Tag Archives: Legal writing resources

Grammar Can Be Funny, But Not All Grammarians Are

By Linda Kruschke, Director of Legal Publications This book review was originally written for the ACLEA (Association for Continuing Legal Education) newsletter called In the Loop. We are sharing it here today in celebration of National Grammar Day. _________________ If … Continue reading

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Editorial Sloth, Lists, Etc.

By Yasha Renner, Attorney Editor It was a Friday, almost lunch time, and I was nearing the end of a chapter I was editing for the 2016 revision of Damages. I couldn’t figure out why the chapter’s author decided to … Continue reading

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OSB Looking for an Attorney Editor

Are you passionate about the Oxford comma? Are you a stickler for correct citation format? Can you clearly distinguish the holding of a case from mere dicta? Do you wince when you see that sign in the grocery store that … Continue reading

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Grammatical Mistake Leads to Animal Neglect

By Dean Land, Legal Publications Attorney Editor By my own unscientific methods, I’ve determined that “comprise” is the most misused verb in the English language. That kind of pervasive grammatical error has serious ramifications for an editor like me. When … Continue reading

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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? Probably not.

by Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor The writer David Foster Wallace was so fond of words that he used to lie awake for hours reading the dictionary and circling the ones he liked best: Maugre, Tarantism, Ruck, Sciolism, Primipara. … Continue reading

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The Remaking of the Oregon Real Estate Deskbook

The editorial board for the upcoming Oregon Real Estate Deskbook has reorganized the five current real estate series books, combining chapters that covered the same topics and planning the addition of new chapters to touch on topics not addressed before.  … Continue reading

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Taking a Look at the Dreaded Bluebook

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor I have a confession to make: I like The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. I actually think it’s well organized for the amount of information it contains, and I think there are … Continue reading

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30 Years of Legal Editing

By Cheryl McCord, Legal Publications Attorney Editor I am a legal editor. For over 30 years, I have edited legal resources used and relied upon by Oregon lawyers. Over the years, I have seen a lot of mind-boggling changes in … Continue reading

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And/Or

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor Lodged somewhere between income disparity and climate change on the list of greatest threats facing the nation is the use of and/or. I am kidding of course. But on any given afternoon you … Continue reading

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Searching for Clues in The Bluebook

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor I recently stumbled across Derrick Muller’s blog post, “Was Barack Obama’s Greatest Contribution to Legal Scholarship the Bluebook?” The post posits the following three facts: (1) Harvard Law Review members generally lead the … Continue reading

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