Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lawyers and judges advise crisp writing

Practicing lawyers and judges recently offered advice about legal writing in a Chicago Lawyer article. Appellate lawyer Joel D. Bertocchi told how he had shifted from language “encrusted with clauses” to a "more direct and lively" style aimed at convincing busy judges. On a similar note, U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow stressed that a brief should “cut to the chase as quickly as possible.” Meanwhile, intellectual property lawyer Donald Mizerk lamented that new lawyers’ writing is less polished today than twenty years ago, partly because tweets and on-screen editing have promoted bad habits.

Hat tip: Ralph Brill


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