Unfortunately this vacuum of style isn't going away. If anything, younger lawyers are as awful at writing as their predecessors. It seems that writing is being neglected in our schools and colleges.
In 2011 Time Magazine named The Elements of Style one of the 100 most important books of all time! As explained in Time:
Reading the “Little Book” is almost like sitting in an elementary English class, which seems to be how the authors intended it. Strunk and White waded through the totality of our vast and complicated language and boiled it down to a terse 105 pages, including a glossary and index.So powerful, so important, so essential is The Elements of Style, that it has its own Wikipedia article.
Of course there are critics everywhere, and Strunk and White do have their detractors. I am not one of them. The Elements of Style is only 105 pages. Think about that. . . The power to master the written word in such a tiny package! That is magnificent! If you don't own The Elements of Style you need to buy it today. Get the paperback copy. Read it. Press it open on your desk while you write. Refer to it constantly. Your writing will improve, and so will your lawyering. You can buy it for ten bucks. Go to Amazon, or your neighborhood bookstore, and get a copy.
Want a second option, consider Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges by Scalia (Yes, that Scalia) and Garner.
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