Plain English for Lawyers

Plain English for Lawyers Author Richard C. Wydick
ISBN-10 9781594601514
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Publisher Carolina Academic Press
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Wydick's Plain English for Lawyers--now in its fifth edition--has been a favorite of law students, legal writing teachers, lawyers, and judges for over 25 years.

In January 2005, the Legal Writing Institute gave Wydick its Golden Pen Award for having written Plain English for Lawyers. The Legal Writing Institute is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research. The Institute has over 1,300 members representing all of the ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. Its membership also includes law teachers from other nations, English teachers, and practicing lawyers.

The LWI award states: 'Plain English for Lawyers . . . has become a classic. Perhaps no single work has done more to improve the writing of lawyers and law students and to promote the modern trend toward a clear, plain style of legal writing.'

In 2003 Wydick retired after 32 years on the law faculty of the University of California, Davis. But he still teaches his favorite course -- a seminar in advanced legal writing for third-year law students. For the past eight summers he has also lectured at the International Legislative Drafting Institute presented in New Orleans by the Public Law Center, a joint venture of Tulane and Loyola law schools. There the audience consists of lawyers and non-lawyers from abroad who earn their living drafting legislation in many different languages. 'Teaching at the Institute,' Wydick says, 'is a precious opportunity to learn how much we English-users have in common with people who write laws in other languages.'

How does the fifth edition of Plain English for Lawyers differ from its predecessors? It remains (in size only!) a little book, small enough and palatable enough not to intimidate over-loaded law students. 'Most of the text remains the same,' Wydick says, 'but in the past seven years I ve learned some new things about writing in English, and I want to share that with the readers.' In addition, the exercises at the end of the chapters are different (a welcome change for long-time teachers who are tired of the old ones). Finally, the teacher's manual includes additional exercises that teachers can give to students who want or need extra practice.



Plain Language for Lawyers

Plain Language for Lawyers Author Michele M. Asprey
ISBN-10 9781862877757
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Publisher Federation Pr
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Professor Kimble names Michele Asprey's book Plain Language for Lawyers as one of the top publications in the history of plain language. In Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please - The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law - Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, Professor Kimble lists Michele Asprey's book as number 7 on his list of the top publications - quite an accolade. It appears alongside David Mellinkoff's book The Language of the Law (from 1963), Richard Wydick's book Plain English for Lawyers (from 1979), Rudloph Flesch's work, and Ernest Gowers's The Complete Plain Words, among others. The idea that lawyers can - and should - write in plain language is not new. There have always been plain language lawyers. There just aren't enough of them. The plain language movement in Australia has been with us for decades. Plain language has been taught in law schools in Australia for almost 20 years. But still too many lawyers don't write in language that clients, and other readers, can understand. Plain Language for Lawyers can help. Over the 18 years it has been in print and it has established itself in Australia and overseas as a comprehensive, entertaining and enormously useful text. It includes international references, contains practical advice, and can be read and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in plain language in the law. The 4th edition has been completely revised and updated. All cases, legislation and text references have been updated to 2009 Recent international developments in plain language are included Chapter 12, on the principles of legal interpretation, has been completely rewritten to cover the latest case law Chapter 13, the plain language vocabulary, has been extended Chapter 14, on email and the internet, has been updated, and includes the latest on defamation law Chapter 15 and 16, which cover document design for both print and the computer screen, have both been revised to include the latest research findings on typography, and the way we read and comprehend on-line material The global financial crisis has shown how complex legal and financial documents can conceal dangers for readers who don't understand the legal risks of modern financial products. Now, more than ever, it is time for Plain Language for Lawyers. An expanded version of Chapter 4 - Plain Language Around the World is available in electronic format, for purchase as a stand-alone 100 page work. Contact us to purchase a digital version of this chapter.



The Plain Language Guide to New York Divorce: An easy-to-read primer on the New York divorce process, specifically written for non-lawyers

The Plain Language Guide to New York Divorce: An easy-to-read primer on the New York divorce process, specifically written for non-lawyers Author Steve Brodsky Esq.
ISBN-10 9781505382921
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Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Whether you are planning on filing for divorce in New York, have been served with divorce papers, or simply contemplating the potential consequences of a future divorce, this book provides everything you need to know, in easy-to-understand language.

