The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft awry

Posted: 27 December 2014
Updated: 16 December 2017

Article outline: precise writing

  1. Need for precision
    1. Reduce ambiguity
    2. Show distinction between different ideas
    3. Show similarities between different ideas
    4. Efficient communication
  2. Hohfeld’s system is right
    1. Explain semiotics (and look for ways it might help us be better writers)
    2. Explain atomism
    3. Explain system
    4. Answer criticism of his system
  3. Examples from all major areas of law
  4. Who has a “duty” to write with more precision?
    1. Professors
      1. Train law clerks
      2. Clearinghouse of legal knowledge
      3. Train lawyers
    2. Legal journals
      1. Gatekeeper of articles
      2. Staff are the future law clerks
      3. Influence the professors
    3. Judges
      1. Implement legal relationships
  5. How to teach the skills to students
  6. How to edit