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Good Sentences: Home

To write good sentences, you need to read good sentences.

Welcome to Good Sentences, a resource designed by the University of Michigan Law Library to help you find and eventually produce pieces of writing that are clear, compelling, and actually enjoyable to read.

Inside, grouped in various law-related categories, there are good sentences by novelists; there are good sentences by journalists; there are good sentences by poets and judges and Supreme Court advocates. There are also video excerpts from "Good with Words," a workshop series created at the Law School to improve the way students draft and edit everything from research memos to pre-trial motions to appellate briefs. Enjoy!

 

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November 14, 2018

Alumni Briefs: Trujillo Diaz v. Sessions, Noon - 12:30 pm, South Hall 0220

Get a short lesson on writing from Professor Patrick Barry and then hear former Equal Justice Works Fellow Katie Kersh (‘13) of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality talk about her winning brief in Trujillo Diaz v. Sessions, a Sixth Circuit case that helped protect her client from being wrongly deported. 

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Friday, November 9, 2018:  Good With Words

3:35–4:35 p.m. South Hall 1020

Judge Andrew Gordon of the District of Nevada will make a special guest appearance in Professor Patrick Barry’s “Good with Words” class. Come hear Judge Gordon’s speaking tips on everything from oral argument, to interviewing, to giving and receiving feedback.

 

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October 31, 2018

Edit Hour: Better Blogs, Noon - 12:30 pm, South Hall 1020.

Blogging has become a bigger and bigger part of both academic and professional life. Learn how to do it a bit better from Professor Patrick Barry and a team of editors from the Michigan Journal of International Law.

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September 26, 2018 Edit Hour: 1L Revised 

Noon–12:30 p.m. South Hall 1020

Join Professor Patrick Barry as he talks with a panel of peer tutors about what they would revise given the chance to edit all the writing they did during their 1L year.

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November 1, 2017: Edit Hour: Crafting Contracts

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Contracts are a way to use words to manage risk and relationships.  Learn to do that more effectively at this week's Edit Hour, where the guest will be Professor Dana Thompson, '99, of the Entrepreneurship Clinic.

Disclaimer

[Important noteGood Sentences does not endorse any of the opinions contained in the sentences in the collection. The only thing we endorse is the elegantly effective way these sentences were constructed.]