Nerdy-Amazing Book Review

Nerdy-Amazing Book Review

I write a lot of things: novels, essays and journalism pieces, and, as you might not know, nerdy books on nerdy things like legal reasoning, writing, argumentation, and citation. My latest nerdy outing, The Complete Legal Writer, is one of my proudest accomplishments....

Cover Reveal: The Complete Legal Writer

Over the last two years, my friend and former colleague Alexa Chew and I have been writing a book. It’s going to press very soon. We worked closely with the awesome designer at our press and came up with an amazing cover, and I’m going to share it with...

What “Counts” as Knowledge

A Twitter colleague and I shared an exchange recently that showcased both her beautiful voice and her strong ideas: @krgpryal &….prioritize indigenous knowledge AS KNOWLEDGE, bcz it has all been discredited as mere artifact, myth, curio. #decolonize —...

Oh no, OSHA

Preamble: This is a blog post about audience awareness. 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 the welcome screen: The image...

New Blog: “Listen Like a Lawyer”

Check out this new lawyering blog on learning how to “Listen Like a Lawyer.” Professor Jennifer Murphy Romig of Emory Law has started a new blog about effective listening and listening theory. Recent posts explore ethical listening, listening skills, and...

Taylor Mali on Proofreading (funny)

In honor of the end of the semester, which brings along with it the end-of-semester grading of papers, I’m posting this classic poetry performance by teacher-poet Taylor Mali, titled “The The Impotence of Proofreading.”...

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

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 they...

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...