Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The fiftieth anniversary issue of the Washburn Law Journal focuses on “Excellence in Legal Writing.” The issue starts with federal Judge J. Thomas Marten's views on the subject. The featured articles then explore a range of topics. Under the intriguing title "The Lady or the Tiger," Linda Berger of Mercer writes about metaphor and narrative in legal writing. Georgetown’s Kristen Robbins-Tiscione's article recommends teaching classical rhetoric in the legal writing classroom. Wayne Schiess and Elana Einhorn of the University of Texas analyze issue statements and conclude that they should be tailored for particular types of documents. My discussion of “Rambo Run Amok” examines judges’ reactions to increased incivility in lawyers’ documents. Almas Khan of LaVerne then provides a helpful “Compendium of Legal Writing Sources.”
Thanks to the Washburn Law Journal for providing this in-depth discussion of topics related to our field.