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On Mentors: To Sharpen Is To Destroy

  When I was an uchi-deshi, there were special classes reserved for senior students called kenshu (“sword sharpening”). During these classes, I would sit in seiza (“proper sitting”) for 30 minutes or so, listening to the instructor lecture on a ...

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True Victory is Victory Over the Self

An old year falls, a new one rises. People will dedicate to change. They will tell themselves that this year will be different. They will commit to change their appearance, their friends, their family, their job. Goals will be set. ...

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Review: Solo By Choice

  There’s a lot of noise being made about new lawyers going solo straight out of law school. Considering the dismal market for legal jobs, many new law grads are headed towards solo practice out of necessity. A large number ...

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Inside Baseball and Orwell’s 6 Rules for Clear Writing

  “Inside baseball” refers to using jargon, specialized knowledge, acronyms, first names instead of full names, or other such things when speaking and writing. Using shorthand of this sort is simply more efficient when among friends, colleagues, or other “insiders.” ...

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Becoming A Good Lawyer Requires Failure

So, as I’m sure most of you probably already know, Joseph Rakofsky has once again emerged from the shadows to test the bounds of reason, good sense and the law by filing…whatever the hell this is. If you’re not familiar ...

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11 Writing Blogs I Follow

  A reader recently asked: You mentioned in your review of Point Made that there are a number of legal writing blogs you follow: what legal writing blogs do you follow? I thought I’d put it up for everyone to ...

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Two Strategies for Effective Written Advocacy

The Legal writing Prof Blog has mention of a short article in The Missouri Bar’s newsletter, Precedent, on persuasive writing for generalist judges. Judges in general jurisdiction courts also may not initially be as familiar as counsel with the substantive law that will decide the ...

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