Consumer Bankruptcy Journal Fall 2015 - Page 27

WRITING BRIEFS do not know the rules of grammar. The inexpert hand is obvious when a comma lurks in the middle of a sentence to signal a breath the writer took when he wrote it. Commas have specific uses. A breath in the sentence is not one of them. But the real bombs setting off disaster are semi-colons and colons. These artifacts seem to be as unknown as law libraries. These two combined have fewer uses than commas – presumably making them easier to understand – but seem to be overwhelming more misused. Simple sentences create simple beauty. Punctuation marks, much like peppers, heat up important points that the judge’s eyes must ... Rain or shine. National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys see and remember. Your sentences and the meaning contained in each become more effective when you know the tools to control the sentence. This, in turn, highlights the punch from each point heading and the author’s credibility and command of the law. Winter 2015 CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY JOURNAL 27