Expert Legal Writing

Paperback | January 1, 1995

byTerri Leclercq, Chief Justice Suprem Phillips Thomas R.Foreword byThomas R., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas Phillips

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For ten years, Terri LeClercq's "Legal Writing" column in the Texas Bar Journal has helped polish the prose of lawyers and law students, judges and clerks, paralegals, writing instructors, and legal secretaries. 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.

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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...

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For ten years, Terri LeClercq's "Legal Writing" column in the Texas Bar Journal has helped polish the prose of lawyers and law students, judges and clerks, paralegals, writing instructors, and legal secretaries. This book collects all the advice she has given in her columns into one authoritative guide for expert legal writing. LeClerc...

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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...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9 × 5 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292746881

ISBN - 13:9780292746886

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Chief Justice Thomas R. PhillipAcknowledgmentsPart I. Introduction: Getting and Keeping a Competitive EdgeIntroduction1. Writing like a Lawyer2. Writing's a Touchy Subject3. Focus on Density4. Attorneys and Writer's Block5. Min(d)ing the Field: Appellate Judges Speak OutPart II. Manipulating Legal Sentences: First Aid6. The Long Sentence7. Left-Handed Sentences8. Marshmallow Constructions9. Cases and Citations Within the Text10. Coordination and Subordination: Defining Relationships11. Examining Other Professional Prose12. Emulating the Pro's Prose: Stylistic Consciousness13. Deliberate Sentence Structure14. Beware of Ambiguous ModifiersPart III. Manipulating Legal Organization: Structure Is Meaning15. Organization and the Deductive Thrust16. Organizational Advice for Successful Drafting17. Quick Tricks for OrganizationPart IV Manipulating Words: Bigger Isn't Better18. Jargon: Manure, Margarine, and Moderation19. Boilerplate: Empty Formalisms20. Gender-Neutral Language21. That's Not What I MeantPart V. Punctuating for Clarity: The Poetry of Punctuation22. Allowing Commas to Create Meaning23. Sentence Punctuation Guide24. "Quotation Marks?" She Queried--or, The Arbitrary Rules Surrounding Quotation Marks25. That Sophisticated Semicolon26. Compound Adjectives and Noun StringsPart VI. Advice and References: So Go Be an Expert27. Testing Your Basics28. Grammar Rules Versus Suggestions29. Advice to Partners About Advice30. Reference Books for Legal Writers Index

From Our Editors

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.

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Drop what you’re doing and get a copy of Terri LeClercq’s book. Read it, absorb it, and use it daily. Your writing and your thinking will improve. Ms. LeClercq will rid you of the dense, hidebound jargon you were taught in law school, and introduce you to the wonderful world of clarity and brevity. - Mark Weiss, Senior Administrative Law Judge