As lawyers, we must not desert cool common sense in our hot pursuit of common law. Uncommon Law of Learned Writing promotes common sense in legal language. Plain language, which is commonsensical, broadens access to legal documents, thus democratizing the law. No democratic society should brook legalese, a dense, verbose dialect known only to lawyers. What then should society […]
Of all those arts in which the wise excel Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well Write your way to the top 1% of the learned intelligentsia. Listen to Bryan Garner: “Writing is one of the two great skills that will advance your career in law. (The other is people skills.) If you can write well, […]
Good writing is the most critical and yet the rarest skill in law. Listen to Bryan Garner: “Writing is one of the two great skills that will advance your career in law. (The other is people skills.) If you can write well, you must necessarily do other things well: analyze cogently, organize logically, distill accurately, […]
This video introduces The Write House’s new book, The Uncommon Law of Learned Writing. The Uncommon Law of Learned Writing encourages and motivates lawyers and nonlawyers alike to prefer plain English to the legalese and verbosity that has besmirched legal writing for centuries. Please view and share this video by email and on social media. […]
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Kayode Sofola SAN reminds advocates to call a spade a spade, and not an agricultural implement. Sofola has a firm command of English and an ear for the apt expression. He is blessed with a literary turn of mind. He also points out that people would say methodology when method would do just fine; conditionality […]