What’s Old and New in Legal Writing
Am I allowed to intentionally split an infinitive? Is irregardless a word now? And can I start a sentence with “and”? This two-part series will help you sort through the evolution of the English language in the twenty-first century and how it impacts your approach to legal writing.
Part One, “What’s New in Legal Writing,” covers topics including:
• Gender-neutral language
• “They” as a singular pronoun
• Modern takes on split infinitives, ending sentences with prepositions, and other grammar rules
• Using images in legal briefs
• Writing for screen readers
Ann Ching, Associate Clinical Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Alyssa Dragnich, Clinical Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
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Ann Ching is a Clinical Professor of Law at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Prior to this appointment, Professor Ching served as Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona (2016-2019) and Assistant Professor of Law at Pepperdine University (2013-2015). Professor Ching began her legal career in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (2001-2012), where she achieved the rank of Major and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for her service in Iraq.
Outside of teaching, Professor Ching serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Ethics Advisory Committee, the State Bar of Arizona Ethics Advisory Group, and as a judge pro tempore for the East Valley Regional Veterans Court. Professor Ching is also President of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association.
Professor Ching is a graduate of the University of Arizona (B.A.), the University of North Carolina (J.D.), the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army (LL.M.), and Pepperdine University (M.B.A.).