Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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You can be an acceptable, even good legal writer without this book, but I find it to be a handy, quick tool to guide me where advice from higher sources is unclear or even contradictory. It is relatively up-to-date. AP's got to solve novel style disputes many times a year. And, if you think about it, AP style almost never looks weird because we live in a sea of it. The good American newspapers you read use it, traditional news organization pay attention to it, and they have a bias for clarity and consistency. Clarity and consistency are things that nearly every piece of legal writing needs more of.