Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A federal judge’s suggestions about legal writing

Judge-Guilford A federal judge provides helpful suggestions about legal writing in a recent California Bar Journal article titled Legal Writing: A Contract between the Reader and the WriterJudge Andrew Guilford  advises lawyers to imagine they’re writing to an “unsophisticated person sitting at the breakfast table.”  This tactic should remind them to aim for simplicity and cogency and to incorporate themes and transitions in their writing.  The judge also suggests avoiding gender-biased language, which might be offensive to some readers. 


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