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The Legal Writer: Jumbles of letters and numbers

Lawyers and judges long ago forfeited much readability by including cites in the body of the text, rather than in footnotes. Judge Mark Painter explains how cluttering up your document with jumbles of letters and numbers makes it unreadable, for both lawyers and laypeople alike.

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Fixing questionable writing

We often run across confusing writing. And it’s not only legal writing – there is plenty of mediocre writing out there. Recently I saw two sentences in a local “newspaper” that cried out for improvement. The county is taking soil ...

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