Thursday, July 25, 2013

Paralegal Writing Skills

On this edition of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin explores paralegal writing skills with noted legal writing educator, Gary Kinder. They focus on the importance of writing skills and how paralegals can improve those skills.

Fine tuned writing skills are pivotal to a firm’s success. They affect first impressions through websites, newsletters, client leads, emails or network listings, client representation, legal write ups, and the list goes on.

Gary Kinder is a lawyer and New York Times bestselling author. He has taught over 1,000 writing programs to prestigious law firms nationwide. His career is dedicated to teaching legal professionals how to write precisely, vividly, concisely and memorably. He channeled years of experience studying superior legal writing and editing into the creation of WordRake, software designed to help law firms and organizations tighten their prose and become better writers. He also authors a weekly writing tips blog called

Vicki and Gary share:
  • The basics of the Plain Writing Act of 2010
  • How the Act affects paralegals.
  • Common writing pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • The common problem most people have with legal writing
  • Why it may not be a good idea to adopt the writing style of the lawyer(s) you work with
  • Technology tools that will help with writing skills
  • Why points in your writing must be expressed as succinctly as possible
  • The THREE items you must own if you want your writing skills to progress
  • And more!
In the Practice Tips section of the show, Vicki provides guidelines for gathering sufficient information from a potential client so the firm can decide whether or not to accept a case.
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