Expert Legal Writing / Edition 1

Expert Legal Writing / Edition 1

by Terri LeClercq
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University of Texas Press
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Expert Legal Writing / Edition 1

This book collects all the advice she has given in her columns into one authoritative guide for expert legal writing. LeClercq covers everything a legal writer needs to know, from the mechanics of grammar and punctuation to the finer points of style, organization, and clarity of meaning. With her practical, readable, and often humorous advice, those who prepare legal documents can rid their prose of mind-numbing 'legalese' and write with the clarity and precision that characterize the very best legal writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900292746885
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/28/1995
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillip
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I. Introduction: Getting and Keeping a Competitive Edge
    • Introduction
    • 1. Writing like a Lawyer
    • 2. Writing's a Touchy Subject
    • 3. Focus on Density
    • 4. Attorneys and Writer's Block
    • 5. Min(d)ing the Field: Appellate Judges Speak Out
  • Part II. Manipulating Legal Sentences: First Aid
    • 6. The Long Sentence
    • 7. Left-Handed Sentences
    • 8. Marshmallow Constructions
    • 9. Cases and Citations Within the Text
    • 10. Coordination and Subordination: Defining Relationships
    • 11. Examining Other Professional Prose
    • 12. Emulating the Pro's Prose: Stylistic Consciousness
    • 13. Deliberate Sentence Structure
    • 14. Beware of Ambiguous Modifiers
  • Part III. Manipulating Legal Organization: Structure Is Meaning
    • 15. Organization and the Deductive Thrust
    • 16. Organizational Advice for Successful Drafting
    • 17. Quick Tricks for Organization
  • Part IV. Manipulating Words: Bigger Isn't Better
    • 18. Jargon: Manure, Margarine, and Moderation
    • 19. Boilerplate: Empty Formalisms
    • 20. Gender-Neutral Language
    • 21. That's Not What I Meant
  • Part V. Punctuating for Clarity: The Poetry of Punctuation
    • 22. Allowing Commas to Create Meaning
    • 23. Sentence Punctuation Guide
    • 24. "Quotation Marks?" She Queried—or, The Arbitrary Rules Surrounding Quotation Marks
    • 25. That Sophisticated Semicolon
    • 26. Compound Adjectives and Noun Strings
  • Part VI. Advice and References: So Go Be an Expert
    • 27. Testing Your Basics
    • 28. Grammar Rules Versus Suggestions
    • 29. Advice to Partners About Advice
    • 30. Reference Books for Legal Writers
  • Index

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