Every legal problem involves people. You cannot practice law without writing about people. But writing about people in a way that is clear and won’t cause a negative reaction by the reader takes some effort. The language of the law is moving toward gender- and bias-free word choices, but not as [quickly] as other disciplines. Yet, a few simple and easy changes can help move your writing toward being more precise, fair and clear, and help you avoid any negative reaction from the reader. [excerpt]
Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Fairness, Clarity, Precision, and Reaction: Gender-free and Bias-free Word Choice, 59(8) Advocate 52 (2015).