Law and Conversation

September 9, 2010

Thursday thanks!

Filed under: CLE,Law,legal writing — Helen Gunnarsson @ 12:01 am
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I recently came across Advocate’s Studio, the blog of Martha Sperry, a Boston lawyer who, like me, has a strong writing background and is also interested in music, technology, and a wide range of other subjects.  On her blog, Martha covers legal research and modern tech tools to assist the professional practice of law.  Unbeknownst to me, Martha praised my presentation for MentorCLE, “Persuasive Writing for Lawyers,” in a post last June.  Many thanks, Martha!

As I noted in a previous post, you can watch my presentation and any of MentorCLE’s other great offerings for free; if you’re a lawyer, you can pay a small fee and receive one hour of professionalism (ethics) credit for it in Illinois.  If you’re licensed in a different state, check out your state’s policies to see whether you can get CLE credit there.  As I mentioned last week,  I receive a small royalty every time someone views my course and pays for CLE credit.

A literary agent provides some adjectival suggestions for us writers to freshen up our prose at SlushPile Hell.  A LadyGagaLicious reference is guaranteed to make the judges of the Seventh Circuit (or any other court) sit up and take notice of your brief!   Hat tip:  Janet Reid via Twitter.

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September 2, 2010

Thursday thanks!

Filed under: CLE,Law,lawyer writers,legal writing,trials — Helen Gunnarsson @ 12:01 am
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I’d like to thank Illinois lawyer and superstar blawgger, Evan Schaeffer, for mentioning my recent article from the August 2010 Illinois Bar Journal, “Uncivil Action.”  I’ve interviewed Schaeffer on multiple occasions for articles on trial practice and legal technology.  He’s always responded to calls or e-mails promptly and provided spot-on commentary.  His inspiring, well written blogs have a wealth of information for lawyers on trial practice, writing, and technology, with occasional other fascinating tidbits thrown in.  And, in true superstar fashion, Evan sent me a very gracious e-mail when I started this blog, welcoming me to the blogosphere!

Evan was also kind enough to review my presentation for MentorCLE.com, “Persuasive Writing for Lawyers,” and gave it a thumbs up.  You can watch my presentation and any of MentorCLE’s other great offerings for free; if you’re a lawyer, you can pay a (rock bottom) $19.95 and receive one hour of professionalism (ethics) credit for it in Illinois.  If you’re licensed in a different state, check out your state’s policies to see whether you can get CLE credit there.  FULL DISCLOSURE:  I receive a small royalty every time someone views my course and pays for CLE credit.

Here’s a fun site for others who love good writing:  The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks.  Hat tip:  writer Sandra Boncek Hume.  On the other end of the punctuation spectrum, Jane Austen apparently didn’t DO punctuation in her mss., says Jack Malvern in The Australian.  Hat tip:  Jane Austen Today.

Have I missed you?  I have some more posts in the works thanking others, one by one, who have linked to this blog and referenced my work.  If you’ve linked to this site and/or included it on your own blogroll, or otherwise referenced my work, please let me know.

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