How to Write the Perfect Memorandum -  Part 8 - Memo Language Editing Exercise

The memorandum opening below was written by a partner at a big firm. It is filled with examples of two of the three categories of "memo language" we discussed last week. The two paragraphs total 155 words. Start by removing the "obvious" statements and the sentences used to "explain the organization." Then see if you can reduce what remains to about 30 words.

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How to Write the Perfect Memo - Part 7 - Streamlining the Memo

Last week, in Part 6 of the WordRake series How to Write the Perfect Memorandum, we explained how to keep clients happy by opening a substantive email with your conclusion and suggested action. In the short installment this week, we show how and why to remove the thick wads of "memo language" that prevent your reader from understanding the situation or knowing what to do about it. 

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How to Write the Perfect Memo - Part 6 - Introducing the Client Email

Last week, in Part 5 of the WordRake series How to Write the Perfect Memorandum, we looked at the Issue Memorandum, which considers the facts and the law in assessing a client's case. This week, we discuss how to introduce a substantive email to a client. 

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How to Write the Perfect Memorandum - Part 5 - The Issue

In Part 4 of the WordRake series How to Write the Perfect Memorandum, we looked at the Advisory Memorandum, the backbone of a transactional practice. This week, we parse the most complex of memoranda—the Issue Memorandum, which assesses the strength of a client's case.

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How to Write the Perfect Memorandum - Part 4 - The Advisory

We've now discussed the writing assignment, compared the three primary memoranda, and explained the simplest of the three: the Survey. Today, we look at the memorandum you're more likely write in a transactional practice, the Advisory Memorandum.

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How to Write the Perfect Memorandum - Part 3 - The Survey

We've now discussed how to accept a writing assignment from an assigning lawyer; and we've compared the three primary memoranda an assigning lawyer will ask you to write: the Survey, the Advisory Memorandum, and the Issue Memorandum. Today, we examine the shortest and simplest of the three, the Survey.

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How to Write the Perfect Memorandum - Part 2 - Understanding the Primary Memoranda

Last week, we covered how to accept a writing assignment. Now we look at the three categories of memoranda written to partners.

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How to Write the Perfect Memorandum - Part 1 - Six Questions Every Associate Should Ask

How to Write the Perfect Memorandum

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Five Ways to Take a Break in National Harbor

Fellow introverts: If you’re worn out by the end – or even middle – of a conference day and need a break from people, I found five things to do near the Gaylord National Convention Center that will help you recharge.

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Avoid these words and phrases in a letter of recommendation

A quick Internet search will tell you what to put in a letter of recommendation; but it is just as important to know what to leave out. Using certain words, phrases, and information might cause your reader not to admit your student or hire your former employee. These are the most important to avoid:

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Gary Kinder
Gary Kinder has taught over 1,000 writing programs for the American Bar Association, the Social Security Administration, PG&E, Kraft, Microsoft, and law firms like Jones Day, Sidley, and WilmerHale. His critically-acclaimed Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea hit #7 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

In 2012, Gary and his team of engineers created WordRake editing software to provide writers a full-time, reliable editor; to save them time and money; and to give them the confidence their writing is as clear and concise as they can make it. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has awarded nine patents to WordRake's unique technology, and Harvard Law School has recognized WordRake as "Disruptive Innovation."