Here are two legal-writing posts that caught my eye today:
"Inside Straight: Writing For The Trash Or Writing To Be Read," by Mark Herrmann--
A very few lawyers write briefs that stand up and sing on the reader’s desk: The introductory paragraph draws the reader in; the statement of facts tells an interesting story; the argument engagingly (but compellingly) explains an issue, perhaps with a (very light) sense of humor.
"Simple Legal Writing a Newfangled Idea? Hardly," by Matthew Salzwede--
[F]or proof that a simple, direct writing style isn’t a newfangled idea, we need only consult some well-known 19th- and early-20th-Century writers and Supreme Court justices.