Wednesday, February 14, 2007
For an interesting take on how court rules hamper the efforts of strong legal writers, see Attorney Mark Herrmann's recent blog post. Herrmann refers specifically to the work of two talented writers on the Seventh Circuit's bench, writers who know when to break the rules. Of course the Seventh Circuit's own posted rules give lawyers a great deal of detail about what's expected in the papers they file with the court. First-year law students often find those rules very instructive -- which pretty much proves Herrmann's point that the rules help maintain a basic quality level, but may hamper efforts to reach higher.