The Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Professionalism released the most recent publication in its Professionalism Dos and Don'ts series last week. The newest guide is Professionalism Dos and Don'ts: Legal Writing, which focuses on providing best practices in written communication for legal professionals. The publications do not provide mandatory rules, but offer guidelines to enhance the professionalism of individuals working in the legal field. Court News Ohio highlights some of the Dos and Don'ts tips for legal writing, including:
Provide a consistent and coherent argument.
Present an honest and accurate position.
Provide appropriate signposts.
Make a reader’s job more difficult.
Make inappropriate comments.
Mischaracterize a lawyer’s position.
The full text of Professionalism Dos and Don'ts: Legal Writing can be found here.