April 04, 2006

Be an effective high-tech lawyer for free!

Evan Schaeffer offers a heads up:

This year, for the first time ever, law students can attend the ABA Techshow for free. It's taking place in Chicago from April 20-22.

If you're going to be in or near Chicago on those dates, you might want to check this out. If anyone goes, I'd love to hear what it was like and whether it seemed worthwhile.

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March 27, 2005

Ten Minute Mentor

For interesting tips on the actual practice of law, the Texas Bar offers the Ten Minute Mentor, a series of short instructional presentations on various legal topics, such as conducting voir dire or conflicts checking. The presentations are recorded audio enhanced w/slides for a multimedia effect, and they're organized into 25categories—from ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) to Wills/Trusts/Probate. This could be a great resource for 0Ls trying to figure out what lawyers actually do (and whether they'd like to do it, too), for law students learning these subjects in class, and, of course, for the practitioners for whom the presentations were designed. Hats off to the Texas Bar for making these things free and publicly available to all. Link via the new BlawgCast.com, part of the also very helpful Tech Law Advisor family of websites.

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February 06, 2005

Pacific Legal Writing Competition

From the Blawg Wisdom submission form:
I wanted to let you know about our writing competition. This competition is a great way to practice writing (as if you don't already do enough of that). Even better, if you win, no more need for free pizza for a while. The prizes are $5,000 for first place, with $3,000 and $1,500 for the runners up, so please share this with your student colleagues. Thanks!
The competition's sponsor, the Pacific Legal Foundation, says it is “rescuing liberty from the grasp of government” and it quotes James Fenimore Cooper (of “Leatherstocking Tales” fame) on its website. Without digging too deep, those cues suggest a somewhat libertarian organization, so perhaps you should pitch your competition papers toward that end of the field. Or maybe not. Topics and rules are here. Note to Pacific Legal: The second paragraph on your “about” page says that the “abuses of the English monarchy” are “subtle and incremental” today in America. I'm thinking that's not actually what you mean there, just FYI.

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December 02, 2004

Writing Appellate Briefs

Reader “Dan” writes: Here is a pithy article (well, ok it's rather long) on writing a good appelate brief. I saw this linked at Ernie the Attorneyand figured it would be good for boning up on brief writing or for One-Ls.

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September 01, 2004

Memo Issue Statements

Raymond Ward, an appellate lawyer and legal writing teacher from New Orleans, discusses how to write an issue statement for a memo and goes beyond asking the "shallow" questions (or, the B- paper) to developing an A+ worthy issue statement. [Wisdom via Not For Sheep.]

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August 30, 2004

Writing Tip: i.e. v. e.g.

Want to sharpen your writing? Then make sure you're using the abbreviations "i.e." and "e.g." correctly by reading Another REason to Drop IE and associated comments.

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August 20, 2004

Better Legal Writing (and more!)

Something some law students don't fully appreciate until it is too late is that lawyers are writers. If you practice law (and even if you just go to law school), you will write. A lot. So why not do it well?

In pursuit of better writing, make haste to Six Posts About Better Writing at the Illinois Trial Practice Weblog (ITPW), covering everything from learning to spot muddled writing to practical tips for eliminating it in your own work and suggestions for further reading. For the further reading, a good start is the Legal Writing category at the ITPW, which contains more practical writing advice as well as links to other great legal writing resources.

All of this writing assistance is generously offered by Evan Schaeffer of Notes From the (Legal) Underground, where you can also read a guest post from Dennis Kennedy covering Six Great Ways to Unmuddle Your Writing.

Finally, Notes From the (Legal) Underground also features its own advice category that's packed with tips for young lawyers, firm partners, firm staff, families of lawyers, and more. In short, Schaeffer is a veritable font of knowledge, and I, for one, thank him for his generous efforts.

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