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Volume 1

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Cover page

Table of Contents

From the Editor ................................................................................................................................................. v

 

Articles and Essays

Literary Allusion in Legal Writing The Haynsworth-Wright Letters

               by Charles Alan Wright .................................................................................................................. 1

Should Lawyers Punctuate?

               by Richard C. Wydick ...................................................................................................................... 7

 

Why Judges Have Nothing to Tell Lawyers About Writing

               by Steven Stark ................................................................................................................................ 25

 

Extremist Drafting of Federal Statutes

               by John A. Bell .................................................................................................................................. 31

 

Not So Fast on the Crits:  A Grudging Tribute (or Concession) to Crit Style

               by John D. Ayer ................................................................................................................................ 45

 

A Few of Wisdom's Idiosyncrasies and a Few of Ignorance's:  A Judicial Style Sheet

               by Thomas Gibbs Gee .................................................................................................................... 55

 

A Style Sheet for Litigation

                by James W. McElhaney .............................................................................................................. 63

 

Why the First-Year Legal-Writing Course Cannot Do Much About Bad Legal Writing

               by  Douglas Laycock ...................................................................................................................... 83

 

 

Student Essays

Reaction and Distraction:  The Pronoun Problem in Legal Persuasion

               by Beverly Ray Burlingame ...................................................................................................... 87

 

Unmasking Jargon as Substance:  How the Crits Have Made a Dialect out of Dialectic

               by Owen Peter Martikan ........................................................................................................... 111

 

Is Judicial Humor Judicious?

          by Susan K. Rushing ........................................................................................................................ 125

 

Notes and Queries

Clear Clarity

          by Thomas A. Woxland .................................................................................................................. 143

 

Choosing Between Shall and Must in Legal

          Drafting

               by Reed Dickerson ..................................................................................................................... 144

 

"Numerous Misspelled Words Corrected"

          by Thomas A. Woxland ................................................................................................................. 147

 

A [Sic]ness unto Death

          by James A. R. Nafziger ................................................................................................................. 149

 

In-House Editors:  Letting the Experts Do It

          by Mark Mathewson ...................................................................................................................... 152

 

An American Style

          by Stephen F. Fink .......................................................................................................................... 156

 

Book Reviews

Lessons for the Unschooled

          by Robert A. Chaim ........................................................................................................................ 159

 

The Practicing Writer

          by Christopher Simoni ................................................................................................................. 167

 

Something for Everyone

          by Robert Barr Smith .................................................................................................................... 175

 

The Maroonbook v. The Bluebook:  A Comparative Review

               by Douglas Laycock .................................................................................................................. 181

 

An Uninformed System of Citation: The Maroonbook Blues

               by Bryan A. Garner .................................................................................................................. 191

Book Notices .............................................................................................................................................. 197

 

Notes on Contributors ........................................................................................................................... 201

 

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