Monday, May 23, 2005

Prefer active voice to passive

I've posted two previous essays on passive voice. Perhaps I should say: Two previous essays on passive voice have been posted by me. See the May 20th post and the April 21st post in the archives.

I'll be traveling to Houston today to give a seminar on legal writing at Fulbright & Jaworski. I'll be speaking for four hours to summer associates, associates, and senior attorneys.

I have submitted my article, The Art of Consumer Drafting, to 38 law reviews through an online submission program. Only 2 have rejected it so far! This is the article I wrote to accompany my presentation at the American University Washington College of Law's Legal Rhetoric Symposium in April.

And, in case you care, here is my official listing of faculty activities from January to May 2005:
  • January 17: Gave a seminar on legal writing in San Antonio to attorneys from the City of San Antonio Legal Department and the law firm of Cox Smith Matthews.
  • April 8: Attended and presented a paper for the 3rd Annual Legal Rhetoric Symposium at American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. The symposium’s theme was "The Art of Legal Writing," and Schiess’s paper was titled "The Art of Consumer Drafting."
  • May 24: Gave a seminar on legal writing to lawyers and summer associates at the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston.
  • Continued work on the Texas Pattern Jury Charges Task Force.
  • Supervised students preparing the 10th edition of the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage and Style.

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