Does your blog sound modern or dated? Do you find it difficult to get potential clients to relate? Believe it or not, some of those tried-and-true, old-fashioned writing laws could be part of the problem.
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The Oxford Comma has become a rallying cry for grammar enthusiasts and has prompted a number of hilarious, if often inappropriate memes. But now the dispute over style and punctuation has gotten serious, deciding the fate of several workers’ claim for overtime pay in Maine.
We’ve all seen it: a social media argument devolve into a competition over grammar. There’s no doubt grammar is important. But whether on Facebook or your next legal brief, good grammar won’t be enough to save your bad argument.
Have you ever read a motion and wondered what’s left for the brief? Or waded through a brief only to find a compelling argument buried at the end? Everyone has read a bad brief, But how can you keep from writing one? It all starts with structure.
Everyone knows that content is king. Writing high-quality webpages and blog posts is the key to increased web traffic and closed business. But what about the space between the words? Could your use of white space actually help support your content?
If you are like most bloggers I know, you try to write your blogs well the first time so you won’t need to spend a lot of time going over it again to edit it. But if you hurry too much, you could leave your readers in the mud.
Not all of your writing goes to the courts or the web. No matter what your practice area, eventually you will have to write a letter to your client. So take the time to make them effective and add quality to your customer experience.
This month the Michigan Supreme Court issued a new set of citation rules called the Michigan Appellate Opinion Manual. These standards apply to judges opinions and to lawyers’ briefs alike. While there aren’t too many changes from the previous standard of legal citation, the manual does have some useful suggestions: Short-Form Citations You only have […]
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This month writers across the country and internationally will be scrambling to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Most bloggers are afraid of anything long-form. But NaNoWriMo and it’s non-fiction counterpart, National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo) can inspire bloggers to do more with their archived articles, even publish […]
Lawyers and other highly trained professionals are in danger. They don’t know how talk to their clients, and so in the world of social media they risk losing followers by talking over their heads. So how can you fight the disease of legalese? Here are some tips: Drop the Dictionary Every lawyer has developed an […]