Monday, November 11, 2013

Clarence Darrow’s writing and speaking style

Randall Tietjen's discovery of previously unknown letters by Clarence Darrow led him to writeDarrow In the Clutches of the Law: Clarence Darrow’s Letters. In a recent interview with Bryan Garner for the ABA Journal, Tietjen summarized  Darrow’s writing style: “His mature style of writing was unpretentious. He wrote what he would call ‘simple and unadorned’ sentences.”  For oral argument, Darrow believed in “a clear, forceful, eloquent and convincing style.”  Today's law students would benefit from emulating the style of the master.


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