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Legal Writing Tips from the Top: Supreme Court Justices' Preferences and Pet Peeves

Popular legal writing expert Bryan Garner gathered information from Supreme Court justices and put together a series of interviews as a guide. For example, Chief Justice John Roberts does not like to see "which" used where "that" is more appropriate. Justice Antonin Scalia dislikes...

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." But there's...

A J.D. Doesn’t Guarantee You Clear Communication Skills

Lawyers - write what you mean and mean what you write You may be working on these skills the rest of your career. That's OK. I am a big advocate of using your communications with colleagues, clients, and potential clients to set a tone for your identity as a legal professional ( see my recent...