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Sturm College of Law


Legal writing, Plain language


Lifting the Fog collects the best of Kimble's regular columns from the Michigan Bar Journal on the subject of how lawyers should simplify their drafting language and eliminate unnecessary and costly "legalese." Not only do Kimble's columns get to see the light of day again, but as a compilation, they make an even more powerfiul and compelling case in favor of more plain language in legal writing. I highly recommend Lifting the Fog to all attorneysespecially those who find themselves using words like "wherefore" and "hereunto" in their drafting. Kimble persuasively argues that this sort of obfuscation (and worse) just isn't necessary; then he shows us how to let go of the crutch these words provide so we can walk on the path of clear and concise legal writing.

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