November 11, 2006
Among the many documents a lawyer may be asked to draft in the course of a career, surely the warranty is among the humbler written instruments. Yet it, too, must be clear, concise, and precise. A poorly-written warranty can lead to all kinds of problems for all parties to a transaction. Fortunately, good advice on how to write an effective warranty is available at:
November 10, 2006
more plain English resources
Check out the links and other resources at:
This website dedicated to plain English appears to be government sponsored, and hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration. Makes sense when you think about it; surely clear language use is important to aviators.
November 8, 2006
This website offer "free materials, articles, and ideas for ethical personal and organizational development, compassionate leadership, self-help and self-fulfillment." It's a great source to find basic info on everything from the stages of grief to Bloom's Taxonomy.
writing in new media
Legal writing professors Melissa Weresh and Lisa Penland have been reminding their students to remember those lessons about audience, purpose, and tone when writing in blogs and other on-line media. A short piece about their efforts to instill professionalism in all types of their students' writing can be read here.
hat tip: Professor John Edwards, Drake University
November 7, 2006
plain English for the English
I just stumbled across this location on this website:
It contains many gems. If they are an accurate example of the rest of the website, it doubtless contains many more gems. Only a lack of time today prevents me from discovering more of them.
And now, a word from our sponsor . . .
Last week, the American Constitution Society reported:
New York's Administrative Board of Courts has proposed a new set of rules that would have a tremendous impact on legal blogs. Touted as bringing the rules of professional responsibility into the Internet age, these rules would construe legal blogs as advertising per se. As such, lawyers would be required to print, store and forward hard copies each and every time that they update their blog.
Some of the more interesting reading I do these days appears in the blogs of practicing lawyers, some of whom may be in New York (I haven't checked). These blogs are an important source of current information, not ads. I choose to visit them. Even if New York ultimately nixes the proposal, I wonder whether it will resurface in other jurisdictions.
November 6, 2006
AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference
I've just returned from the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference, where I had the pleasure of speaking with numerous LRW profs and numerous candidates for LRW positions. The value of being a presence there--and of having such a strong pool of candidates from which to choose--is a wonderful sign of the maturing of the LRW community.
November 5, 2006
mini-conference in Boston
As announced by the legal writing faculty at Suffolk University:
"The next regional conference of the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers will be held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA on Friday, December 1, 2006.
"The topic is “Taking a Student's Draft to the Next Stage Through Student Conferences.” The conference will not involve presentations, but rather hands-on workshops where groups of legal writing professionals will break off and discuss varying ways on conferencing the student's memo. The memo will be made available to all participants in the near future. We also will post any handouts that professors use during their conferences, such as peer-editing reviews, self-graded worksheets, or other similar documents.
"The conference will run from approximately 9:30 a.m. (Breakfast) - 2:30 p.m. Details for accommodations and directions will soon be posted. I am also in negotiations with Al Roker to ensure that we do not have a repeat of the ice/blinding snow blizzard that hit this conference last year.
"This consortium was co-founded by Suffolk University Law School, New England Law School, and Boston College Law School, several years ago, and has been a popular conference ever since. We hope to see you there.
"Please e-mail Professor Ann McGonigle Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 17, 2006 if you plan to attend our conference."