- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Carolina Academic Press (December 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594602123
- ISBN-13: 978-1594602122
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lifting the Fog of Legalese: Essays on Plain Language
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". . . a superb, well-written book in understandable language (plain English) that some lawyers and bureaucrats will wish was never written." -- Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
"A collection of enjoyable and valuable essays . . . " -- Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing
"Add this volume to your shelf of indispensable books. Kimble's suggestions are clear, concise, and specific" -- William Lutz, Professor of English, Rutgers University and author of The New Doublespeak: Why No One Knows What Anyones Saying Anymore
"Lifting the Fog of Legalese is a treasure for lawyers who want to write more clearly." -- Bar News Issue, New Hampshire Bar Association
"This book belongs in the library of every lawyer who takes language seriously." -- Richard C. Wydick, University of California at Davis School of Law and author of Plain English for Lawyers
"[Kimble's] incisive essays are enough to make any writer swear off legalese forever." -- --Student Lawyer
"[The] book is timely and important...." -- Justice Michael Kirby (High Court of Australia), Australian Law Journal
Lifting the Fog is a useful reference, particularly for junior attorneys tempted to 'sound like a lawyer.' -- Chicago Bar Association Record
Kimble is a master of the craft. As a result, Lifting the Fog is highly readable, briskly paced, and enjoyable. -- --Trial
About the Author
Joseph Kimble is a professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a practicing lawyer who gets bogged down in legalese everyday, I hope this book is widely read and that its suggestions are actively implemented. I've already recommended the book to a number of my colleagues, all of whom have liked it as much as I did.
I particularly enjoyed the sections of the book in which Kimble takes high-profile, real-world legalese examples (the impeachment order of President Clinton; a section of the USA Patriot Act) and translates them from legalese into plain language.
Every lawyer and law student will benefit from reading this book.
It is a 'must read' for any attorney. I am really glad we purchased it for my law office and recommend it to colleagues whenever I have the opportunity. Kimble hits the nail on the head with this book: legalese is out and plain language is in.