Plain English for Lawyers has been a favorite of law students, legal writing teachers, lawyers, and judges for almost 40 years. The seventh edition, co-authored by Amy Sloan, updates this classic text, including new chapters and exercises, while preserving all the approaches that make it such a standard in the field. In addition to guiding students through techniques for producing clear writing, it now introduces them to principles of document design and appropriate uses of generative AI for writing. Plain English for Lawyers remains (in size only!) a little book, small enough and palatable enough not to intimidate over-loaded law students.
In January 2005, the Legal Writing Institute gave Wydick its Golden Pen Award for having written Plain English for Lawyers. The Legal Writing Institute is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research. The Institute has over 1,300 members representing all of the ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. Its membership also includes law teachers from other nations, English teachers, and practicing lawyers.