Editing and Empathy

Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 97, No. 5 (2018): 42-3

2 Pages Posted: 9 May 2018

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Patrick Barry

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: May 2018


One of the main complaints about legal writing is that it is not designed with readers in mind. This short essay borrows an idea from the interior designer Ilse Crawford to offer some ways to address that problem. (The essay started as a lesson created for students in the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.)

Keywords: legal writing, editing, persuasion, empathy, appellate advocacy, judges, design

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Barry, Patrick James, Editing and Empathy (May 2018). Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 97, No. 5 (2018): 42-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3175882

Patrick James Barry (Contact Author)

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
734.763.2276 (Phone)

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