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Matt Lerner at New York Civil Law posted today about a new blog that focuses on improving legal writing called the (new) legal writer.  It's a great resource and I encourage you to check it out.

The most recent post at the (new) legal writer highlights this very helpful and informative Guide to Legal Writing, which was originally mentioned at the Legal Writing Prof Blog

After reading the Guide, I inwardly cringed and felt the need to immediately edit one of yesterday's posts.  I had to restrain myself from editing other posts as well.   

It's always nice to be reminded of your imperfections, isn't it?  I'm constantly  trying to improve my legal writing, but sometimes slip into bad habits on my blog. Although I take great pride in my legal writing skills, the blog format is not particularly conducive to impeccable  writing.   Since this blog is a "one woman show", most posts are typed very quickly and are essentially first drafts.  I thought I was doing just fine until I read the Guide.

On second thought, maybe you shouldn't read the Guide.  But, if you do, please forget everything you've learned prior to reading my next post!


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Damin J. Toell, Esq.

On the other hand, there's a fine line between writing concisely and writing so simply as to appear a dullard. Moreover, I spent good money at Cardozo to learn big words, and I intend to use all of them at every opportunity. :)

I also recommend "The Legal Writer" column in the NYSBA Bar Journal, penned by New York County Housing Court Judge Hon. Gerald Lebovits. I sometimes correspond with Hon. Lebovits by e-mail to discuss legal writing issues, and I find his authorial discipline to be inspiring.


"Authorial"--good one. Your money was well spent, Damin;)

Damin J. Toell, Esq.

I drop a nickel in a jar every time I use a word like that. ;)

The Happy Feminist

Now I'm afraid to read the link too. Blog writing is supposed to be hurried and off-the-cuff. I think people understand that it's not supposed to be polished work. That's what makes blogs fun to write -- and fresh sounding too.

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