Uncommon Law of Learned Writing, 9 July 2018, Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos
As lawyers, we must not desert cool common sense in our hot pursuit of common law. Uncommon Law of Learned Writing promotes common sense in legal language. Plain language, which is commonsensical, broadens access to legal documents, thus democratizing the law. No democratic society should brook legalese, a dense, verbose dialect known only to […]
Learned Writing: Sense & Nonsense, 6–8 Dec 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos
Of all those arts in which the wise excel Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well Write your way to the top 1% of the learned intelligentsia. Listen to Bryan Garner: “Writing is one of the two great skills that will advance your career in law. (The other is people skills.) […]
Learned Writing: Sense & Nonsense, 26-28 Oct 2016, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos
Good writing is the most critical and yet the rarest skill in law. Listen to Bryan Garner: “Writing is one of the two great skills that will advance your career in law. (The other is people skills.) If you can write well, you must necessarily do other things well: analyze […]
What does legal scholarship have in common with patents?
To be patentable, an invention must be: 1. novel, 2. nonobvious (it must involve an inventive step), and 3. useful (capable of industrial application). To be publishable, a piece of academic legal writing must make a claim that is: 1. novel, 2. nonobvious, and 3. useful. The claim a piece […]