Category Archives: Legal Writing

Summary of Mandatory e-Filing in California Superior Courts

The California counties which, as of December 2015, mandate some type of e-Filing include: Contra Costa. E-Filing is now mandatory on most Complex Litigation cases. Orange. As of January 1, 2013, Orange County Superior Court mandates e-Filing for all documents … Continue reading

Is this the most “Californian” of the California Rules of Court?

┬áCalifornia Rule of Court 1.22 mandates the use of recycled paper for court-filed documents! I think I hear Texas laughing. Raise your hand if you knew you were supposed to be purchasing recycled paper in bulk for your law office. … Continue reading

Tips from Scalia and Garner’s Making Your Case

One of my favorite books offering advice on lawyering is Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. Here are a few of the more surprising and noteworthy nuggets: On Legal Writing Don’t … Continue reading

In California state courts, should you underline or italicize case names?

  If you practice law in California, you will surely have seen briefs containing citations where the case name is underlined and those where the case name is italicized. Which style is correct? Although California is known for its laid … Continue reading

One Space or Two?

Every major style guide prescribes a single space after a period. If modern typographers get into bar fights, it’s not because they’re debating the one-space rule. They all pretty much agree on it. I have also seen a fair number … Continue reading

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