Legal Writing Webinar

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Polishing up my PowerPoint for a national CLE webinar tomorrow! It’s my first time presenting for C4CM Training & Development. And this time I’m not flying solo. More

Judicial Plagiarism

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Have you ever argued a motion and had the court rule directly from the bench awarding you your requested relief? Didn’t you feel like the cool kid that day? Chest puffed out a little bit while you tried to restrain yourself out of respect for opposing counsel? And after winning your motion, did the court dump the task of drafting the order on you? Of course it did. No court has time to actually draft orders, right? That’s the least you could do after the court was gracious enough to rule in your favor. And even though it was another tick on your to-do list, you secretly welcomed that chore, because it meant you got to tweak the wording of the order precisely to your client’s advantage. Am I off here? No. You know this drill.
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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, everyone! Hope your 2015 is full of clarity and meaning, with no splices, run-ons, or dangling participles! :-)

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Comma Drama

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Wait, so, every voter is by definition “physically disabled or … visibly pregnant or frail”?

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The Dunning-Kruger Lawyer

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I recently ran across more awesomeness from Bryan Garner. (Sorry if you’re over the Garner craze. I’m a fan, even though I don’t always agree with him.) Dunning-Kruger debilitates many professions, but I’d have to agree with Garner that we lawyers are all but intellectually paralyzed by it. In pondering “Why Lawyers Can’t Write” back in March of 2013 for the ABA Journal, Garner noted: More

Legal Writing Webinar

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If anyone’s bored around lunchtime on Thursday, 9/4/14, tune in to this webinar on legal writing, hosted by the Tennessee Bar Association.  The speaker will be yours truly! :-)

Would You Like Salt on That Crow?

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Antonin ScaliaSo, the Honorable Justice Antonin Scalia — renown legal genius and reigning undisputed heavyweight champion of biting rhetorical snark — has now been reduced to making clandestine corrections to one of his famously condescending dissents.  I realize this is old news now, but I’m posting it mostly as a word of simultaneous warning and relief to my students and to fellow lawyers. More

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