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Exercises from LEGAL WRITING IN PLAIN ENGLISH, Bryan A. Garner

§ 42. Create ample white space--and use it meaningfully.



Find a legal document in which ample white space appears. If you're part of a writing group or class, bring two or three photocopied pages for each colleague. Be prepared to discuss whether you think the writer used white space well or poorly, and why.


Find a legal document with insufficient white space. If you're part of a group or class, bring a copy of the two most cramped-looking pages for each colleague. Be prepared to speculate on why the pages look the way they do.


Redesign the pages that you found for the Intermediate exercise.

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