Unlike most other books on New York divorce, which are filled with vague answers like "it depends," the author gives honest real-world answers to tough questions like:

- What's the secret to getting a really fast divorce in New York?
- How much is my divorce realistically going to cost?
- What should I do if I am served with divorce papers?
- How can I get a divorce lawyer if my spouse has all the money?
- Can I legally punish my spouse for cheating on me?
- How much support will I have to pay if I file for divorce?
- I don't trust my spouse to be alone with our child. What can I do?
- My spouse hides his income, so how can I get the support I am entitled to?
- Can my spouse have divorced me without my knowledge?
- Should I allow my real estate (or injury or traffic ticket) lawyer to handle my divorce case?
- Can I serve my spouse with divorce papers by certified mail?

You can spend an hour with a New York divorce lawyer for $300, or you can read this book for a fraction of the cost and learn almost everything you need to know.



How to Write Plain English: A Book for Lawyers and Consumers : With 60 Before-And-After Translations from Legalese

How to Write Plain English: A Book for Lawyers and Consumers : With 60 Before-And-After Translations from Legalese Author Rudolf Franz Flesch
ISBN-10 9780060112783
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Publisher Harpercollins
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The book uses its own principles; it's short. You can read it in a couple of hours. Flesch shows passages of legalese, then rewrites each passage using the rules he lays out. The examples make it easy to learn the concepts quickly. This book will teach you to write so you can make your ideas easy-to-understand for virtually everyone.



Plain English for Lawyers

Plain English for Lawyers Author Richard Wydick
ISBN-10 9780890892565
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Publisher Carolina Academic Press
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Now in its fourth edition, Wydick's book stands the test of time. With its affordable price, this book is the most cost-effective teaching tool available to legal writing instructors. It teaches the legal profession how to learn and practice basic techniques of good writing through examples from briefs, statutes, and other legal writings. It also provides practical exercises so that readers may try out their new-found insights.

The fourth edition includes a subsection on syntactic ambiguity and a subsection with ideas for drafting statutes, rules, and other formal documents, as well as updated endnotes and many new exercises.

Plain English for Lawyers has proven itself to be one of the most essential tools for law students and practicing lawyers alike, and Wydick's humorous demonstrations of legalese endear this book to both students and faculty.



Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) Author Bryan A. Garner
ISBN-10 9780226284170
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Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking—a skill inseparable from good writing.

Replete with common sense and wit, the book draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through more than a decade of teaching in the field. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting. Meanwhile, Garner explores important aspects of document design. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section reinforce the book's principles. (An answer key to basic exercises is included in the book; answers to intermediate and advanced exercises are provided in a separate Instructor's Manual, free of charge to instructors.) Appendixes include a comprehensive punctuation guide with advice and examples, and four model documents.

Today more than ever before, legal professionals cannot afford to ignore the trend toward clear language shorn of jargon. Clients demand it, and courts reward it. Despite the age-old tradition of poor writing in law, Legal Writing in Plain English shows how legal writers can unshackle themselves.

Legal Writing in Plain English includes:

*Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines.
*Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully.
*Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions.
*Exercises to reinforce principles of good writing (also available on the Internet).
*Helpful guidance on page layout.
*A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark.
*Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English.



