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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Legal Writing

Hiring Good Writers By Maureen B. Collins September 1999 Column, Page 499 Here's how to screen prospective hires for good legal writing skills.
The Law in Film: Images of the Literary Lawyer By Mark Sanders August 1999 Column, Page 441 If you don't have time to read as much as you'd like, consider viewing a movie based on a good book about the law.
Training Associates: The Write Stuff By Lisa J. Freedman July 1999 Column, Page 385 Taking time to help associates to write better will pay in the long run.
Politically Correct Speech: Readers Respond By Maureen B. Collins June 1999 Column, Page 335 Professor Collins touched a nerve with last month's column. Here are some of your responses and her reactions to them.
Writing with Your Audience in Mind By Maureen B. Collins May 1999 Column, Page 285 Give your audience what it wants; first, though, figure out who your audience is.
Politically Correct Speech: A Call for Common Sense By Maureen B. Collins April 1999 Column, Page 223 When does a word mean what it means rather than what people hear it to mean?
Finding and Citing Law in the Information Age By Timothy L. Bertschy March 1999 Column, Page 124 One of the fundamental tasks of a lawyer is to find the law and communicate that authority to others.
Saying What You Mean: the Sequel By Maureen B. Collins March 1999 Column, Page 171 Attorneys are not above the laws of good marketing; ignore them at your peril.
Law and Literature: Resources for Illinois Attorneys and Law Students By Mark Sanders February 1999 Column, Page 109 Great literature, like great lawyering, responds to and reflects the human condition.
Explaining Yourself By Benjamin Goldgar January 1999 Column, Page 54 You don't need to write "persuasively''; simply explain and the persuasion will take care of itself.
Saying What You Mean: A Mini-Usage Guide By Maureen B. Collins December 1998 Column, Page 699 The difference between the right word and the wrong word is the difference between ... regardless and irregardless.