Kimble Writing Seminars


Professor Kimble has published dozens of articles on legal writing and legal drafting. He is the author of the acclaimed book Lifting the Fog of Legalese: Essays on Plain Language, which will also be used at the seminar. His latest book is Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law.

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Reviews of Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please

Rewrite Blog (New Zealand) (July 25, 2015)

Review in the Lansing State Journal (Apr. 6, 2013)

Review in the Michigan Bar Journal (pdf)

Review from Blog of Write Limited (New Zealand) (Nov. 26, 2012)

Review in The Colorado Lawyer (pdf)

Review in CBA (Chicago Bar Association) Record (pdf)

Review from American Association of Law Libraries

Coverage by National Media: Washington Business Journal

Blog of the Center for Plain Language (May 30, 2012)

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From Reviews of Lifting the Fog

"Joseph Kimble is an important, original thinker on legal language. He is also a virtuoso writer and editor. In this book he brings all those qualities to bear—and no lawyer can safely ignore the wisdom it contains."  Bryan A. Garner, author of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

"This book belongs in the library of every lawyer who takes language seriously."  Richard C. Wydick, author of Plain English for Lawyers

"Here is Heaven’s plenty: Joe Kimble’s outstanding work gathered into one volume. Add this volume to your shelf of indispensable books." William Lutz, author of The New Doublespeak: Why No One Knows What Anyone’s Saying Anymore

"The collection [of Kimble’s essays] will satisfy his many fans and introduce those new to plain language to a master of the skill.... This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, and its lessons are invaluable." Law Institute Journal

"[T]he book is timely and important." Justice Michael Kirby (High Court of Australia), Australian Law Journal

"Lifting the Fog of Legalese is a treasure for lawyers who want to write more clearly." New Hampshire Bar News

"Kimble’s passion for his subject shines through.... There is a great deal of practical, sensible advice in the book."  The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

"This is a superb, well-written book.... I loved it!"  Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

"[Kimble’s] incisive essays are enough to make any writer swear off legalese forever."  Student Lawyer

"A collection of enjoyable and valuable essays." Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing

"Lifting the Fog of Legalese is an entertaining and stimulating read."  Law Library Journal

"[A] highly engaging book.... In example after example, Kimble demonstrates how cleaning up syntax and formatting can drastically improve a document.... Kimble’s book is an excellent resource for anyone who cares to join the effort to improve legal writing."  New York Law Journal

"I highly recommend Lifting the Fog of Legalese to all attorneys.... We have an obligation to be clear and accessible in our writing, and Joe Kimble shows us the way."  The Colorado Lawyer

"In his distinctive style, Professor Kimble lays waste the proponents of legalese, offering many before-and-after examples."  Clarity, An international association promoting plain legal language

"This is a dynamic collection.... More than mere essays about plain language, [they] provide sound guidelines and vivid demonstrations of how to master the art of clear, precise, and readable prose.... Kimble is a master of the craft. As a result,Lifting the Fog is highly readable, briskly paced, and enjoyable. This book is a fine piece of advocacy in support of plain English. It is also a useful reference book, jam-packed with inspiration, solutions to common writing problems, tips, and examples."  Trial