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The Legal Writing Habit Judges Say They Can't Stand

Law360 (April 30, 2019, 12:25 PM EDT) -- The legal industry has a writing problem and judges and justices are speaking out, detailing exactly what it is that bothers them most about the documents they encounter on the bench.

In recent interviews with Law360, judges and justices revealed their biggest pet peeves when it comes to legal writing. One common refrain came up again and again: The writing they see is too often overly complicated, filled with jargon, and makes use of unnecessarily long or antiquated words.

Writing clearly is always the goal and that’s extremely hard. It takes a lot of work and is ultimately more art than...

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