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Legal Writing: Five-Step Checklist for Better Editing and Proofreading

To make sure your legal writing always meets the highest standard, this article provides a checklist to help make your document shine, and it points to interactive editing software that can give you a competitive advantage when you’re under time pressure.

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Not Competent in Basic Tech? You Could Be Overbilling Your Clients—and Be on Shaky Ethical Ground

Tthe duty of technology competence requires lawyers to be competent in every tech tool that we use to serve our clients, not just fancy data security tools, but regular tools like MS Word. Ivy Grey explains the implications.

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Advice to My Young Associate Self

I wish I’d realized earlier that getting my job in BigLaw was not the end goal—it was just the beginning of an arduous journey that only a few can survive. Ivy Grey explains how to get ahead in BigLaw.

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Exploring the Ethical Duty of Technological Competence, Part II

Billable time spent manually performing easily-automated basic tasks may be an unearned fee. It’s already clear that clients are not willing to pay for this time, but this could be more than a billing write-off—it may constitute an ethical violation. Ivy Grey explains why.

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Exploring the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence, Part I

Our ethical duties require us to do more than just to maintain client confidences, therefore our duty to be technologically competent must extend beyond confidentiality, too. Ivy Grey explains why a lawyer must be competent in all matters reasonably necessary for the representation.

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Using Software to Improve Realization Rates Ethically and Efficiently

A focus on hours billed ignores the more useful metric: realization rates. Ivy Grey explains how proofreading software can help raise them.

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Improving Your Legal Writing: Six Tips for Using Critique to Your Advantage

These six tips help you use critique to become the best legal writer that you can be and find success in legal practice.

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It's Not Me, It's You: Lawyers Don't Want Lousy, Overpriced Tech

Lawyers are people too. Ivy Grey shows why you should design your software accordingly

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Free eBook: Wildcard Cookbook for MS Word

You can make changes in documents quickly by learning to use wildcard search in MS Word. This free ebook version of the Wildcard Cookbook by Jack Lyon explains how.

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Training Law Students to Be Lawyers: Rethinking Legal Writing Class

Many law schools are failing to adequately prepare students for the profession. In this article, Ivy Grey shows how improved legal writing classes can help make legal education more practical.

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