Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Suggestions for Brief Writing

The January 2011 ABA Journal contains some helpful suggestions for brief writing.  In a column titled “Listen to What You Write”, Professor Jim McElhaney urges brief writers to avoid stuffy language.  His pointers counsel writers to avoid double negatives, use real names instead of “plaintiff” and “defendant,” and avoid “former” and “latter.”  The column first appeared in 1995, but its suggestions remain timely for today's law students as many of them begin writing briefs.


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