April 13, 2010

Abraham Lincoln as a Legal Writer

Judith D. Fischer, University of Louisville School of Law, has published Abraham Lincoln as a Legal Writer. Here is the abstract.
This article draws on a recent collection of Abraham Lincoln’s legal papers as well as on secondary sources to show how Lincoln developed his genius as a writer. The article then discusses characteristics that made his writing so eloquent. It concludes that today’s lawyers might profitably emulate Lincoln’s close study of great literature as well as his clear, succinct writing style.

Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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