Archive for March 12, 2007

My Lowly Case

March 12, 2007

I’ve been given almost free reign to talk to TLI blog readers about what I’ve been hearing and thinking about and the first topic that comes to mind is… none other than capitalization.

Every day my job is made easier by the wonderful attorneys, marketing professionals and public relations practitioners who send me press releases outlining the latest legal happenings. I’m not one of those reporters who takes a look at the first line and throws it out, or who gets angry when after five pages the fax machine is still humming. I have to admit I actually appreciate longer releases with plenty of background information and fun statistics. What I have found somewhat troublesome  – – and I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in this here ––  is the use of capitalization. It Seems That Law Firms Love To Capitalize. 

While I am far from a grammarian ––  thank goodness for copy editors ––  I’m fairly certain that in the world of proper nouns practice areas, executive committees and certainly the words “law” and “firm” are not, on their own, worthy of the not-so-elusive capital letter.

If firms are hoping that reporters will cut and paste portions of press releases for direct use… placing as many capital letters as possible will not help accomplish this goal. Reporters just get aggravated when we constantly have to use the left arrow, delete, shift combo to replace the capital. This post certainly is not meant to offend, although I fear I will now find words like “joined” and “lawyer” looking more like Joined and Lawyer as punishment for my petty complaints. Oh well. If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

~Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter