Legal Writing

251 ABA Journal Legal Writing articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Some of Justice Scalia’s papers are now public; House lifts ERA deadline

Some of Justice Scalia’s papers are now publicly available

The legal and academic papers of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia are now available for public viewing, at…

Legal writers can learn a lot from these unparalleled unpublished opinions
The court of public opinion: Why litigation PR is a critical component of a case

A lawyer’s duties do not begin and end at the courtroom door. They extend beyond to the proverbial court of public opinion. As a lawyer and PR consultant, James F. Haggerty has shared how to properly handle the media aspects of litigation in his new book.

Reinventing the staid field of legal academic writing
Legal academic publishing isn't synonymous with innovation. The mere mention of it can, for some, bring up repressed memories of the most banal and stuffy aspects of law school. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to change that.
Lawyers have a bevy of advanced and AI-enhanced legal research tools at their fingertips

For many lawyers, legal research is an inescapable—and sometimes tedious part—of practicing law. Fortunately, legal research has changed significantly over the years and is now more intuitive and affordable than ever before.

Afternoon Briefs: Legal words flummox child murder defendant; judge nixes ‘The Godfather Part II’ clip

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‘Parks and Recreation’ reminds us how important court reporters are to the legal system

Court stenographers, or “court reporters” as they are commonly referred to, are often left overshadowed and underappreciated. But proper and reliable conclusions to controversies would not be possible without their invaluable work, says lawyer Adam Banner.

African American farmer’s legal battle to save his family farm is focus of ‘Catfish Dream’
Ed Scott was the first-ever nonwhite owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation. The former sharecropper-turned-landowner was part of a class action lawsuit that resulted in one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history. With the settlement of Pigford v. Glickman in 1999, almost $1 billion has been issued to more than 13,000 African American farmers to date.
Legal tech CEO shares his tips for success and how to live a ‘Fast Forward Mindset’
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with David Schnurman, the founder and CEO of Lawline, a leading provider of continuing legal education, and the author of The Fast Forward Mindset: How to Be Fearless & Focused to Accelerate Your Success, published in 2019 by Highpoint Executive Publishing.
Justice Gorsuch’s new book says US faces ‘civility crisis’
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch says in his new book that the United States is facing a “civility crisis.”
Jones Day and local counsel flub redactions in court filing, leading to show-cause order
A federal court document filed by Jones Day and local counsel Gentry Locke appeared to contain many redactions to protect grand jury information in a criminal case against their pharmaceutical client.
Justice Sotomayor plants seeds of change in new children’s book
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor got the idea for her new children’s book, Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You more than 30 years ago.
The gentle art of impeaching adversaries

The best way to damage an adversary’s positions when responding is to quote that person’s own words back to the judge or jury and then to demonstrate how inaccurate they were.

What terms and phrases do lawyers overuse?

In lawyer Marcel Strigberger’s latest Your Voice column, he talks about how lawyer language and communication can sometimes be confusing.

“It’s no secret that lawyers are generally perceived as…

7 reasons why the legal profession often gets no sympathy

The legal profession is a noble one. But is that the impression that the public has of attorneys? Lawyer Marcel Strigberger shares his thoughts on why the profession is generally viewed unsympathetically.

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