Friday, January 31, 2014

A law clerk's perspective on legal writing

Professor Brock Collins of Charleston School of Law recently offered a former judicial clerk's perspective on lawyers' Collins writing. As a clerk, he saw documents whose quality varied widely, and he concluded that "The quality of an attorney's credibility and reputation is based in large part on the quality and thoroughness of her legal writing." Among his suggestions for lawyers:  "Use IRAC. Seriously," and "Take care in citing authority." For other suggestions, see Brock's column at page 28 of the January 2014 Kentucky Bench and Bar Magazine.

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