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Meet Scribes - A Society That Promotes Legal-Writing Excellence

Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 89, p. 40, March 2011

2 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2010 Last revised: 16 Dec 2012

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

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Abstract

This Plain Language column is about an organization with the unusual name-cum-tagline of Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers. Since its inception more than 50 years ago, Scribes has advanced the twin goals of encouraging legal authors and improving legal writing. Bar journals and legal newsletters are continually in need of timely and informative articles. And the need for clear and compelling legal writing of all kinds - including articles and books, court briefs, and legal documents - is widely recognized.

The article describes how Scribes works to advance its goals by sponsoring awards that recognize legal writing excellence, conducting programs for legal writers, and sponsoring publications. Among its publications are the book Classic Essays on Legal Advocacy (Lawbook Exchange, 2010) and the highly regarded Scribes Journal of Legal Writing. Despite these efforts, the need remains for more legal authors and better legal writing.

Keywords: Scribes, legal writing, legal authors, plain language

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Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, Meet Scribes - A Society That Promotes Legal-Writing Excellence. Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 89, p. 40, March 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1727663

Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )

1352 Hickory Island Drive
Haslett, MI 48840
United States
517-339-2246 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.cooley.edu/faculty/norman-stockmeyer

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