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Plain Language and the Law

Definitions:

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, LLRX.com(link)

 

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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