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8 Requirements for Writing a Legal Article that will Get Read

With so much practice, why is it that lawyers are so terrible at writing articles?  Are we just lazy, selfish, myopic?  I don't think...

How Lawyers Can Write Extremely Boring Articles

As a profession, we lawyers have really mastered the art of writing extremely boring articles.  As a group of people that pride ourselves on...

4 Ways your Legal Drafting Sucks

One of the things people can't stand about lawyers is the way we communicate.  In particular, the way legal writing shapes up is often...

How to Infuriate a Judge in 4 Easy Steps

Depending on your perspective, Judges lie somewhere between a necessary evil and the pinnacle of the justice system.  Whatever your view, however, the fact is...

Doing the Two Step

I am a habitual reader of Mitch Jackson's Communication Tips, and recently Mitch posted an article that I thought you might find interesting about...

Public Speaking Tips – Advocacy

Advocacy for young lawyers is a big deal.  It is, after all, what many lawyers went into practice after seeing on TV.  What we...

Public Speaking Tips – You and Clients

In my articles so far with public speaking tips, I've mainly focused on big audiences.  However, public speaking (in my mind) also encompasses smaller...

Formal Letter Writing

Formal letter writing is the bane of lawyers.  We just can't seem to get a break when it comes to how our clients want...

How to Give a Good Presentation – In 5 Easy Steps

So I set the scene with this fairly bland post about public speaking.  Today I'm going to drill down on the broader topic of...

Public Speaking Tips for Lawyers

Not all lawyers are good at public speaking.  It's a little disappointing, right?  I mean, we see all those awesome arguments, debates, and engagements...

The Right Tone – Anathema to Legalese

Legal writing is quite a tricky thing to master.  In particular, as I've written before, young lawyers can face a lot of challenges making...

Legalese – Celebrating the Incomprehensible

Yep I wanted a theme this week - and legalese is it!  Welcome to our week dedicated to all things incomprehensible in the law....

5 Strategies to Improve your Communication Skills

I've talked about communication skills from time to time.  But although I've given some general principles, I've never really looked at how to improve...

Latest news

Should you Just Phone Your Opponent?

Ah yes, the great joy of the litigator: writing unbelievably long-winded letters back and forth for months to set out why your client is...

Or… We Could Just Fire You Instead

Recently I took a bit of a shot at law firms trying to pretend that their COVID-related pay cuts came with associated reduced working...

40% Pay Cut, 140% Full Time Load

It's been fascinating watching law firms react (in advance) to what they believed was going to be the horror story of COVID-19.

How to Make the Most of Your CLE

Attending any kind of continuing legal education can feel like it was largely a waste of time - even if it came with a...

Legal Careers Are Awesome

Recently I mentioned what I thought was a fairly self-evident concept: being a lawyer is actually pretty challenging. If...
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