writing?

Up for a whirlwind tour of legal writing?June 18, 2012 Legalese

Good!  Join me next Thursday at 1 pm for a one-hour audio-webcast: Writing for Lawyers: A Whirlwind Tour of Legal Writing Fundamentals.  The program is part of a weekly series, One-Hour Briefings, put on by Practising Law Institute (PLI). I’ll call out the most common weaknesses I see in good legal writing, and show you exactly [...]

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Romney releases iPhone app, Amercia delights in high-profile typo

Romney releases iPhone app, Amercia delights in high-profile typoJune 13, 2012 Just funny

If you’ve ever been mortified by submitting a document with a big ole typo (and who among us hasn’t?), you may take comfort in the recent kerfuffle over Mitt Romney’s iphone app snafu.  (Yes, I think the incident can fairly be characterized as a kerfuffle over a snafu.) As you may be aware, the Romney [...]

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Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this discussion of the use of “hopefully”

Hopefully, you'll enjoy this discussion of the use of "hopefully"June 5, 2012 Style and usage

Does it drive you crazy when pedants say it drives them crazy when people start a sentence with hopefully? Well, it does me. I’ve always felt it was perfectly fine to begin a sentence with hopefully. And it turns out I’m in good company.  Prof. Geoff Nunberg, a linguist who blogs at Language Log, recently posted [...]

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My PALS summer writing program is coming right up

My PALS summer writing program is coming right up May 31, 2012 News

It’s that time again. My annual writing program for PALS (Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, a minority mentoring organization) is next Wednesday night at Sullivan & Cromwell (NYC). Come for the food, come for the fun, come for the free writing tips.  Sign up on PALS site. Here’s the description: PALS is pleased to once again [...]

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Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life

Snoopy's Guide to the Writing LifeMay 28, 2012 Pop culture

Who better than Snoopy to provide sage advice on writing and life?  I admit, I may be biased — he was my favorite guy on the Peanuts sheets I slept on for most of my childhood. Apparently, I was in very good company with other word-loving Snoopy fans. In Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life, 30 [...]

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