I spend a lot of time in my classroom teaching my students about audience traits and expectations. We learn about how legal readers read and use documents and how we can better prepare our writing to meet the purpose and expectation. This is the norm in the legal academy.
Practically, however, that means many attorneys leave law school with great training for writing to judges and attorneys, but not necessarily great training on writing to clients or non-lawyers.
So this month we will focus on a few tips to help you better craft your writing to meet the non-lawyer’s expectations[--organization, word choice, omitted or minimized citations, and tone, tone, tone.] [excerpt]
Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Know Your Audience: Writing to Non-Lawyers, 58(10) Advocate 44 (2015).