Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legal Writing

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.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
February
2000
Column
Page 62
Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.

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.

Uncomplicating the Citation Process

By Andrea Kaufman
December
1999
Column
Page 675
Move over Bluebook; a soon-to-be-released citation manual provides much clearer answers with many fewer words.

How to Read a Writing Sample

By Maureen Beth Beazley
November
1999
Column
Page 615
You 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 Need

By Mary Beth Beazley
October
1999
Column
Page 557
Last month's column urged employers to assess the writing skills of prospective hires; this month, learn how to get the writing sample you need.

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.

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