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Hitting the "Send" Button: Translating the Traditional Long-

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by James Dimitri on 13 September 2013

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Transcript of Hitting the "Send" Button: Translating the Traditional Long-

Hitting the "Send" Button: Translating the Traditional Long-Form Memorandum into an Informal E-mail Memorandum
Jim Dimitri
Clinical Professor of Law

Reasons
Practice-ready graduates
Increased e-mail use in practice
Shift away from traditional memo
Millennial generation attributes
Skills to be taught
Writing mechanics
Tailoring to context
Proper tone
Using proper writing mechanics
Tailoring the communication to the context
Formality
Attributes of screen readers
Privacy and confidentiality
Urgent matters/recipient preferences
Using the proper tone
Bibliography
Kendra Huard Fershee, The New Legal Writing: The Importance of Teaching Law Students How to Use E-mail Professionally, 71 Md. L. Rev. Endnotes 1 (2012).
Wayne Schiess, E-Mail Like a Lawyer, Sept. 2010 Mich. B.J. 48.
Kristen Konrad Robbins-Tiscione, From Snail Mail to E-Mail: The Traditional Legal Memorandum in the Twenty-First Century, 58 J. Leg. Educ. 32 (2008).
Tracy Turner, E-Mail Etiquette in the Business World, 18 Persps. 18 (2009).
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