Thursday, January 20, 2011
In the Michigan Bar Journal, Plain English guru Professor Joe Kimble (Cooley Law School) has urged the Michigan Bar to champion a revised version of the state’s oath for lawyers being admitted to the bar. When George Hathaway proposed the revised version over a decade ago, he noted the failings of the current oath:
Some might regard the current oath as
quaint—and right for a ceremonial occasion. But I suspect that
many or most new lawyers find it unclear in places and rather
odd—the verbal equivalent of wearing spats or a coat with tails.
Why start lawyers off like this? The plain-English version is solemn,
dignified, and equally right for a ceremonial occasion.
To see the competing versions, please click here. With these versions, you can provide your students with a nice illustration of how to revise into plain English