Criticism of legal writing has come with increasing frequency and stridency in recent years from lawyers and nonlawyers alike. Judges have criticized the writing of advocates, and lawyers have complained about the writing of judges and other lawyers. Law professors have bemoaned both their students' inability to write the King's English5 *1062 and their own tendency to write ‘unintelligible gibberish.’ And all law school graduates have been pilloried by a general public that has grown increasingly resentful of the unnecessary complexity of ‘legalese.
Jay Wishingrad & Douglas E. Abrams, George D. Gopen's Writing from A Legal Perspective, 1981 Duke L.J. 1061, (1981) (book review).