Learned Writing is a wide-ranging course on excellent formal writing, with emphasis on plain English. The Write House will provide each participant with training materials including the course book, The Uncommon Law of Learned Writing.
As lawyers, we must not, in hot pursuit of common law, outrun common sense. The dread of that eventuality prompted this book. Learned Writing promotes common sense in legal language. Plain language, which is commonsensical, broadens access to legal documents, thus democratizing the law. If democracy is government of the people, by the people, and for the people, law is the language in which government interacts with the people-it is the language of democracy. The people whose government speaks through law must understand what is said. No democratic society should brook legalese, a dense, verbose dialect known only to lawyers. What then should society do to redress the lawyer-induced obscurity? A Shakespearean character had an alarming proposal: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Apparently, that proposal was not enthusiastically endorsed, which explains why we’re still here. A milder remedy-enrolling lawyers in language classes-has been muted, which explains why this book is in your hands. Learned Writing motivates lawyers to prefer plain language to the legalese and verbosity that have besmirched legal writing for centuries. This book is as sweeping a treatment of its subject as you can find anywhere.
Publisher : Partridge Publishing Singapore (May 22, 2019)
Language : English
Hardcover : 772 pages
ISBN-10 : 1543750028
ISBN-13 : 978-1543750027
Item Weight : 2.64 pounds
Dimensions : 6 x 1.81 x 9 inches
File Name: Learned-Writing.pdf
Chinua Asuzu is Africa's leading legal-writing scholar. He's the plain-language maven whose works include Brief-Writing Masterclass; Fair Hearing in Nigeria; Judicial Writing: A Benchmark for the Bench; and Learned Writing. Some of Chinua's works are available on amazon.com/author/chinuaasuzu.
Chinua is the dean of The Write House; the senior partner of Assizes Lawfirm; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; and a member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel. A jurisprudent, Chinua teaches legal writing at law firms and law schools, and at private and public forums. Chinua's expertise spans the gamut of legal writing: academic legal writing, brief-writing, business writing, contract drafting, judicial writing, legislative drafting, and litigation drafting. An upwrite and writeous autodidact, Chinua is all write.