Eschew, Evade, and/or Eradicate Legalese

Subject: Eschew, Evade, and/or Eradicate Legalese
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:34:22 -0600

As a follower of the Volokh Conspiracy <>, a blog that focuses on Constitutional law, I visited Professor Eugene Volokh's webpage at UCLA <> where he's the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law. Taking a look at his extensive list of articles, I stumbled across this gem...

Eschew, Evade, and/or Eradicate Legalese <>

Given that we technical writers inherit lots of documents from engineers and programmers, this list of alternatives for legalese applies just as much to those sorts of documents as it does to legal documents. Of course, if our subject matter experts/document originators applied this list (not likely), we might encounter further erosion of the demand for our services <grin>. Of course, there'd still be plenty of work for us converting passive voice to active voice, structuring documents rationally, and all those other things we do that add value.

Best Regards,

Mike Starr, Writer
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