Category Archives: Legal Writing Tips

Legal Writing Tip: Strive for Clean, Uncluttered Sentences

Savannah Blackwell A well-structured sentence wastes no words. Craft a tidy sentence by placing the actor first, the action second, and the object of the action third. Consider the sentence, “It…

Legal Writing Tip: Keep Deleting the Unnecessary

By Savannah Blackwell, BASF Bulletin Contributor Eliminating verbiage is so essential to writing effectively, the task warrants further attention. Legal writing guru Bryan Garner is fond of quoting the late…

10 Rules for Great Marketing Writing

Thank you to Knox Design Strategy and Repechage Group for permission to repost the 10 Rules for Great Marketing Writing. Click on the image below to download a pdf version….

Legal Writing Tip: Omit Surplus Words

Savannah Blackwell Good writing is lean writing. Unnecessary words impede clarity and impact. Lawyers trade in words. So you’d think we would know to use them carefully and sparingly. Instead,…

Legal Writing Tip: Strike the Right Tone

Savannah Blackwell, BASF Bulletin Contributor In legal writing, as in any form of communication, tone is crucial. What you say is no more important than how you say it. When…

Five Tips for Creating a Marketable Legal Professional Resume

Sarah Pisani, Nelson Companies Most people can agree that it is a difficult task creating a marketable resume. How does one decide what to include, or determine what to take…

Legal Writing Tip: In Praise of The Elements of Style

Savannah Blackwell, BASF Bulletin Contributor Fifty-eight years ago, the Macmillan Publishing Company commissioned famed essayist and children’s book author E.B. White to revise The Elements of Style, the “little book”…

Legal Writing Tip: Write Like a Reporter

Savannah Blackwell, BASF Bulletin Contributor Editor’s note: We are excited to welcome attorney/researcher/writer Savannah Blackwell as she takes over the Legal Writing Tips Column.   Write for the court like…

Legal Writing Tip: Avoid Losing Credibility When Writing Your Brief

In law school, we’re taught to zealously advocate for clients. But in brief writing, attorneys shouldn’t resort to hyperbole, sarcasm and exaggeration to achieve that goal. When seeking to persuade,…

Legal Writing Tip: Communicating Effectively

Grammar debates can be epic to those who care. Can interface be used as a verb? Are double negatives really prohibited? Can “that” and “which” or “further” and “farther” be…