Friday, November 28, 2014

Plain English Sources: A Gap Between Profs and Practitioners

At a recent bar committee meeting with practicing lawyers, I once again recognized a significant gap between professors and practitioners.

 Talk to a practitioner who cares about writing clearly and effectively. What or whom does the practitioner mention as an authority for good advice? Strunk & White and possibly one of a handful of professionals who make the Continuing Legal Education Circuit.

No offense to these authorities, but there is a rich literature out there that could benefit the practicing bar. We should think about ways to erase the line (to coin a phrase) that separates the practitioner and the professor.


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What else? Seriously? The Michigan Bar Association's Plain Language Section, the (new) legal writer blog by Raymond Ward (look at the blogroll for more resources), Posner, Garner, Stark -- I can't write a list because I'm afraid I'll leave someone out. There is no shortage of excellent legal writing resources and "touring legal writing" authors and seminar speakers.

Posted by: Celia C. Elwell, RP | Dec 28, 2014 5:21:45 AM

If you go to Ross's website, he's got an extensive biblio on articles about good legal writing.

Posted by: Jim | Nov 29, 2014 8:49:25 PM

I'm currently reading a book called Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates, by Ross Guberman. I wonder if he's one of these CLE touring authors. Whether he is or not, it's an excellent book. What else should we read?

Posted by: JKE | Nov 29, 2014 10:57:05 AM

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