Aspen Publishing

Guide To Legal Writing Style, Fifth Edition

Terri LeClercq, Karin Mika


  • ISBN: 9780735599987

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    Page Count 160
    Published 02/11/2011
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    1. Reviewing the Basics
    2. Organizing with Style
    3. Creating Sentences with Style
    4. Choosing Words with Style
    5. Punctuating with Style
    6. Formatting for a Visual Society

    Appendix Answers to Exercises

  • Author Information

    Karen Mika

    Professor Mika has been associated with the Cleveland-Marshall Legal Writing
    Program since 1988. She has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of
    English at Cuyahoga Community College and is a research consultant for
    various firms and businesses in the Cleveland area. Professor Mika travels presents nationally on topics related to integrating technology and multimedia into classroom teaching, and has judged at numerous moot court competitions. She has lectured on essay writing technique for several bar review courses,and has written bar exam essay questions for both the California and Minnesota bar examiners. Prof. Mika's areas of scholarly research are varied and she has published in the areas of Native American Law, Employment Law, Learning Theories, and Health Care.

    Terri LeClercq

    Experienced legal writing scholar and language expert Terri LeClercq knows that bad grammar and clumsy writing cost attorneys both money and embarrassment. To help her students and clients avoid those consequences, she emphasizes the path to success--plain, straightforward writing. She taught both writing and editing at the University of Texas School of Law for 23 years encouraging students to be grammatically correct, well organized, and free of ambiguities.
    Legal ambiguities bring many attorneys to her door. Dr. LeClercq works with both plaintiff and defense to unravel the complex language of statutes, contracts, cases, and regulations. First operating independently from the client, she analyzes the language and applies the appropriate rules of English syntax.
    Clients call on her to turn briefs into persuasive arguments and to reorganize informational documents with a clear design so that readers can easily find what they need. She edited, for instance, an international service agreement covering ships entering U. S. territorial waters; she was also editor of the Federal Judiciary Center's Model Notices for class-action lawsuits.
    In addition to leading seminars, teaching, and consulting, Dr. LeClercq has published over one hundred articles and two major texts that focus on plain language in legal writing. These articles and books offer practical advice for avoiding those common mistakes that writers make while tackling the complexities of the law.