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The Scrivener: Word Up!

USA - September 22 2019 I came home a week ago to find a happy surprise in the mail: a friend had sent a non-fiction book, titled The Surgeon of Crowthorne...

Call the FBI, CIA, and PD, ASAP!: Acronyms and Initialisms

USA - November 7 2018 Pity the poor judges presiding over District of Columbia courts, where all those government cases are filed with so many acronyms that the court's...

To "Sur" With Love

USA - September 30 2018 What is it about lawyers that makes them want to have the last word, always? To curb this habit in litigation writing, many courts have placed limits...

"For This Occasion Only": Drafting Pro Hac Vice Motions in South Carolina State Court

USA - May 11 2018 When I was a new associate, my senior partner gave me a case to serve as local counsel in a large insurance coverage case. One of my first...

The Scrivener: English Test for Lawyers: Fall Semester 2017

USA - January 22 2018 Sometimes when I drive by the law school these days, I see people walking around in shorts or jeans, smiling and laughing and having a good time. I...