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Bad Legal Writing Cut Down To Size In Age Of Short Attention Spans

By Melissa Maleske | July 29, 2016, 6:20 PM EDT

Bad Legal Writing Cut Down To Size In Age Of Short Attention Spans

By Melissa Maleske

August 1, 2016 For as long as lawyers have existed, their writing has been a subject of scorn. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described lawyers’ writing as “excrementitious matter.” Founding father Thomas Jefferson said one could write like a lawyer “by making every other word a ‘said’ or ‘aforesaid,’ and by saying everything over two or three times, so that nobody but we of the craft can untwist the diction.” More recently,...
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