Publications

Articles From Maureen B. Collins

Writing That Stirred Your Souls

By Maureen B. Collins
July
2001
Column
Page 377
We asked you, Gentle Readers, to send us writing that moved you. Here are excerpts from your responses.

The Message, the Method, the Madness

By Maureen B. Collins
June
2001
Column
Page 321
For 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.

Point/Counterpoint: Crafting a Counter-Argument

By Maureen B. Collins
May
2001
Column
Page 267
Learn to counter your opponent's arguments without giving them too much weight.

Writing as Art

By Maureen B. Collins
April
2001
Column
Page 207
Some writing has special power; the power to move people. And isn't that what lawyers aspire to do?

Don’t Just Say It; Present It

By Maureen B. Collins
February
2001
Column
Page 99
Use technology to project; literally; an image that will impress your audience.

The Lost Art of Drawing a Conclusion

By Maureen B. Collins
January
2001
Column
Page 45
Somewhere between "the one hand" and "the other" may be the answer your client hired you to provide.

Legal Writing Can be a Scream

By Maureen B. Collins
December
2000
Column
Page 725
A 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 Edition

By Maureen B. Collins
November
2000
Column
Page 663
Just 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 Action

By Maureen B. Collins
October
2000
Column
Page 601
It may not be in your client's best interest to approach your relationship with opposing counsel as if it were war.

E-mail and Attorney-Client Communications

By Maureen B. Collins
September
2000
Column
Page 541
The dangers of e-mail communication and how to reduce them.

An Editing Checklist

By Maureen B. Collins
July
2000
Column
Page 415
Learning to be your own editor is an important but challenging job. This checklist can help you revise your own work.

A Legal Writer’s Bookshelf

By Maureen B. Collins
June
2000
Column
Page 359
Been a while since you sharpened your writer's saw? These books can help.

Lawyer as Storyteller

By Maureen B. Collins
May
2000
Column
Page 289
To be truly persuasive, don't just write a brief; tell a story.

Recommendations for Rookie Writers

By Maureen B. Collins
April
2000
Column
Page 237
Okay, 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 Style

By Maureen B. Collins
March
2000
Column
Page 173
In the last two columns we looked at the drafting process and component parts of transaction documents.

Drafting Transaction Documents: The Pieces of the Puzzle

By Maureen B. Collins
February
2000
Column
Page 110
Assemble the standard provisions and create the picture of a well-done deal.

Creating a Document to Meet Your Client’s Needs

By Maureen B. Collins
January
2000
Column
Page 47
Drafting a seaworthy document requires more than pasting form provisions into place; you have to learn the facts and the law.

Hiring Good Writers

By Maureen B. Collins
September
1999
Column
Page 499
Here's how to screen prospective hires for good legal writing skills.

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?

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.

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.

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