Sorry, snoots, but “hopefully” as a sentence adverb is okay in all but the most formal contexts. So says the OED.
One way to make your client happy is to make his or her job easier. One way to make the client’s job easier is to submit drafts less in need of editing. How do you do that? Mark Herrmann explains.
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If you write, you need to know the difference between hyphens, en-dashes, and em-dashes. If you do your writing on a computer keyboard, you should know how to type each of these punctuation marks. To gain that knowledge, read this post by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston (note the hyphen) at Business Writing.
... stuff like this happens. How many copy editors must die before this violence ends?
Whether you’re a novice legal writer needing sound advice or a veteran needing a refresher, these articles are worthwhile.
What’s the difference between a hyphen, an en-dash, and an em-dash? And when should each be used? Mary Norris, a.k.a. the Comma Queen, answers these questions.
A brief can help the judicial reader. Or it can be a big, stinking — well, Mark Herrman explains it better than I can.
Megan Boyd has a good post at Lady (Legal Writer) on the use of forms in legal writing. She does not ban them, but she does offer some wise cautionary advice on using them.
I am not a fan of writing from forms, at least in persuasive writing. See, for example, this old post. I can see their usefulness when the purpose is not persuasion. If you must use them, follow Megan’s advice. And take a look at these old post from 2007 and 2009.
Does your draft brief exceed the court’s page limit? Before asking the court for extra pages, try these tips by Mark Herrmann for getting the brief under the page limit.