Ryan McCarl's book Elegant Legal Writing will be published by the University of California Press in 2023
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Slides from last week's CLE to the Texas Office of the Attorney General
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Ryan McCarl discusses legal writing on the California Appellate Law Podcast.
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Lawyers shouldn't start new writing projects with a blank page.
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How lawyers can use Microsoft Word to mark citations and create a Table of Authorities in briefs and motions.
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Writing comes easiest when you are fully absorbed in the work.
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A central goal of this newsletter is to help you diagnose problems with turgid writing. You should develop a checklist of common problems to watch for…
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Lawyers should write with their audience in mind.
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Legal stylists disagree on how often lawyers should use footnotes and what they should use them for.
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When citing precedents, you often need to provide some factual context to assure the reader that they apply.
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Referring to judges correctly and deferentially is a nonnegotiable requirement of strong legal writing.
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Your prose should be understated and focused on effective persuasion.
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