Lawyers Need to Write Like Pros Plus 44 More Must-Reads
April 1, 2020
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Lawyers Need to Write Like Pros
Not long ago, I wrote an appellate brief in a case involving statutory construction. After I finished two complete drafts, the brief went through my usual protocol for editing, involving four lawyer-colleagues and one paralegal.… I sent the thoroughly polished brief off to co-counsel, who [added]] pet phrases to all kinds of sentences.… The inserted language was ungainly and sometimes ungrammatical. It flattened the prose, bogged down paragraphs and generally served to do little but anesthetize readers. That meant, of course, that the brief wouldn't do its job well …
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Liz Kurtz is a former federal law clerk and large firm litigator with a background in white collar criminal defense and general commercial litigation. She is a co-founding editor of BiglawWorld, and also contributes to other TechnoLawyer newsletters.
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