April 25, 2018

Joanne Geha Swanson, chair of State Bar of Michigan Appellate Group, contributes thoughts on the power of editing to Michigan Appellate Practice Journal

“A single word, in and of itself, can be a treasure. It is gratifying to find the one perfect word that expresses exactly what I mean. Or the one word that can substitute for three or four. For me, this process of refinement occurs when I edit – scrutinizing every word [yes, even whether to use ‘a’ or ‘the’], rearranging words, cutting extraneous words, clarifying transitions, rewriting headings, and a myriad of other adjustments.” Enjoy this bonus column from the Fall 2017 Journal in which Joanne celebrates the accomplishments of her fellow section members.