Uselessly Accurate

Scribes Journal of Legal Writing Vol. 18 (2019): 27-35

9 Pages Posted: 11 May 2018 Last revised: 17 Apr 2019

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Patrick Barry

University of Michigan Law School

Abstract

"There is an accuracy that defeats itself by the overemphasis in details," Justice Benjamin Cardozo wrote in his 1925 collection Law and Literature and Other Essays and Addresses. The problem hasn't gone away, as any reader of legal briefs, contracts, and memos can attest. This essay offers a few ways to help.

Keywords: editing, legal writing, advocacy, persuasion

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Barry, Patrick James, Uselessly Accurate. Scribes Journal of Legal Writing Vol. 18 (2019): 27-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3176172

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)

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.umich.edu/FacultyBio/Pages/FacultyBio.aspx?FacID=barrypj

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