Oh no, OSHA: On audience awareness

Oh no, OSHA: On audience awareness

:: This is a blog post about audience awareness, and how it can be screwed up so badly. Today I read a mandatory online OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) hazardous materials training for employees on a large employer. Below is a screen capture of...
Introducing: Core Grammar for College

Introducing: Core Grammar for College

After years of hard work, my co-author Ruth Ann McKinney and I, together with our production team at FireStream Media and our publisher Carolina Academic Press, have released Core Grammar for College. Core Grammar for College is the second in the Core Grammar Series,...
Stetson Law and Rhetoric Colloquium 2013

Stetson Law and Rhetoric Colloquium 2013

This past week, I was lucky enough to participate in the Law and Rhetoric Colloquium at Stetson University College of Law, put together by the inimitable Professor Kirsten K. Davis. Below is the announcement of the Colloquium, which includes a picture of the...
On Page Limits and Concision

On Page Limits and Concision

:: At the beginning of every school year, my legal writing students face a double, daunting challenge: to learn to write about a topic they are unfamiliar with (the law) in a dialect that they are unfamiliar with (legal discourse). They go bananas when I tell them...
Why Health Insurance Causes Heart Problems

Why Health Insurance Causes Heart Problems

:: What follows below is a rough transcript of a conversation that I just had with a representative from my health insurance company. I waited on hold for 15 minutes before I was able to speak with him. Before I called, I searched extensively online for the...
Terrible Lawyer Email Signatures

Terrible Lawyer Email Signatures

:: Lawyers sometimes allow legalese to infect their writing—even their email signatures. Setting aside the implications* of this sort of email signature, I wanted to make a suggestion to all lawyers out there: please remove the obfuscating legalese from your “do...
Sunlight and Law School

Sunlight and Law School

:: Law schools have gone through an immense crisis.  As surprising as it is, the class action law suit against New York Law School seems to fit right in with the recent trend of criticizing law schools for misrepresenting (1) scholarships, (2) grads’ employment...
Migraines and “Mainstream Healthcare”

Migraines and “Mainstream Healthcare”

:: Should the science war be waged in Michele Bachmann’s brain? Judith Warner’s recent op-ed in the New York Times pointed to a new way of thinking about the Bachmann-Migraine debate. I would first like to say that the way this debate became a debate in...
NY Times on the Business of Law School

NY Times on the Business of Law School

:: Apropos of my last post on student loan debt, here’s an article on how some law schools seem to be interested in making a lot of money in these hard economic times. Law School Economics: Ka-Ching! By David Segal, New York Times, July 16, 2011 I found this...