Thursday, February 28, 2008

Supreme Court Justices Speak Out
on the Importance of Legal Writing

Bryan Garner is editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary since its seventh edition, and he is a prolific author. His works include The Elements of Legal Style, The Winning Brief, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, Legal Writing in Plain English, Securities Disclosure in Plain English, and many other books and articles. In 2003, The Chicago Manual of Style incorporated his restatement of English grammar into its 15th edition.

In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Garner interviewed eight of the nine United States Supreme Court Justices about legal writing and advocacy. The complete audio interviews are online here. They make for very interesting listening, and they reaffirm the importance of strong research and writing skills.

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