There are so many reasons why legal writing is tedious and ineffective. For example, lawyers who write tedious, run-on sentences.
Why does this happen? And why does it happen more with older lawyers?
Think about how the West Digests are constructed.
You know, the headnotes maintained by West that are filled with blurbs about legal principles.
Anyway, I’m at the Fifth Circuit Law Library (availing myself of their West books and the free wifi), and I was reminded of something about the digests that’s really strange.
The digests have a convention about how they’re written that encourages lawyers to write long-winded sentences.
That’s probably one factor, although I’m sure there are many others (including an unhealthy obsession with “accuracy”).