LovelyLadyLaw7

Concision in Legal Writing: Make It Brief (to an Extent)

As a reporter for the campus newspaper at my undergraduate university and the editor for one of the university's student-organization newsletters, I quickly came to realize the role of concision in news reporting.  As a reporter, I regularly skipped certain words (like "on" before a day of the week) in articles in order to meet the assigned word count; as an editor, I myself was forced to cut down on articles submitted to me so that I could make them fit on their assigned pages. In comparison to my experience as a news gatherer during my college years, I didn't…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

Legal Writing Skills: A Tool of the Lawyer’s Trade

An Introduction to This Column: Time to Take Out and Sharpen Those Pencils​ I was in the seventh grade when it happened to me.  As a seventh-grade social studies student, I had volunteered to represent the State in a hypothetical criminal trial and ultimately stood up in front of a jury of my fellow peers to argue that "the man" sitting before them (meaning a fellow peer who had volunteered to be the defendant) was guilty of kidnapping and grand larceny.  Every jury member then voted "guilty," and that was when it happened to me.  As I received the news that…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

Benefits of Blogging to Law-Minded Individuals

Have you ever had an idea and felt the burning desire to express it?  The idea hits you, and your mind starts to race while your eyes start to widen.  You may just even find yourself holding up your finger in a “eureka”-style moment for dramatic effect.  What do you do with all of that momentum?  A journal could work.  But what if you want your idea to have meaning?  What if you want to feel gratified for your idea and to find out if others actually think the same way too?  That is where blogging comes in.  As a…

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