Write for Success in DiscoveryBy Maureen B. CollinsMarch 2002Column, Page 149Don't underestimate the importance of interrogatories and other forms of written discovery as a way to glean information that can strengthen your case.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathAugust 2001Column, Page 394Name-calling brief writers get a pass; Gramm-Leach-Bliley may require lawyers to send privacy notices; and more.
A Punctuation PrimerBy Maureen B. CollinsAugust 2001Column, Page 433It isn't too late to learn the all-but-lost art of proper punctuation.
Writing That Stirred Your SoulsBy Maureen B. CollinsJuly 2001Column, Page 377We asked you, Gentle Readers, to send us writing that moved you. Here are excerpts from your responses.
The Message, the Method, the MadnessBy Maureen B. CollinsJune 2001Column, Page 321For some communication, e-mail is just the thing; other times, only a phone call will do. As you think about what message to send, consider how best to send it.
The Lost Art of Drawing a ConclusionBy Maureen B. CollinsJanuary 2001Column, Page 45Somewhere between "the one hand" and "the other" may be the answer your client hired you to provide.
Legal Writing Can be a ScreamBy Maureen B. CollinsDecember 2000Column, Page 725A gallery of horrors awaits legal writers who aren't attentive to; or who play fast and loose with; the details.
Bluebook Blues: Changes in the Seventeenth EditionBy Maureen B. CollinsNovember 2000Column, Page 663Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the new edition of the Bluebook is waiting to taunt you with its incomprehensible minutiae.
A Civil ActionBy Maureen B. CollinsOctober 2000Column, Page 601It may not be in your client's best interest to approach your relationship with opposing counsel as if it were war.
An Editing ChecklistBy Maureen B. CollinsJuly 2000Column, Page 415Learning to be your own editor is an important but challenging job. This checklist can help you revise your own work.
A Legal Writer's BookshelfBy Maureen B. CollinsJune 2000Column, Page 359Been a while since you sharpened your writer's saw? These books can help.
Lawyer as StorytellerBy Maureen B. CollinsMay 2000Column, Page 289To be truly persuasive, don't just write a brief; tell a story.
Electronic Briefs: The Time Has ComeBy Todd H. FlamingApril 2000Column, Page 233Here's how to create an electronic brief that includes exhibits, signed documents; everything you'd include in a paper version. For an example, see /ibj/apr00lj/ebrief.pdf.
Recommendations for Rookie WritersBy Maureen B. CollinsApril 2000Column, Page 237Okay, you've got a real job now; how do you transfer your writing skills from the classroom to the real world of lawyering? Here are some tips.
Drafting with StyleBy Maureen B. CollinsMarch 2000Column, Page 173In the last two columns we looked at the drafting process and component parts of transaction documents.
Uncomplicating the Citation ProcessBy Andrea KaufmanDecember 1999Column, Page 675Move over Bluebook; a soon-to-be-released citation manual provides much clearer answers with many fewer words.
How to Read a Writing SampleBy Maureen Beth BeazleyNovember 1999Column, Page 615You don't have to read every word of a writing sample to assess its quality. Here's what to look for.
Getting the Legal Writing Sample You NeedBy Mary Beth BeazleyOctober 1999Column, Page 557Last month's column urged employers to assess the writing skills of prospective hires; this month, learn how to get the writing sample you need.