ABA Censors Report, Apparently to Appease Donald Trump

Should the American Bar Association (ABA) be in the business of censoring its committees’ reports? Should the fear of being sued be enough to cause a major legal organization to whitewash an opinion against a political candidate like Donald Trump? Continue reading

Where Does Your Professional Stage End, and Your Personal Life Begin Online?

Whether you are a small business owner, manager, attorney, or anyone else with a public persona, it can be hard to draw a line between professional time and personal space. Nowhere is that more true than online. So how do you decide where your professional stage ends? Is it ever okay to be “off camera” while you are online? Continue reading

Structuring Your Motion and Brief to Make Them Better

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. Continue reading

Epic Storytelling Makes the Mundane Fascinating

I had had a long day. After staring at the blank page for far too long trying to decide what to write, I decided to pack it up and try again tomorrow. Writer’s block had struck. But when I got home, my husband inadvertently reminded me of exactly what had been missing from my blogging efforts: storytelling. Continue reading

Does Your Website Make the Most of White Space?

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? Continue reading

To Master Writing, Try Different Lengths

I have recently had the opportunity to experiment with several different lengths of written works – from long-form book, to op-ed, to blog post, and the hyper-short back cover blurb. What I have learned from it is this: writing outside your depth (or length) can make you better at what you do. Continue reading

Staying Professional in Controversial Debates

Over the last couple of weeks, a news storm has swept up my local court. As friends, neighbors, and Facebook followers engaged in the debate, I had a decision to make: stay professional or make comments about a judge whom I appear in front of regularly. Continue reading

Writing in Monotone: Using Purpose to Set Tone

Last week, I got the chance to participate in a writer’s retreat on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. The retreat taught me a couple of things: (1) Not all seminars need to resemble studying for the bar; and (2) Literary writers are as susceptible to group think as the rest of us. Continue reading