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Legal-writing blogs

One of the many blessings of the Internet is the proliferation of legal-writing blogs. To quote Bryan Garner, the law is a literary profession, and I believe that writing is something I have to work on every day. Think about it; we churn out more copy than most journalists do. I’ll note a couple of blogs that I like. Ray Ward. Ward, an appellate lawyer in New Orleans, gives thoughtful, practical advice culled from actual cases and publications. Wayne Schiess. Schiess teaches legal writing at the University of Texas Law School of Law and has also written several books on this subject. I read his Writing for the Legal Audience this summer and thought it was excellent. Bryan A. Garner has become the gold standard for legal writing, and his site offers readers a free “Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day” by email. Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl produces short and enjoyable podcasts on specific issues such as the difference between “which” and “that.” If I am eating at my desk, I tune her in.
Posted on November 2, 2009 by James R. Covington
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