Tag Archives: Style matters

The Power of Typeface

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor How many animals of each species did Moses take on the Ark? If you answered “two,” you’re wrong, but you’re not alone. According to a study published in The Journal of the International … 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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He Said, She Said

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor One of my favorite cartoons depicts a young female student standing next to a tall male teacher. Both are staring at a chalkboard. The chalkboard reads: Stone Age Man, Bronze Age Man, and … 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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Fiction for Attorneys

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor As an attorney, two things are reasonably certain to occur in your lifetime: Sallie Mae will deduct an astronomically high student loan payment from your checking account and someone, somewhere will ask 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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Is Your Writing Verbose and Redundant?

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor If you were to assemble together people from the general public, most would agree that lawyers are not very concise. Further, they would likely agree that the verbosity found in most legal texts … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor The phrase “kill your darlings, kill your darlings” has been attributed to numerous writers, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Anton Chekhov. The phrase, however, likely originated with British writer and University of … Continue reading

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What’s That Author Trying to Say?

By Linda L. Kruschke, Director of Legal Publications OSB Legal Publications contain several types of author commentary, including practice tips, queries, and caveats. But did you ever wonder what the differences are? Or if there is any rhyme or reason … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Hypothetical

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor There is a scene in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind where John Nash’s wife Alicia, played by Jennifer Connelly, discovers that the door to an abandoned tool shed at the edge of … Continue reading

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