Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Tribute to Richard Wydick

A Guest Post from David Marcello
For a dozen years, Dick Wydick generously shared his drafting expertise and his teaching talent at our International Legislative Drafting Institute. When illness curtailed his travels and he could no longer accommodate the flight to New Orleans, his wisdom nonetheless continued as a presence in the Institute classroom, where each participant receives a copy of “the little book” and several days of instruction on how to apply its techniques in legislative drafting.
Wydick’s wisdom accompanies us to distant training events as well. I was in Vietnam last week and on more than one occasion held up his book and quoted him to a room full of legislative drafters: ”We lawyers do not write plain English.” On Monday, I left behind two very happy legislative drafters with their own shrink-wrapped copies of “Plain English for Lawyers.”
I thought of Dick and Judy as our flight map showed Sacramento below. Then at a layover in Dallas-Fort Worth, I opened email and learned he was no longer with us.
We’ve lost a great teacher, an insightful writer, a thoughtful and considerate person. His work endures, embodied in the “Plain English” book and in the vivid memories of his former students and colleagues. His legacy is large, and his contributions are ongoing. Dick Wydick’s lessons continue to inform my teaching, and he will continue to accompany me into every classroom, as a model and a mentor.
My deepest condolences to Judy Wydick and the family at this time of loss,
David Marcello
Executive Director
The Public Law Center
6329 Freret Street, Suite 130
New Orleans, Louisiana  70118

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