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- Kenneth A. Adams, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting
The best authority for contract drafting.
- Ruggero J. Aldisert, Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument
A must-have handbook for any serious advocate.
- Mark Davidson, Right, Wrong, and Risky: A Dictionary of Today’s American English Usage
An up-to-date and engaging guide to common usage disputes.
- Robert Hartwell Fiske, The Dictionary of Concise Writing: More Than 10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases
Thousands of editing suggestions.
- Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
A practical and clever source of memory tricks for those troublesome grammar rules.
- Charles Fox, Working with Contracts: What Law School Doesn’t Teach You
An excellent, practical guide for corporate attorneys at all levels. This book is something to read cover to cover; Adams’s is an all-purpose reference.
- Bryan Garner, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage
The most useful authority for legal-writing wording questions.
- Tom Goldstein and Jethro Lieberman, The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well
A helpful general guide co-written by a lawyer and a journalism professor. Excellent examples and editing exercises.
- Ross Guberman, Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates (forthcoming January 2011)
Fifty concrete tips from fifty of the most prominent advocates.
- Bruce Ross-Larson, Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words
Accessible lists of easy edits that yield immediate benefits.
- James B. Stewart, Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction
The best guide to writing about facts.
- Joseph Williams, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace
Presents ten lessons on clarity, concision, cohesion, and coherence. The chapter on elegance is essential reading for any sophisticated writer, legal or otherwise.
- Richard Wydick, Plain English for Lawyers
Helpful exercises and practical tips from one of the leading advocates for accessible legal writing.
- William Zinsser, On Writing Well
A writing classic.
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