Professor Bridges and I would love to see you there.
I’m happy about this change, and as I enter what will be my 25th year of teaching LRW at Texas Law, I’ll be able focus more on teaching and writing.
I’m pleased to announce that Professor Louis Sirico of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is the 2016 winner of the Burton Award for outstanding contributions to legal-writing education.
Professor Sirico is a long-time and staunch supporter of legal-writing education and of legal-writing teachers and is admired for his work in the field.
He is also, by the way, a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. Well done, Lou!
Wordiness would cover most of the concision techniques discussed in this series, such as omit needless details, deflate compound prepositions, and remove redundancy, but now let’s focus on commonly used phrases you can almost always shorten:
To achieve concision, edit for wordiness—and then reduce big words while you’re at it:
There is no rule against splitting infinitives, and writing authorities have said so for decades. But the myth and the practice persist. The authors of the next three sentences believe you cannot place an adverb between to and the verb in an infinitive. But would you write these sentences?
Electronic filing makes it easier for courts to locate instantly and focus on relevant portions of documents.
The resulting hyperlinked brief allows the judge reviewing it on a desktop computer or a mobile device to access quickly identified portions of the record.
Modern computer screens fail to recreate adequately certain tactile experiences.
Don’t write this way. I wouldn’t. And I probably would have spelled it re-create.