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Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Legal Writing Resources Update
My friend Ed Good, the author of Oops Me: A Grammar Book for You and I ... Oops Me!, has created Lawmanac, a software package available to law students (as well as lawyers). With one click, Lawmanac allows you to retrieve from your hard drive rules on legal citation, punctuation, abbreviations, capitalization, typeface, sample legal citations, a 4700-word legal dictionary, the full text of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, Evidence, and the U.S. Constitution. Lawmanac also provides a 20-lesson, online training program in legal citation and style. Whew! Many legal writing faculty have already downloaded Lawmanac. See what they think. Some law schools have already made this comprehensive software package available to law students. Although Lawmanac is not interactive (i.e., with a press of a button it won't globally change or replace your text or citation), the idea of an on-screen icon providing resources like these is overdue.

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