Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If you aren't already familiar with him, Professor James McElhaney authors a great monthly column on trial practice in the ABA Journal. Often focusing on effective communication skills, this month's column entitled "Stop Sounding Like a Lawyer: Plain Language Works Best to Effectively Tell the Story of Your Case" encourages both lawyers and law students to keep it as simple as possible. As the author says: "Because we are professional communicators, it is our obligation to be plain and simple. It’s not our readers’ and listeners’ jobs to try to understand us. It’s our job to make certain that everything we write and say commands instant comprehension."
This would make a great handout for 1Ls since Professor McElhaney seeks to dispel the myth that law students should take their cue about how to write well from the generally intractable opinions they read in class.
I am the scholarship dude.