The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
The idea for this post came from Twitter, where the exchange of ideas, information – and quips – occur as fast as lightening. As I’ve said before, I’m an impatient sort (which this post will do nothing to disprove), so any medium where you have to exchange ideas in 140 characters or less suits me down to the ground.
This particular Twitter exchange started with me tweeting, “Leave the ‘dripping sarcasm’ out of your legal briefs”, based on Legal Blog Watch’s recent post, “Now Comes the Judge: Sidley Partner Hit for Sarcasm and Missing Mantra.”
That’s when our brief private or “DM” (direct message) conversation continued (Melissa gave me permission to share it):
Me: “My boss is the nice one on our team – he has to ‘nice up’ my correspondence and motions :P”
Melissa: “I’m the nice one here. He always asks me to read the slightly sarcastic briefs and motions before submitting them. Thank goodness.”
Me (this took two tweets): “I’m always writing ‘You are a dumbass for denying plaintiff’s emergency surgery and it’s your fault he’s almost dead’”…
Me: “…which my boss changes to ‘Your ill-advised refusal to authorize surgery for my client caused him great physical hardship’…:P”
The Legal Blog Watch post illustrates why it’s so important to write as a team and to have someone else proofread and critique your work, especially if you’re a wee tad hot-headed in the pursuit of justice. Dripping sarcasm may be cathartic but it isn’t particularly helpful to resolve most legal disputes.
Who’s the nice one on your legal team?