Plain English for Lawyers

Plain English for Lawyers Author Richard C. Wydick
ISBN-10 1594601518
ISBN-13 9781594601514
Year 2005-07-30
Pages 139
Language English
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

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