Third Time Still Charms: A Review of the Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well by Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman
5 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2016
Date Written: June 2016
This book changed my life. Well, my professional life. When I read the first edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well in 1994, a stark reality struck me and stuck: as lawyers, we are professional writers, but we don’t act like it. That truth has informed my teaching and writing ever since.
The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well, first published in 1989 with a second edition in 2002, is now in its third edition. The authors, Tom Goldstein (a professor of journalism) and Jethro K. Lieberman (an emeritus law professor and former legal writing director), issue the same challenge they did in the first two editions: lawyers can write better, and here’s how. The Lawyer’s Guide is a motivational legal writing style guide — not a reference; you can’t look up rules for commas and capitals — but a guide.
Keywords: legal writing
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