Readability Matters in Legal Writing, Romig Writes in Georgia Bar Journal
Whether writing for peers, judges or clients, lawyers should strive for clarity and readability, says Emory Law’s Jennifer Murphy Romig, in a column published in the August edition of the Georgia Bar Journal.
Romig was guest columnist for the Journal’s “Writing Matters” feature. She is an instructor with the Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy Program.
Romig recommends using readability statistics built into most writing software programs including Microsoft Word. The automated review ranks work based on reading ease, grade-level required for comprehension and use of the passive voice. Using these tools can increase comprehension, persuasiveness and even the likeability of one’s writing, she says.