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标题(title):Plain English for Lawyers
律师英语
作者(author):Richard C. Wydick; Amy E. Sloan
出版社(publisher):Carolina Academic Press LLC
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Plain English for Lawyers has been a favorite of law students, legal writing teachers, lawyers, and judges for almost 40 years. The sixth edition, now co-authored by Amy Sloan, updates this classic text, including new chapter exercises, while preserving all the approaches that make it such a standard in the field. It remains (in size only!) a little book, small enough and palatable enough not to intimidate over-loaded law students.

In January 2005, the Legal Writing Institute gave Wydick its Golden Pen Award for having written Plain English for Lawyers. The Legal Writing Institute is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research. The Institute has over 1,300 members representing all of the ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. Its membership also includes law teachers from other nations, English teachers, and practicing lawyers.

The LWI award states: “Plain English for Lawyers … has become a classic. Perhaps no single work has done more to improve the writing of lawyers and law students and to promote the modern trend toward a clear, plain style of legal writing.”

“[P]robably the most popular legal text today…” — The New York Times, on an earlier edition

“[A] survival kit for the profession. It should be on every lawyer's desk.” — New Jersey Lawyer, on an earlier edition

“Plain English for Lawyers is a classic that deserves a place on every lawyer's shelf. It is everything that a writing book should be — clear, concise, spirited, practical, accessible, and sound.” — The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, on the fourth edition

“Wydick's Plain English for Lawyers is the most practical book of its kind, following in the fine tradition of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style.” — The National Law Journal, on an earlier edition

“A classic updated for today’s students. Concise, clear, and comprehensive. It doesn't get any better than that.”—Linda H. Edwards, Boyd School of Law, UNLV

“Hurray for the sixth edition of Plain English for Lawyers! Professor Sloan has masterfully retained Professor Wydick’s rich tradition of providing easy-to-understand advice and helpful exercises to improve legal writing clarity. This new edition updates the timeless advice and exercises for which Plain English for Lawyers is so well known, and it also provides innovative ideas on design techniques that are particularly useful for electronic and digital communications. Lawyers and law students alike will enhance their written communication skills by reviewing the advice and practicing the techniques contained in this book.”—Christine Nero Coughlin, Wake Forest University School of Law
Table of contents :
Cover Page......Page 2
Title Page......Page 3
Copyright......Page 4
Dedication......Page 5
Contents......Page 6
Preface and Acknowledgments, Sixth Edition......Page 9
Preface and Acknowledgments, Fifth Edition......Page 12
CHAPTER ONE: Why Plain English?......Page 14
How to Spot Bad Construction: Working Words and Glue Words......Page 19
Avoid Compound Constructions......Page 23
Avoid Word-Wasting Expressions......Page 25
Avoid It is Sentences......Page 28
Avoid Redundant Legal Phrases......Page 31
CHAPTER THREE: Use Verbs to Express Action......Page 36
The Difference Between Active and Passive Voice......Page 40
Problems with the Passive Voice: Wordiness and Ambiguity......Page 41
When to Use the Passive Voice......Page 42
CHAPTER FIVE: Use Short Sentences......Page 44
Avoid Wide Gaps Between the Subject, the Verb, and the Object......Page 51
Put Conditions and Exceptions Where They Are Clear and Easy to Read......Page 53
When Necessary, Make a List......Page 54
Put Modifying Words Close to What They Modify......Page 56
Avoid Nested Modifiers......Page 59
Clarify the Reach of Modifiers......Page 60
CHAPTER SEVEN: Choose Your Words Carefully......Page 63
Use Concrete Words......Page 64
Use Familiar Words......Page 67
Use Gender-Neutral Words......Page 68
Use Strong Nouns and Verbs to Persuade......Page 71
Avoid Empty Lawyerisms......Page 74
Avoid Multiple Negatives......Page 76
Avoid Distracting Words and Syntax......Page 77
CHAPTER EIGHT: Use Commas Carefully......Page 82
Definitions of Terms......Page 83
Comma Usage......Page 85
Use a Comma to Connect Two Independent Clauses With a Conjunction......Page 86
Use a Comma After an Introductory Element......Page 87
Use Commas to Set Off Nonessential Elements from the Rest of the Sentence......Page 88
Use Commas to Separate Items in a Series......Page 93
Use Commas to Set Off Dates, Titles, Geographic Names, and Short Quotations......Page 96
CHAPTER NINE: Use Other Punctuation Marks Carefully......Page 99
Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points......Page 100
Semicolons......Page 101
Colons......Page 105
Parentheses......Page 107
Dashes......Page 109
Hyphens......Page 111
Apostrophes......Page 114
CHAPTER TEN: Use Easy-to-Read Design Techniques......Page 119
Choose a Legible Font......Page 121
Use the Right Amount of Space to Separate Words and Lines......Page 122
Use Generous Page Margins......Page 123
Use Visual Cues to Orient the Reader Within the Text......Page 124
Use Lists and Tables......Page 125
Special Considerations for Email......Page 127
APPENDIX: Reader's Exercise Key......Page 130
Chapter 1......Page 149
Chapter 2......Page 151
Chapter 5......Page 153
Chapter 7......Page 154
Chapter 8......Page 155
Chapter 9......Page 156
Chapter 10......Page 157
Index......Page 159

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