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04 February 2014


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Well, on the bright side, when I'm reading a brief with a lot of obvious boilerplate (like, say, a page and a half on the standards for summary judgment), it makes my job a lot easier because that's a passage that I know I can skip.


I saw the original post, and I wasn't offended. Strong language can be useful in conveying strong feelings. The language was certainly informal - nothing anyone would want to use in briefwriting - but I don't think a blog has to live by the rules of formal writing. And you weren't likely to be responsible for corrupting anyone - I'd assume that most of your readers are lawyers, so we were all corrupted long ago.

That said, I can understand your decision to dial back the language. Your modified post makes the same points and it does so without running the risk of offending anyone (which seems to be very easy to do nowadays).

Either way, thanks for the advice.

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