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Lifting the Fog of Legalese : Essays on Plain Language - Joseph Kimble

Lifting the Fog of Legalese

Essays on Plain Language

Hardcover Published: 31st December 2005
ISBN: 9781594602122
Number Of Pages: 199

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This book is unique. No other American book combines the strong evidence and myth-busting arguments for plain legal language with so much practical advice and so many useful examples. And no other book is more likely to open lawyers' eyes to the emptiness of legalese-the style that has afflicted legal writing for centuries. Joseph Kimble, a leading expert on plain language, has collected in this one book many of his published essays. They will interest and inform judges, lawyers, law students, legal scholars, and anyone else who engages in legal writing. If writing is the lawyer's most valuable skill, then no lawyer can afford to be without Lifting the Fog of Legalese. It will change the attitude of those who resist plain language and inspire those who have embraced it. "Joseph Kimble is an important, original thinker on legal language. He is also a virtuoso writer and editor. In this book he brings all those qualities to bear-and no lawyer can safely ignore the wisdom it contains."-Bryan A. Garner President, LawProse, Inc. and author of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage "Here is Heaven's plenty: Joe Kimble's outstanding work gathered into one volume. Add this volume to your shelf of indispensable books. Kimble's suggestions are clear, concise, and specific, with plenty of real-world examples to illustrate his points, as well as demonstrate that plain language and legal writing should not be strangers but inseparable companions. Get this book, and then get a copy for every lawyer, judge, legislator, and law professor you know." -William Lutz, Professor of English, Rutgers University and author of The New Doublespeak: Why No One Knows What Anyone's Saying Anymore "Joseph Kimble's collection of essays is divided into two parts. Part One will convince you - if you need convincing - that we lawyers should shape up the way we write. Part Two will show you how to do it, using concise guidelines, patient explanations, and a host of examples. This book belongs in the library of every lawyer who takes language seriously."-Richard C. Wydick, University of California at Davis School of Law and author of Plain English for Lawyers "This is a superb, well-written book in an understandable language (plain English) that some lawyers and bureaucrats will wish was never written. It explodes the myths put forward by people who either are lazy or intend to confound, and it points out many ways to use precise and clear prose to tell it 'as it is.' I loved it!"-Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

ISBN: 9781594602122
ISBN-10: 1594602123
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 199
Published: 31st December 2005
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.42

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