Legal Mumbo Jumbo: Navigating 8 Common Areas of Law in Plain Language

Legal Mumbo Jumbo: Navigating 8 Common Areas of Law in Plain Language Author Steven J. Gibbs Esq.
ISBN-10 9781535127325
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Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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If you've ever dealt with a legal issue, you've probably wished you had someone to turn to for information prior to thinking about paying legal fees or deciding who to hire. Ideally, this would be someone with inside experience who could walk you through the basics and offer a roadmap for your area of legal concern. In this way, you would be empowered to make confident decisions and thereafter manage the process with your legal advisor. After all, just a little bit of insight can make all the difference between feeling empowered to address your legal challenges or being left overwhelmed. Steven J. Gibbs is a attorney and entrepreneur with many years of private practice experience whose singular goal is to provide this helpful resource for individuals, families, entrepreneurs, and business professionals who either regularly deal with certain areas of legal exposure or are undergoing common legal problems. This book offers rare insights shared by Steven about 8 common areas of law based upon his many years of legal practice experience. This book is not a complicated treatise, but rather is offered in an entertaining, easy to understand format. Highlights include a comprehensive overview of each subject, background information, examples, explanations of terms and suggestions to navigate the topic in the real world. As a bonus, Steven has included a section at the end of the book to assist you in hiring an attorney who is caring, experienced and the best fit for your legal matters. After all, the attorney client relationship is intended to be one that is for the long term and backed by trust and integrity. Steven's hope in this writing is that you will be empowered to take charge of your legal concerns, so as to become a proactive participant with your legal counsel rather than an helpless bystander. Are you ready for the road map to navigate your maze of Legal Mumbo Jumbo? Get proactive with your legal concerns today!



Plain Language for Lawyers by Michele M. Asprey (2010-05-31)

Plain Language for Lawyers by Michele M. Asprey (2010-05-31) Author Michele M. Asprey
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Publisher Federation Pr
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Plain Language for Lawyers by Michele M. Asprey (2010-05-31) has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Plain Language for Lawyers by Michele M. Asprey (2010-05-31) also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Plain Language for Lawyers by Michele M. Asprey (2010-05-31) book for free.



Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing in Plain English

Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing in Plain English Author Mark E. Wojcik
ISBN-10 9780982353806
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Publisher Intl Law Inst
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A great book for those who are beginner in Legal English



Clarifying EC Regulations: How European Community Regulations Could be Written More Clearly So That Citizens of Member States, Including Lawyers, Would Understand Them Better

Clarifying EC Regulations: How European Community Regulations Could be Written More Clearly So That Citizens of Member States, Including Lawyers, Would Understand Them Better Author Martin Cutts
ISBN-10 9780952074830
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Publisher Plain Language Commission
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Clarifying EC Regulations: How European Community Regulations Could be Written More Clearly So That Citizens of Member States, Including Lawyers, Would Understand Them Better has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Clarifying EC Regulations: How European Community Regulations Could be Written More Clearly So That Citizens of Member States, Including Lawyers, Would Understand Them Better also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Clarifying EC Regulations: How European Community Regulations Could be Written More Clearly So That Citizens of Member States, Including Lawyers, Would Understand Them Better book for free.



Plain Language for Lawyers

Plain Language for Lawyers Author Michele M. Asprey
ISBN-10 1862874646
Release 2003-01
Pages 330
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Seven years have passed since the publication of the 2nd edition of Plain Language for Lawyers. In that time plain language has taken off in leaps and bounds. Michele M Asprey has comprehensively revised and updated Plain Language for Lawyers for this 3rd edition. The book now covers the significant developments in plain language and the law since 1996. There are 2 new chapters, one on writing email and writing for the internet, and the other on designing documents intended to be read on the computer screen. Chapter 3 (Why plain language?) has been expanded and divided into 2 chapters: Chapter 3 - Why plain language? And Chapter 4 - Plain language around the world, reflecting the many developments in plain language on the international scene



Plain Language for Lawyers

Plain Language for Lawyers Author Michele M. Asprey
ISBN-10 1862877750
Release 2010
Pages 355
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The idea that lawyers can - and should - write in plain language is not new. There have always been plain language lawyers. There just arenâe(tm)t enough of them. The plain language movement in Australia has been with us for decades. Plain language has been taught in law schools in Australia for almost 20 years. But still too many lawyers donâe(tm)t write in language that clients, and other readers, can understand. Plain Language for Lawyers can help. Over the 18 years it has been in print and it has established itself in Australia and overseas as a comprehensive, entertaining and enormously useful text. It includes international references, contains practical advice, and can be read and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in plain language in the law. The 4th edition has been completely revised and updated. All cases, legislation and text references have been updated to 2009 Recent international developments in plain language are included Chapter 12, on the principles of legal interpretation, has been completely rewritten to cover the latest case law Chapter 13, the plain language vocabulary, has been extended Chapter 14, on email and the internet, has been updated, and includes the latest on defamation law Chapter 15 and 16, which cover document design for both print and the computer screen, have both been revised to include the latest research findings on typography, and the way we read and comprehend on-line material The global financial crisis has shown how complex legal and financial documents can conceal dangers for readers who donâe(tm)t understand the legal risks of modern financial products. Now, more than ever, it is time for Plain Language for Lawyers.



