7 08, 2014

TO HECK WITH SPELLCHECK

By |August 7th, 2014|Humor, Seattle University Law School, teaching techniques, Writing|0 Comments

Or is it: “2 HEK WIT SPILL CHICK”CANDIDATE FOR A PULLET SURPRISEI have a spelling checker. It came with my PC.It plane lee marks four my revueMiss steaks aye can knot sea.Eye ran this poem threw it,Your sure reel glad two no.Its vary polished inn it's weigh.My checker tolled me sew.A checker is a bless [...]

13 03, 2013

WRITING SKILLS FOR LAW STUDENTS

By |March 13th, 2013|Bryan Garner, Jim McElhaney, Seattle University Law School, speaking, Writing|0 Comments

At Least Don’t Teach Bad Writing HabitsLaw schools should focus on producing professional communicators – lawyers who are effective writers and speakers. Bryan A. Garner’s column for this month’s ABA Journal is entitled, “Why Lawyers Can’t Write” with the subtitle: “Science has something to do with it, and law schools are partly to blame.” Garner’s [...]

20 12, 2012

LIST OF TIPS ON WRITING GOOD

By |December 20th, 2012|Humor, Writing|1 Comment

Came across some advice in The Utah Prosecutor. It is this “How to Write Good” list, which is attributed to Sally Buford - Sally Bulford, http://www.cc.utah.edu/~tr7184/How-to-Write-Good.txt. We can always learn more about things if there is a list to work from. It’s like water on a plant. Nourishing.1. Avoid alliteration. Always.2. Prepositions are not words [...]

4 03, 2011

SUMMARY JUDGMENT – WRITING AND ARGUING

By |March 4th, 2011|Judge John Erlick, Motions, p, Pretrial Tips, Writing|1 Comment

Writing and Arguing Motions – Tips from Judge John ErlickWhen Judge John Erlick, served as Chief Civil Judge of the King County Superior Court (Seattle), he created a column entitled “Tips from the Top” for the King County Bar Bulletin in which he answered questions posed by members of the bar. One lawyer wrote asking, [...]

17 07, 2009

CREATIVE LEGAL OPINIONS

By |July 17th, 2009|Appellate Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy Tips, Humor, Writing|0 Comments

The Camel Cigarette Ad CaseCreative writing is a confection – a treat to read and a treat to experience. Two judges got creative in their opinions in the Camel cartoon case. In 1998, the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company entered into a multi-billion dollar settlement with several states and as part of the settlement agreed not [...]

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