Plain Language Association

Plain Language and the Law


What is Plain Legal Language?




Judge Mark Painter:

Legal Writing 201 (PDF, 91KB)


Appellate Writing (PDF, 61KB)




Joseph Kimble:

Answering the Critics of Plain Language


Answering the Critics of Plain Language (PDF, 318KB)


Other articles, downloadable files and links on plain language

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Steven Stark:

Win Cases with Effective Writing


Cheryl Stephens:

What is Really Wrong with Legal Language?


Plain Language Explained to Business Lawyers


Don't Be a Letterhead. Think about Your Clients


Is the Form Still Blank? Maybe Your Client Has Difficulty Reading


A Crash Course in Plain Language


Communications: Are You Listening?


Keep Your Clients Informed


Other articles on plain language and design issues


Irene Leonard King:

What's It Going to Take for You to Use Plain Language?


Peter Butt:

PLAIN Conference Presentation: The Assumptions Behind Plain Legal Language


See Also:

Other Plain Language Organizations


Lawyers for Literacy


Legal Bibliography


Plain English Columns From Michigan Law Journal (link)


Community Legal Education Ontario, Toronto (link)


Nolo, The Plain Language Law Center (link)


Pennsylvania Plain Language Consumer Contract Act (link)


Publishing Guidelines (link)


Plain Language in Law--Sandeep Dave,


Australia Office of Parliamentary Counsel on Drafting Legislation (link, PDF)


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Plain Language Handbook (link, PDF)


Writing in Plain Language--Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales (link)

Expressions of Support:

Canadian Bar Association


Legal Writing Institute


Legal Secretaries International

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