Thursday, March 30, 2006
If you are not a member of the New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA"), you might not be aware that the NYSBA Journal is a gold mine for those who teach legal writing or just care a lot about it. For the past few years, each issue of the Journal has ended with a column called The Legal Writer, by Judge Gerald Lebovits, of the New York City Civil Court. Judge Lebovits has covered a wide range of legal writing topics. Most fortunately, the NYSBA website includes archives of the past issues, going back five years, available in .pdf format.
In addition, the Journal also features a monthly column called Language Tips, by Gertrude Block, professor emerita of the University of Florida College of Law. Professor Block entertains questions from readers, about our written language and its usage in the legal context, and she provides detailed, informative replies.
Finally, about once a year in recent years, the Journal has dedicated an entire issue to legal writing. It's really worth taking a look at the issues in the archives. (spl)