Thursday, March 13, 2008

Finding a persuasive ghostwriter

This blog helps attorneys select persuasive ghostwriters. Professional persuaders themselves, many attorneys assume they ably appraise written effectiveness. The authoritative critiques of common brief-writing practices should give pause, as when lawyers flout recommendations favoring concision by filing lengthy, even padded briefs, which legal-writing experts claim judges are indisposed to read, understand, or believe. Many attorneys apply superfluous legal jargon; whereas, the experts cite scientific studies showing plain English enjoys greater judicial regard. The attorneys who draft wordy, jargon-laden briefs try to persuade. If the experts reject some of their long-cherished practices, the lawyers plainly fail to distinguish persuasive from unpersuasive if the experts are right.

A contestable condition the experts' correctness, unlike law, where authoritativeness constructs rightness. Most attorneys have heard the authorities' advice and either reject it as erroneous or disregard it as insignificant. Although the occasional scientific study is performed, expert opinion is mostly folklore, no less than practitioners’ habitual practices and typical beliefs. Here enters this blog, premised on criticizing traditional practices, without blind counter-reliance. Disputed Issues contests traditionalist belief without receiving modernity's truth; it explores why lawyers ignore good writing advice, whether perceptual illusion or cognitive confusion beguiles. Analyzing error improves judgment.

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