Expert legal writing
For ten years, Terri LeClercq's "Legal Writing" column in the Texas Bar Journal has helped polish the prose of lawyers and law students, judges and clerks, paralegals, writing instructors, and legal secretaries. This book collects all the advice she has given in her columns into one authoritative guide for expert legal writing. LeClercq covers everything a legal writer needs to know, from the mechanics of grammar and punctuation to the finer points of style, organization, and clarity of meaning. With her practical, readable, and often humorous advice, those who prepare legal documents can rid their prose of mind-numbing "legalese" and write with the clarity and precision that characterize the very best legal writing.
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Structure Is Meaning
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adverb adverbial clause advice allow ambiguity Annie Dillard antecedent argument associates attorneys audience become begin Bluebook brief citations clauses client comma complete sentence conclusion confusion contract coordinate court create defendant definition develop draft drafters E. B. White editing elements Elements of Style emphasize English example exercise facts follow frequently goal H. L. Mencken hyphen ideas important independent clauses initial intended issue jargon judges language law firm lawyers legal documents legal writers letter logical major material meaning Melvin memorandum ment modifier move noun options organization Otis paragraph parallel pattern Perhaps phrases plaintiff preposition problem pronoun prose prosecutrix punctuation question quotation marks readers relationship rule semicolon sentence elements sentence structure separate signal someone specific statute style stylistic subordinate suggest summary judgment tabulation technique tence Texas tion topic sentence traditional transitions understand verb white space words writer's block written