Improving Your Writing

Improve your writing by using active voice, action verbs, present tense, singular nouns and other principles of clear writing . Get inspired by reading  an article about the importance of improving writing throughout your career. Then enhance your writing skills by using the articles, books, and websites listed below.  Articles Common Mistakes ,  Grammar Goofs ,  Misused Words ,  Muddled Writing , Learning to Write Well   Writing Tips   Websites Writing Resources   Archive of Writing Articles Language Tools   Drafting Resources     Newsletter   Handbook   Books Elements of Style   Guide to Legal Writing Grammar and Writing Judicial Perspectives on the Written Word Legal Writing Resources Strategies for Faster and Better Editing   Apps Grammarly Microsoft Edtor Other Writing Tools

Lessons from Mark Twain

Mark Twain learned about law from his father who was a Justice of the Peace. Twain's writings have several lessons for lawyers, including learning from mistakes, listening to your opponent, and pausing during presentations. Get inspired by reading Twain's  biography , his  tips for lawyers , and his  lessons for life . For deeper learning, read his  books and an anthology of his  humorous observations about life and lawyers . Get inspired by watching Hal Holbrook perform in Mark Twain Tonight.

Winning Trials

Win trials by anticipating issues, preparing to-do lists, creating demonstrative aids, and telling a compelling story. Use virtual preparation to improve witness performance. Keep conversations informal, make briefings short, and use playback as a teaching tool for witnesses. For more tips, read articles about best practices ,  ethical rules , expert witnesses , preparing visuals ,  trial tips , using iPads , virtual trials , and witness preparation . For comprehensive study, read books like Guide to Trials ,  Preparing Witnesses , Pre-Trial Strategies for Success , Storytelling for Lawyers ,   Trial Manuals , Trial Tips , and What it Takes to Win , and Winning Jury Trials .

Adopting Technology

Read the ABA’s 2020 Annual Survey of Law Firm Technology to learn about  technology trends for lawyers and firms . Trends covered in the survey  Billing ,  Budgeting , Cloud Computing , Cybersecurity ,  Getting Paid ,  Litigation ,  Management , Marketing , Training , and  Websites . Click here   for a page with links to articles with survey results. Also see articles about Artificial Intelligence ,  Digital Transformation , Tools , and  Trends . For in-depth study, listen to a podcast about Microsoft features that lawyers love  and read the ABA's  Legal Technology Guide  and Cybersecurity Handbook.  Also visit the  ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center .

Avoiding Ransomware

Hackers can  encrypt your files unless you protect them against ransomware attack s.  Protect your files and your clients by enabling   Controlled Folder Access   in Windows and using link protection in Outlook  a nd Gmail . Remember to continuously backing up files with an external hard drive or cloud service like Carbonite . Learn more by reading articles about   cybersecurity , hacking , and  ransomware . Also read the ABA's  Handbook on Cybersecurity  and  Survey of Best Practices . Also see  PC Magazine's Review of Cloud Backup Services  and visit security websites like   NoMoreRansom   and Krebs on Security .