Words Lawyers Use

Legalwriting.net has a post on the 10 legal words or phrase we could do without. I’ve been guilty of using the “instant case” although I now promise to stop. The word I hate more than all of these is the word “same” as in, “I will write a memorandum on the issue and the discuss same with Mr. Smith.” I just find it incredibly annoying. The foolishness of using these kinds of words is underscored in a recent book on advocacy from Justice Scalia He says that words and phrases used almost only by lawyers in place of plain-English are ill-advised.

I agree. Let’s all agree to stop it.

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