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64 Michigan Bar Journal 714 (1985)


In 1965 Reed Dickerson, Professor of Low at the University of Indiana Law School, wrote the classic Fundamentals of Legal Drafting, published by Little Brown and Co., Boston, a book that has become the most referred to of all books on legal drafting. Little Brown and Co. will soon be publishing Professor Dickerson's Second Edition of Fundamentals of Legal Drafting. With the permission of the author and the publishers, the Michigan Bar Journal and the Plain English Committee are pleased to present excerpts from a chapter in the Second Edition regarding plain English statutes and readability. "Part I - History, the Problem and the Case for a Statute" was presented last month. "Part 2 - Readability Formulas and Specifications for a Plain English Statute" is presented this month.