Abraham Lincoln as a Legal Writer
Judith D. Fischer
University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
March 12, 2010
Nevada Law Review, Vol. 11, p. 82, 2010
This article draws on a recent collection of Abraham Lincoln’s legal papers as well as on secondary sources to show how Lincoln developed his genius as a writer. The article then discusses characteristics that made his writing so eloquent. It concludes that today’s lawyers might profitably emulate Lincoln’s close study of great literature as well as his clear, succinct writing style.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, legal writer, succinct, poetry, rhetorical devices, logic, precision
JEL Classification: K10Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 15, 2010 ; Last revised: May 1, 2011
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