Sunday, November 19, 2017

Joe Kimble’s New Book on Plain English

Let me recommend Joe Kimble’s new book, Seeing Through Legalese (Carolina Academic Press). Joe is the recognized leader in the effort to bring a clearer, plainer style to legal writing and drafting.

In this book, he collects a number of essays that he has written. In the essays, Joe makes his case with examples of how plain English improves writing. The book is full of before-and-after versions of documents that we can use as illustrations in our teaching. You will enjoy this book and learn from it.

As Joe writes, the struggle for better writing and drafting is an ongoing endeavor:

Just know that more forces are at work for better legal writing than ever before — in the law schools, in the literature, in the CLE courses, in various pockets of government, and in multiple organizations and groups worldwide. No revolution; just a gradual cutting down and cleaning up of one verbose pile after another, until readers can see more easily through the legalese — to the light of clarity. 


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Professor Kimble was one of my professors at Cooley Law School in the early 1980s. Anything he states or writes, I take as gold.

Posted by: Robert Alpiner | Nov 26, 2017 8:37:58 AM

Not only is this a wonderful book, Joe is one of the nicest people in legal writing!

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Nov 19, 2017 4:27:13 PM

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