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16 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 69 (2015)
The Lawyer's Struggle to Write

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    The Lawyer's Struggle to Write

              Matthew R. Salzwedel

    Writing is hard work.... If you find that writing is hard, it's because
    it is hard. - William Zinsserl

    A college senior who's completing her honors project on the
topic of legal writing recently asked me to explain why so many
lawyers struggle to write well.
    At first, I was flattered. Then I thought that her project was
too ambitious and that others could give her better advice. After
all, legal-writing experts such as Bryan Garner, Joseph Kimble,
and Ross Guberman have dedicated careers to diagnosing the
causes of poor legal writing.
   But I agreed to give my take on the subject for three reasons.
First, as Irving Younger said, Lawyers should acknowledge a
professional obligation to wage war against bad writing.2 Sec-
ond, when people care about writing well (or, for that matter,
care about doing anything well), they deserve to be encouraged.
Third, it's about time I fess up about how my struggle to write
well informs my views on why many lawyers don't.

Who Needs This Nonsense?
   I grew up hating English class. My parents, though well
educated, didn't come from English or writing backgrounds, so
I cared little about whether I could properly split infinitives or
end sentences with prepositions or begin sentences with coor-
dinating conjunctions. These topics just didn't come up during
dinner chatter, and they certainly weren't the subject of intense

' William Zinsser, On Writing Well 12 (6th ed. 1998).
2 Irving Younger, Symptoms of Bad Writing, A.B.A. J., May 1986, at 113, 113.

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