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Review: Typography For Lawyers (2nd Edition)

A couple weeks ago I received a review copy of Matthew Butterick‘s Typography For Lawyers (TFL), 2nd edition from the publisher. It’s not a new release, it actually came out last year. But it’s something that I’ve been meaning to read and ...

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The Ten Commandments of Brief Writing

Brief writing is part art and part science. How you develop your theme, present your arguments, structure your facts. While researching something completely unrelated, I came upon a brief article by Justice Maria Rivera (First District Court of Appeal, Div. 4, CA) ...

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Bad Motion v. Good Motion: Motion to Compel

When writing a motion to compel for a judge, you want to make it persuasive. You don’t want to make it a chore to read. Honorable Randy Wilson, a District Judge out of Texas wrote an article in the Advocate juxtaposing two ...

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Churchill’s 5 Elements Of Persuasive Speaking

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, famed British Prime Minister during World War II, was not only a noted statesman, but also a gifted student of oration and history. Churchill wrote numerous pieces on history, the English language, and how to develop the ...

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How To Write Interrogatories

So far I’ve covered two aspects of discovery drafting: How to Write (Better) Requests for Admissions How To Write (Better) Requests For Production So let’s round it out with the third prong of written discovery requests, interrogatories. Federal Interrogatory Rule Again, rules ...

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How To Write (Better) Requests For Production

Lazy lawyers tend to make discovery requests formulaic. They have “stock” or “off-the-shelf” discovery requests they use for almost every case. This make make things easy, but it also means not exercising due diligence when it comes to preparing a ...

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Should Lawyers Ditch Legalese?

Here is the difference between winning Olympic vaults, 56 years apart: Here are examples of two contract clauses, 56 years apart. Old: The parties hereto do hereby stipulate and agree that it is their intention and covenant that this agreement and ...

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Book Review: Deep Work

Three years ago I reviewed So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport. It was one of my favorite books that year and I continue to recommend it to people. Newport has just released his next book, Deep Work: Rules For ...

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How To Write A Good Legal Memo

Perhaps the most important skill a new lawyer needs to have a firm grasp of is writing. Why? Writing is thinking: It’s simple. The amount of information our brains can fit into our short term memory at once isn’t a lot. If ...

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