Introduction

by William C. Burton, Founder & Chairman

Today, legal writing is undergoing dramatic changes. Obscure and turgid writing is being replaced with clear, plain and concise wording. The progress is certainly the results of the fine efforts of legal writing professors in law schools throughout the country. The change is also occurring because of the work of many leaders in the field who have joined in fomenting the revolution. We hope that through these collective efforts we will continue to extinguish old writing habits which have no place in contemporary law.

Our efforts involve some of the finest professors from the most renowned law schools in the country. We also are fortunate that other distinguished members of the legal profession are also involved including judges, partners, associates and even law school students. We hope to continue to be a central and pivotal voice against convoluted and stilted writing.

The success our program enjoys is largely due to the alliance forged with the Law Library of Congress. Our progress is also due to dedicated involvement of the members of our Board of Directors and Academic Board. Because our Board is so dynamic, we have now expanded to offer awards for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education, and have even joined forces with the Association of Legal Administrators to offer national awards for the "Best Law Firm Publications."

The program honors 30 partners and counsel from the nation's 1,000 largest law firms. At the same time, we continue to select the top 15 law school student writers from all the law schools in the nation.

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