Monday, January 30, 2006

the ethics of legal writing

Professor Melissa Weresh at Drake University Law School has written a new book on Legal Writing:  Ethical and Professional Considerations (LexisNexis 2006).  Chapter by chapter she covers different types of documents, such as office memos, client letters, appellate briefs, and transaction documents, explaining both content-based considerations and format and practice considerations.  The book includes excerpts from key cases, as well as notes to encourage classroom or office discussions.  It's a good text for a legal writing or professional responsibility course, a practical gift for new attorneys, and an interesting refresher for experienced attorneys.  One fun touch for legal writing professors are the quotes by colleagues that start each chapter.  (spl)

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