The 6 Phrases That Should Be Banned From Legal Writing

Law360, New York (October 7, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT) -- Next time you’re about to turn in a brief full of technical jargon and age-old stock phrases, remember that judges hate stuffy writing just as much as ordinary readers do.

Take it from U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes, who has served on the Southern District of Texas bench since 1985. He told Law360 that lawyers are often “insecure in their law and their English,” so they adopt bad habits from others instead of taking control of their writing.

“Most legal writing reads like it was generated by a robot,” Judge Hughes said. “It’s very mechanical, and sentences are long and...

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