Plain Language for Lawyers

Plain Language for Lawyers Author
ISBN-10 1862877866
Release 2010
Pages 363
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A comprehensive, entertaining and enormously useful text. It includes international references, contains practical advice, and can be read and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in plain language in the law.



Lifting the Fog of Legalese

Lifting the Fog of Legalese Author Joseph Kimble
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105064102630
Release 2006
Pages 199
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"Professor Joseph Kimble, a leading expert on plain language, has collected in this one book many of his published essays. They will interest and inform judges, lawyers, law students, legal scholars, and anyone else who engages in legal writing."--BOOK JACKET.



Plain English for Lawyers

Plain English for Lawyers Author Richard Wydick
ISBN-10 0890892989
Release 1995-01-01
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Plain English for Lawyers has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Plain English for Lawyers also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Plain English for Lawyers book for free.



Plain Language Pleadings

Plain Language Pleadings Author Carol Ann Wilson
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105061746132
Release 1996
Pages 221
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"Legal writing is a mess," says the author, and quotes from the leaders of the plain language for lawyers movement. From her "Funeral for Legalese" through her "Editing Checklist," Carol Ann Wilson convinces her readers that lawyers should rid their writing of legalese and that lawyers' assistants can help. "The LA who can draft pleadings is valuable to the lawyer and to the legal profession." And those pleadings should be "concise, powerful, and communicative."



How to write plain English

How to write plain English Author Rudolf Franz Flesch
ISBN-10 UOM:39015038169556
Release 1979-08
Pages 126
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Tackling the obfuscation inherent in legal language, Flesch isolates the elements in legal writing that make most documents beyond the layman's comprehension and offers remedies for each obstacle to easy reading and understanding



Writing for Dollars Writing to Please

Writing for Dollars  Writing to Please Author Joseph Kimble
ISBN-10 1611631912
Release 2012
Pages 167
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This book seeks to change public and legal writing—by making the ultimate case for plain language. The book gathers a large body of evidence for two related truths: using plain language can save businesses and government agencies a ton of money, and plain language serves and satisfies readers in every possible way. The book also debunks the ten biggest myths about plain writing. And it looks back on 40 highlights in plain-language history. Professor Joseph Kimble is a leading international expert on this subject. Here is the book that sums up his important work. His message is vital to every government writer, business writer, and attorney.



Clarity for Lawyers

Clarity for Lawyers Author Mark Adler
ISBN-10 185328985X
Release 2007
Pages 200
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Guiding the reader through the pitfalls of legal writing, Adler explains how to prevent ambiguity and mistakes, therefore saving time and getting the message across effectively.



Letters for Lawyers

Letters for Lawyers Author Garry Barnsley
ISBN-10 186287333X
Release 2000-01
Pages 210
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Book + CD available as a package or individuallyEvery letter that you write creates a permanent record of the information it contains. Accordingly, it is important to ensure that it accurately reflects your ideas and communicates in a way that satisfies the needs of your reader. Letters also convey an image of the writer and of his or her competence and professionalism. Clearly, it is in your interest to use your letters to create a positive impression.de Groot and Maxwell, Legal Letter Writing, 1994Here's to plain language and clear understanding.Kaspar Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) to Sam Slade (Humphrey Bogart), proposing a toast, in The Maltese Falcon.Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.Sir Winston ChurchillBroadcast address, 9 February 1941Words are a lawyer's tools of trade. Precedents are the templates used to leverage the lawyer's skills and letters are the basic tools of legal practice. Yet often we put much more effort and sophistication into our computerised delivery systems than into our precedents. It takes time and skill to write letters that are concise and plain but also comprehensive and it is hard to find time to keep your letters up-to-date.This book of letters will test the legal profession's interest in practical tools to do the job by offering templates for that deceptively commonplace legal task called conveyancing.The letters are written by a lawyer keen on plain language and have been refined over 30 years of daily application. They can save you time, make you money and let you sleep more soundly at night by providing you and your staff with inbuilt checklists. They can help you build your reputation with your clients for thoroughness and clarity, while evincing and adding to the value of your services.



