Plain English for lawyers
This second edition text continues to stress the basic techniques of good writing. There are additional examples from briefs, statutes, and opinions. Also included are practice exercises and a teacher's manual. All of the exercises have been written to help the user avoid ambiguity, redundancy, "lawyerisms", and prolixity.
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ONE Why Plain English
THREE Use Base Verbs
FIVE Use Short Sentences
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abuse active voice actor Answers attorney fees attorney-client privilege Avoid Cosmic Detachment Avoid Sexist Language base verbs Cardozo's writing style claim clause clear Concrete Words contract corporation counsel court cut off cross-examination defendant Defendant's Elegant Variation ENGLISH FOR LAWYERS estoppel example Exercise fact familiar words filed following passage gaps glue words injury instance International Business Machines issue Jose Cruz jurors jury jury instructions Language Quirks lant's lawyer's tautology LAWYERS Second Edition legal writing Licensor litigation long sentence meaning Mellinkoff ment motion multiple negatives nominalizations notice Noun Chains Nouns and Verbs null and void object omitting surplus words party passive voice person phrase plaintiff pronoun question reader reason Res ipsa loquitur Rewrite these sentences sentence looks short sentences Shotgunning statute Strong Nouns suffer or permit supra tabulation tence term of art trial judge truncated passive useless compound construction vagueness witness word order word-wasting idioms words underlined Write Plain English