Bar Association - Excellent resources and
links on legal writing from the American Bar Association. See
also the Legal Writing section of the site.
- The predominantly UK-based group of lawyers discussing plain language
issues. They have a journal, Clarity, run seminars, have good links on
the site and give excellent examples of 'before' and 'after' versions
of legal jargon.
Mark - History of the mark, organisations which use it and
how to satisfy the requirements to be awarded it.
Style by William Strunk - Excellent guide to writing
documents, letters or anything at all really.
Writing Resources Online - Site with many articles on writing
and the impact of words.
Free Legal Writing - How to write in a gender free way.
Should Use Plain Language - Article in the 10/95 Florida Bar
Journal by Carol M. Bast.
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
English Campaign - Plain English Campaign is an independent
UK-based organisation which fights to promote the use of plain English
and to stamp out all forms of gobbledygook - legalese, small print and
bureaucratic language. The Campaign is funded by its professional
services. These include editing, writing, design and training in plain
English for many of the UK's largest companies, as well as government
departments and local authorities. The Plain English Campaign has a
page specifically devoted to Plain English
and the Law.
Language Commission - Clear English Standard Logo.
Association International - Very large site with many links,
papers and tutorials to read, consultants to hire, a list service to
join, and conferences to attend. The best part of the site is
section and in particular, users should visit the section on Plain
plain english movement - ERIC Digest - Short report on plain
english and related matters.