Sturm College of Law
Legal writing, Metaphors
Figures of speech, such as the metaphor of the season of spring that President Clinton used in his Inaugural Address, are commonplace in rehtoric. Similarly, such figures have their place in legal writing. Through judicious use of a metaphor, you can provide your readers with a pleasant interlude to the more mundane aspects of. your argument and transform an abstract concept into a powerful visual image.
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K.K. DuVivier, Misguided Metaphors, 22 Colo. Law. 507 (Mar. 1993).