Sturm College of Law
Legal writing, Active voice
Studies have shown that traditional legal writing has four main characteristics: it is "wordy," "unclear," "pompous," and "dull." Furthermore, law books have been dubbed "the largest body of poorly written literature ever created by the human race." Although some lawyers intend to perpetuate this tradition, most have recognized the benefit of converting to "plain English."
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K.K. DuVivier, Plain English Part I: Secrets for the SEC, 27 Colo. Law. 35 (Jan. 1998).