Friday, November 16, 2012

Thinking About How We Teach Research in Light of Law Firm Billing Trends

As the semester draws to a close and we look ahead, the ABAJournal has provided some interesting food for thought concerning legal research costs.  A November 14th post notes that more law firms are absorbing the costs of electronic legal research, particularly in connection with transactional matters.  Many of us devote class time to tips for free and low cost legal research, and should perhaps increase emphasis on these skills in light of the changing legal market.  

Hat tip: ABA Journal

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

A federal judge demonstrates the value of editing

Recently, in denying a lawyer's motion to exceed the court's the page limit, a federal judge offered a stinging lesson on how to edit. By eliminating "redundancy, verbosity, and legalism," the judge reduced one of the lawyer's passages from approximately 125 words to 47 words. He then suggested that the lawyer apply the same technique to comply with the page limit.

hat tip: Joe Kimble

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Monday, November 12, 2012

AALS Section survey

Top_logoThe leaders of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research have asked us to post a reminder that they are looking for the input of Section members via a quick survey. In just seven short questions, the survey asks for members' ideas and suggestions on programming, communications, and other Section activities. You can link to the survey here.  

hat tip: Jane Scott

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