Legal Language

Legal Language Author Peter M. Tiersma
ISBN-10 0226803031
Release 2000-05-15
Pages 314
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This history of legal language slices through the polysyllabic thicket of legalese. The text shows to what extent legalese is simply a product of its past and demonstrates that arcane vocabulary is not an inevitable feature of our legal system.



Modern Legal Drafting

Modern Legal Drafting Author Peter Butt
ISBN-10 0521001862
Release 2001-06-04
Pages 181
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This clearly structured and well-referenced book shows how and why traditional legal language has developed some of the peculiar characteristics that sometimes make legal documents inaccessible to the end users. It examines recent reforms in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and North America, and provides a critical examination of case law and the rules of interpretation. Practical elements are also covered. Detailed case studies illustrate how obtuse words and phrases can be reworked or removed. Particularly useful is the step-by-step guide to drafting in the modern style, using examples drawn from four types of legal documents: leases, company constitutions, wills and conveyances. Readers of this book will receive clear instructions on how to make their writing clearer and their legal documents more useful to clients and colleagues. This book will benefit all law students and professionals.



English As a Legal Language

English As a Legal Language Author Christine Rossini
ISBN-10 9041196803
Release 1998-09-18
Pages 320
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"English as a Legal Language is a lawyer's plain language guide to English legal terminology. Anyone who finds it difficult to express legal terms in English simply looks under the general heading to find the relevant terms and their usage. This book can also be used to find explanations of words from a translating dictionary. Further, it is structured as a thesaurus, organized according to topic with an alphabetical index. More and more, lawyers need the English language. But attempts to convert the language to meet one's own purpose often result in misconceptions. English legal language has its roots in the Anglo-American legal tradition and the non-native speaking lawyer may have difficulty understanding a word choice in English without also seeing how it fits into legal thinking and relates to other words in the subject area as a whole. "English as a Legal Language offers a comparative lexicon of US and UK legal systems, with references to European legal systems. Special features of this work include: - The vocabulary of an entire area of law in each section; - A verb section which provides guidance on substantives, adjectives, adverbs, phrases, usage, as well as sample sentences and clues about typical mistakes; and - An index which gives an alphabetical rendition of the topically ordered definitions - essential for words that have multiple definitions. All lawyers working in English, and especially continental European lawyers, will find this book indispensable in their practices. The book is also of prime interest to business people, accountants, translators, legal secretaries and students. It will enable all practitioners and academics to express complex ideas inEnglish, to understand the intricacies of English as a legal language, and to avoid the potential mishaps, when language barriers prevent a true meeting of minds.



The Complete Plain Words

The Complete Plain Words Author Ernest Gowers
ISBN-10 1567922031
Release 2002
Pages 288
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This classic guide to the intricacies of the English language provides clear, succinct explanations of such topics as jargon, spelling, punctuation, superfluous words, the overuse or misuse of words, sexist language and the ground rules of grammar.



Hereof Thereof and Everywhereof

Hereof  Thereof  and Everywhereof Author Howard Darmstadter
ISBN-10 159031977X
Release 2008
Pages 239
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This update of Howard Darmstadter's witty, accessible guide to legal drafting reminds practitioners how best to choose their words, to compose clear and succinct sentences, to lay out their documents, and to decide which documents best serve a given scenario. This book may be unconventional, but it is a vital element of any lawyer's library.



The Language of the Law

The Language of the Law Author David Mellinkoff
ISBN-10 9781592446902
Release 2004-05-13
Pages 540
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This book tells what the language of the law is, how it got that way and how it works out in the practice. The emphasis is more historical than philosophical, more practical than pedantic.



Lawyers Should Use Plain Language

Lawyers Should Use Plain Language Author Carol M. Bast
ISBN-10 OCLC:964522618
Release 1995
Pages 67
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Lawyers Should Use Plain Language has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Lawyers Should Use Plain Language also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Lawyers Should Use Plain Language book for free.