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Supreme Court Nominations

Gorsuch could be more conservative than Justice Clarence Thomas, study concludes

Supreme Court Nominations

Gorsuch writes reader-grabbing opinions with fact summaries that are ‘a form of wry nonfiction’

President's Message

One Word: Civility

Advocacy

Legendary litigators share their advice on crafting your best opening statement

Bryan Garner on Words

How life lessons from a legendary golf instructor can improve lawyers’ litigation scores

Appellate Practice

Posner criticizes ‘verbosity’ in appeals briefs in decision upholding closed voir dire

Legal Writing

Obama publishes a Harvard Law Review article on criminal justice reform

Letters to the Editor

Letters: The Rules on Rules

Storytelling

Use subtext to guide jurors to recognize what a trial is really all about

Bryan Garner on Words

Bryan Garner mourns the lost art of reviewing books

Opening Statements

New books explore polarization of politics and judiciary

Bryan Garner on Words

Parenthetical Habits: On the use and overuse of parentheses and brackets

Bryan Garner on Words

Celebrating the powerful eloquence of Justice Robert Jackson

Business of Law

Litigator’s book documents the service of Kansas’ Frontier Guard to President Lincoln

Legal Writing

Is verbosity rewarded in law school?

Legal Writing

Federal judge issues footnote warning, threatens to toss pleadings using wrong format

Storytelling

Don’t underestimate the value of comedy in the courtroom

Bryan Garner on Words

How using checklists can improve your writing

ABA Journal

ABA Journal wins multiple awards in national journalism contest

Bryan Garner on Words

The sadistic editor and the lawyer who survived his wrath
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Two prisoners watch lawyer walk out of prison.

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