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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Respect and Regard
Neil Guthrie

Feeling respect and regard for your readers is important, but this edition is more specifically about words and phrases derived from respect and regard. …

Technology

Summer Tip Roundup: Current Awareness
Alan Kilpatrick

Over the summer, we will be highlighting Legal Sourcery’s most popular research tips. On that note, here are Legal Sourcery’s most popular current awareness tips …

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

Flexibility Isn’t Just for the Yoga Mat – Try It on Your Schedule
Allison Wolf

This tip was inspired by a young mother I know, a senior associate at a big firm, who shared with me her recipe for handling the challenging tension between mom-time and lawyer time: the early escape. Here’s how it works: One night a week she stays late at the office, until between eight and . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Miscellaneous Little Things That Annoy Me, Part 2
Neil Guthrie

I keep a running list of these, jotting them down as I see or hear them. (You’re on notice.) The both of you/us .. Adele may sing in ‘Hello’ about ‘thuh B-O-O-O-O-TH of UH-UH-ss’, but don’t you be doing it. It is both of you and both of us, with no definite article – not even . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Finding Unconsolidated Legislation
Susannah Tredwell

One challenge with legislative research is when you need to find an older act that, although still in force, has not been included in the last statute revision. The most obvious examples of this are private acts, but there are other pieces of legislation that fall into this category. If you are looking for an older federal act and cannot find it

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

Avoid the (Difficult) End of Day Meeting
Ian Hu

A client insisted on meeting me in the midst of a busy day. Fully booked, I reluctantly agreed to meet the client at the end of the day. We began happily enough with the usual pleasantries. But once we sat down, a monster arose from the deep. One problem after another fell on my lap, and I began to parry.

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

-ee, -or
Neil Guthrie

Not the donkey from Winnie the Pooh, but a pair of word endings. First, –ee. As in trustee, lessee, mortgagee, bailee, drawee, payee, attendee, mentee and the like. This ending is common in law, often indicating the indirect object of some action. …

Technology

Searching Google Efficiently and Effectively
Alan Kilpatrick

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

What Are Marginal Notes?
Susannah Tredwell

Marginal notes (also known as head notes) are “the short notations appearing above or beside each section […] of an Act or Regulation” (Sullivan on the Construction of Statutes, 6th ed., §14.59). These notes are intended to help readers identify pertinent provisions in the legislation. The name comes from the fact that they originally appeared in the margins of . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Technology

LinkedIn Dos and Don’ts for New Lawyers
Dan Pinnington

With over 467 million users in more than 200 countries (including at least a 1 million in the law practice industry) and web traffic that ranks it as the 24th most visited site on the planet, LinkedIn is the social networking tool of choice for professionals. Regardless of whether they trying to find new lawyer, or looking for you specifically, . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

Lawyers, Don’t Miss This Step in Your Marketing Plan
Sandra Bekhor

How is marketing a law firm different from marketing a packaged goods business? Instead of creating desire for a product, you are creating connection with people. So, it stands to reason that the basic structure of a marketing plan that say sells detergent doesn’t quite cut it for lawyers. Aside from the obvious difference in the implementation of . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

All Well and Good
Neil Guthrie

If I had a dollar for every time he’s heard Good, thanks – and you? in response to How are you?, I’d be writing this from a villa in Tuscany. (Or not writing it all, just sipping Negronis on a deck-chair by the pool.) The grammatically correct response to how are you? is well, not good. Good traditionally

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Where Do I Find a Point in Time Version of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations?
Marnie Bailey

Unlike the vast majority of Canadian regulations, you can’t find a consolidated version of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations on the federal Justice Laws website; instead the Justice Laws website refers you to …

Practice

Own Your Own Practice? Stay on Top of Your Expenses and Payments With . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

The Depressed Client (Part 6 of 9)
Ian Hu

In this sixth post of a series inspired by Justice Carole Curtis’s Dealing with the Difficult Client, we discuss the depressed client. The depressed client can come in various degrees, from being sad all the time to suicidal ideation. If the client’s life is in danger, remember that you are not the client’s therapist. Refer the client to help,

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