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Did You Get the Memo? National Memo Day Is Coming

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD on May 19, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

National Memo Day is a thing. But really, it should be called the National Day of Mystery because the origins of the "national" day are unknown.

We're not really sure why memoranda need their own national day of recognition, but since we're lawyers, and writing and reading memoranda take up a bit of our day, we thought we'd give you a roundup of our best memo-related posts.

Here are our top memo-related posts this National Memo Day.

BigLaw 101: How to Write Your 1st Professional Legal Memo

One of the first assignments you may receive as a junior associate at BigLaw is to write a memo, and we've given you easy seven steps to writing a professional memo.

BigLaw Memo Teaches Partners How to Interact With Diverse Hires

This post is more of a lesson in what a memo should not look like; it's an exercise in good intentions gone wrong.

Clifford Chance's Sexist Memo Was 'Unintentional.' So There.

How could we forget this gem of a memo? Also filed under "awful memos."

How to Give Advice, and Not Belittle, Women Attorneys

Yes, there's more. Another memo belittling women via memo, and another lesson on how to avoid doing it.

With so many bad memos making the rounds online, one way to recognize National Memo Day is to take some time to think about the kinds of memos you create and circulate at your firm. Do they really add value? Are they well researched and informative? Will they embarrass the hell out of you if they turn up online?

Writing great memos, especially at the junior level at BigLaw is important because that's so much of what you do. The key to writing good memos is to remember that effective research and analysis, along with persuasive writing, will make the most convincing arguments.

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