Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cogent defense of plain language

Legal writing expert Joe Kimble of Cooley Law School has posted a cogent defense of plain language on the KimbleNational Conference of State Legislatures website. Responding to Jack Stark, who argued against plain language, Kimble begins, "In a way, you have to admire someone who has spent almost two decades campaigning against plain language — unsuccessfully — and who still carries on." Kimble then methodically refutes Stark's arguments, including his contention that plain language leads to confusion and dumbs material down. Besides being good reading, Kimble's piece provides a sound rebuttal to any students who still argue for legalese. (I've encountered fewer and fewer such students in recent years.)


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