Publications

Articles From Maureen B. Collins

Mentoring Writers

By Maureen B. Collins
September
2004
Column
Page 491
It takes time to train fledgling lawyers to write well. But the time you invest now will pay dividends later.

Order in the Court (and in Your Sentences)

By Maureen B. Collins
August
2004
Column
Page 435
Don't let convoluted word order tangle your sentences.

Of Pandas and Punctuation

By Maureen B. Collins
July
2004
Column
Page 371
These books and Web sites make mastering grammar…well, if not fun, at least less painful.

Communicating Change

By Maureen B. Collins
June
2004
Column
Page 321
Heads out of the sand, you ostriches; confront change directly and talk about it honestly.

Untangle Your Web Site

By Maureen B. Collins and Hillary Altekruse Mann
April
2004
Column
Page 222
Yes, you really do need a Web site, and these FAQs will help you make the most of it.

Brief-Building: The Finishing Touches

By Maureen B. Collins
March
2004
Column
Page 153
You've built a well-reasoned, well-argued edifice; don't sabotage your effort by neglecting the final flourishes.

Building a Solid Foundation

By Maureen B. Collins
February
2004
Column
Page 105
Last month's column looked at the "prep work" necessary for a brief. This month, we focus on the framework.

Constructing an Argument

By Maureen B. Collins
January
2004
Column
Page 47
Like a house, a brief needs a solid framework, intricate inner workings, and an attractive appearance.

Communicating Your Authority

By Maureen B. Collins
December
2003
Column
Page 637
Sorry, but proper citation format really does matter. Here's why.

Being Right Versus Saying it Right

By Maureen B. Collins
November
2003
Column
Page 577
As this cautionary tale illustrates, sometimes what you say to a client is less important than how you say it.

To Speak or Not to Speak?

By Maureen B. Collins
October
2003
Column
Page 525
Sometimes 'tis nobler in the mind to keep thy mouth shut...

What I Learned from Television

By Maureen B. Collins
September
2003
Column
Page 471
The observant couch-potato can actually learn a lesson or two from the tube about effective communication.

E-Mail Gone Awry

By Maureen B. Collins and Brian O’Donoghue
August
2003
Column
Page 413
What can you do when client information ends up in the wrong hands because of a misdirected e-mail? Here are a few tips that just might help lessen the damage.

Back to the Basics of Grammar and Style

By Maureen B. Collins
February
2003
Column
Page 91
Sexy they're not, but grammatical rules and conventions are too important to ignore.

A Writer’s Resolutions for the New Year

By Maureen B. Collins
January
2003
Column
Page 39
Put your nose on a diet? Tone up your grammar skills? Here's a legal writer's list of New Year's resolutions.

Losing Arguments

By Maureen B. Collins
December
2002
Column
Page 669
Avoid these rotten eggs masquerading as arguments and put more Xs in your "win" column.

Arguments That Work: Rhetorical Strategies for Argumentation

By Maureen B. Collins
November
2002
Column
Page 611
After evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your facts and evidence, use one of the rhetorical strategies described here to argue your case.

Communicating with Colleagues

By Maureen B. Collins
October
2002
Column
Page 555
Attorney-client relationships aren't the only important ones in your professional life. Learn how to talk to your partners, associates and other lawyer-coworkers.

Picky, Picky, Picky: Formatting an Appellate Brief

By Maureen B. Collins
September
2002
Column
Page 491
Don't try to understand the often picayune rules that govern typefaces, paper color and the like; just learn and follow them.

Defending the Deposition

By Maureen B. Collins
July
2002
Column
Page 379
Your job is to protect deponents from the undue influence of an overzealous opposing counsel; and from their own confusion and intimidation.

Taking the Deposition (and Getting it Right)

By Maureen B. Collins
June
2002
Column
Page 323
Remember that the responses you elicit in a deposition are likely to be only as good as the questions you ask.

Preparing to Take a Deposition

By Maureen B. Collins
May
2002
Column
Page 269
The first of three articles addressing the skills you need to take and defend a deposition.

Incorporating the Standard of Review into Your Appellate Argument

By Maureen B. Collins
April
2002
Column
Page 209
Here's how to remind the appellate court of its responsibility, and its power, to overturn or uphold the lower court's decision.

Write for Success in Discovery

By Maureen B. Collins
March
2002
Column
Page 149
Don't underestimate the importance of interrogatories and other forms of written discovery as a way to glean information that can strengthen your case.

To Write or Not to Write: Written and Oral Discovery Compared

By Maureen B. Collins
February
2002
Column
Page 97
Interrogatories and depositions each have their strengths and weaknesses; here are basic guidelines for deciding when to use which discovery technique.

Protecting Your Communications

By Maureen B. Collins
January
2002
Column
Page 47
Don't let your brainchildren be like the proverbial cobbler's shoeless kids; lawyer, protect your IP rights.

Communicating Condolences

By Maureen B. Collins
November
2001
Column
Page 601
Aching to "do something"? Every small act of courtesy and civility helps in the wake of September 11.

A Place for Policy

By Maureen B. Collins
October
2001
Column
Page 543
If you can persuade the judge that ruling in your client's favor means doing good, you'll probably do well.

Writing Like a Lawyer Means Thinking Like a Lawyer

By Maureen B. Collins
September
2001
Column
Page 493
A new book makes legal analysis as simple as one-two-three.

A Punctuation Primer

By Maureen B. Collins
August
2001
Column
Page 433
It isn't too late to learn the all-but-lost art of proper punctuation.

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