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Trial lawyers and clear writing

Clear writing is an essential requirement for trial lawyers. My wife Lita gave me a book by Lynne Truss Eats, Shoots and Leaves which deals with the proper use of pronunciation marks and has cartoon’s to illustrate the lessons. I think the lessons are important about clear writing and the proper use of pronunciation marks. Here’s an example:

A panda walks into the library. He eats a sandwich, then draws his bow and shoots two arrows. "Why did you do that?" asks the librarian as the panda walks toward the exit. The panda shows her a badly punctuated book. "I am a panda. That’s what it says we do" he says. The librarian looks at the page. It reads: "Panda: large black and white bear like animal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."