Effective academic writing
Suggestions on style


Here are some passages from Rogers v. Weiser Detectives & Security Services, Inc., 378 So.2d 502 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1979), by the late Judge William Redmann. They’re fine examples of alliteration in judicial writing:

Our view that $22,500 exceeded the jury’s discretion is not, we concede, rationally defensible in any scientific sense. There is no rational basis for transmogrifying dolor into dollars....


The jury’s award was over four times what we would have awarded as reparation. We therefore deemed the award abusive in the light of our experience with other awards notwithstanding that there is not now, never has been, never will be, and never can be a rational yardstick for measuring misery with money.


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