Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Websites for Improved Legal Writing

I've got most every legal writing book known to man, but I love to browse my favorite legal writing websites and blogs for new, hot-off-the-press tips.  I regularly follow these blogs and websites to improve my writing.


Legal writing godfather Bryan Garner's website is a treasure trove of information for those eager to learn about good legal writing. LawProse has Garner-conducted interviews with federal and state judges on legal writing, usage and writing tips, a word of the day, and many other features. 


Legal Writing Pro 

On his website, Ross Guberman offers excellent tips for brief writing that he supports with real-life examples. I’m a huge fan of Guberman’s book, Point Made, now in its second edition, and Guberman offers additional brief-writing advice on Legal Writing Pro. Some of my favorite Guberman articles include Five Ways to Write Like John Roberts and The Supreme Writer on the Court: The Case for Kagan.


Brief Right
Brief Right is the brainchild of Hollingsworth LLP’s Kirby Griffis. On the blog, Griffis offers a variety of practical advice for creating briefs—recent posts include using the table of contents to persuade, acknowledging weaknesses, and avoiding what Griffis calls BRIQs (Big, Really Impenetrable Quotes). 


Adams on Drafting
Ken Adams is a contract-drafting guru, and his website offers great tips for drafting clear contracts. Adams is the author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers plenty of advice through his regular articles and posts on some of the stickiest contract drafting issues.


Typography for Lawyers 

The Typography for Lawyers website provides some of the information contained in Matthew Butterick’s excellent book of the same name. Butterick’s advice ranges from selecting readable fonts to using white space to avoiding widow and orphan lines. Butterick provides sample documents to demonstrate the importance of typography and even offers typography strategies for different types of documents, from briefs to business cards.


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