Ambiguous Punctuation

Burn the Deadwood: Maxims in Black’s Law Dictionary

Notable Legal Phrases Making News in 2017

Can I Quote You on That? [Quotations about legal writing]

Words Try to Keep Up With Law of Gender Identity

Legal Phrases to Look For in 2017

Goodbye “Affluenza Defense,” Hello “Sextortion” [Most notable legal phrases of 2016]

A Look at the Supreme Court’s End-of-Term Writing, Truth be Told (2016)

Scratching the Veneer of “Veniremen”

“Reasonably Reasonable” and Other Head-Spinners

Scalia’s Legal Writing Legacy

Most Notable Legal Phrases of 2015

The Future of Legal Writing

Legal Redundancies

Playing the Synonym Game: Play Only if Game Conditions are Right

A Point About Bullet Points

Chutzpah as a Legal Word

Legal Writing in the U.S. Supreme Court’s End-of-Term Decisions (2015)

When Judges Cite Dr. Seuss

Legal Housekeeping

Disinterest in Using Words Correctly

Just Deserts: One “s” in the Middle

From “Sexsomnia” to “Stash-house Sting”: Best Legal Words of 2014

Run-on Sentences for Grownups: Misusing “However”

The Differences Between “Principle” and “Principal

The Ambiguity of “12:00 A.M.” and “12:00 P.M.”

Ambiguous Pronouns: Just Who Are “They”?

The Language of Lawyers, From “Jingle Mail” to “Benchslap”


Pursuant to Partners’ Directive, Lawyer Learns to Obfuscate

As Clear As the Rules of Baseball

Playing the Synonym Game

Just Say Know

Depopulating Sentences and Writing in the Non-Person

Choice Words


Over-the-Counter Product Gobbledygook

Reading Labels Can be Hazardous to Your Health

Chiding the SEC, the Champion of Plain English