Introduction to Essays on Technology in Courtrooms and Judicial Chambers Welcome to our second online volume of the Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. It has been more than fifty years since Marshall McLuhan first proposed that “The medium is the message,”1 and scholars have been teasing out the multiple ways in…Details
Redefining the Workplace: Technology and the Modern Judicial Chambers The Honorable Robert N. Davis United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Introduction New and evolving technology has had and will continue to have a revolutionary impact on how the judiciary conducts business. Significantly, these technologies are drastically changing both the way we work…Details
Reading, Writing, and Listening in the Bankruptcy Courts The Honorable James E. Massey (Ret.) United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia Bankruptcy cases give rise to a broad spectrum of disputes that vary in legal and factual complexity. The uneven expertise of attorneys, the rise in the number of debtors without counsel and the…Details
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Lawyers at Work: A Study of the Reading, Writing, and Communication Practices of Legal Professionals
I. Introduction II. Background A. Examining Legal Pedagogy B. Origins of Our Study III. Methodology A. Ethnographic Research B. Junior Associates as Informants IV. Results A. What They Were Reading and How B. What They Were Writing and How C. The Interpersonal Situations They Faced V. Implications A. Reading Skills B. Writing Skills C. Workplace…Details
I. Classical Models for Ethos A. The Emergence of Ethos B. Isocrates and the Development of Good Character C. Aristotle and the Representation of Good Character II. Ethos and Models of the Self—Classical and Modern III. Modern Ethos, the Discoursal Self, and Contemporary Legal Writing IV. Ethos in Contemporary Advice on Legal Rhetoric…Details
Designing Success: Motivating and Measuring Successful 1L Student Engagement in an Optional, Proficiency-Based Program Teaching Grammar and Punctuation.
I. Introduction: The Obligation To Teach Grammar And Punctuation Successfully To All Students II. Obstacles To Teaching Fundamental Skills Such As Grammar And Punctuation III. Values, Instructional Sequence, And Assessment In The Msu Writing Seminar Program A. Defining Values B. Instructional Sequence C. Creation and Content of the Assessments IV. STUDY METHODS A. Sample Size…Details
Editor’s Note As Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”1 The minds of the Editorial Board members have been stretched by so many wonderful and fresh ideas over the past six months, and we know that we will never be the same. Our hope…Details
Editor’s Note I am delighted to welcome you to the nineteenth volume of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, the nation’s premier journal about legal writing and communication and the official journal of the Legal Writing Institute. I would like to begin with the following quote: To be a lawyer you have…Details
Legal research is one of the analytical processes at the heart of what lawyers do. Few doubt that recent technological developments, including the availability of electronic sources, have brought changes to that process. Recently the conversation among those who research the law and those who teach research to law students most often…Details