Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Using P.A.S.S. to check your legal documents

University of Kentucky Legal Writing Director Melissa Henke recently offered lawyers a helpful Henkemnemonic to sharpen legal documents.  "P.A.S.S." reminds a legal writer to determine the Purpose of a document, identify its Audience and Scope, and decide what Stance to take in writing it. As Professor Henke puts it, "these big picture questions" will help the lawyer in organizing a document, deciding how to present its arguments, and determining what writing and formatting conventions to apply. Read more about using P.A.S.S. at page 16 of the November Kentucky Bench and Bar Magazine.



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