Wednesday, December 14, 2005

An Article on Plain Legal Writing

On the Plain Language website, one of the article links is to a clear and well-written article by Judge Mark Painter of the Ohio Court of Appeals, at http://www.plainlanguagenetwork.org/Legal/legalwriting.pdf.

He writes forcefully and passionately about plain writing, and he does so with a sense of humor:  "Footnotes detract from readability.  Encountering a footnote is like going downstairs to answer the door while making love."

Now that quote is hard to top, but rest assured that there are many more articles listed on the site, all united by the theme of Plain Language and its inarguable merits. (njs)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2005/12/an_article_on_p.html

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Judge Painter even has a Web site, and here's a link directly to a page containing a number of his legal writing articles: http://www.judgepainter.org/news.htm.

Posted by: Scott Meyer | Dec 14, 2005 6:51:56 PM

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