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Bryan A. Garner

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Bryan A. Garner (@bryanagarner) is president of Dallas-based LawProse Inc., which since 1991 has offered legal-writing seminars to lawyers and judges throughout the world. He is editor in chief of all editions of Black’s Law Dictionary published since 1995, and he is the author of two dozen other books. He teaches at the law schools of Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas.

Recent Articles

How to effectively use legal dictionaries
Dec 1, 2021, 01:00 am CST

Bryan Garner touts the Michigan Bar Journal’s celebration of plain English
Oct 1, 2021, 01:50 am CDT

How to budget your day while moving through your motions
Aug 1, 2021, 12:40 am CDT

How to craft your legal writing on the clock
Jun 1, 2021, 01:00 am CDT

Your recipe for effective legal writing
Apr 1, 2021, 01:00 am CDT

If you can give good directions, you can probably write a good brief
Feb 1, 2021, 12:50 am CST

Polish your writing skills with Bryan Garner’s 2020 advice
Dec 23, 2020, 10:14 am CST

There’s a formula for effectively explaining caselaw
Dec 1, 2020, 12:50 am CST

Do you use ‘good English’? Test your grammatical skills with this 20-question quiz
Oct 1, 2020, 01:10 am CDT

How to make the most of your time during the pandemic
Aug 1, 2020, 12:35 am CDT

‘Good English’ always has been a path to the legal profession
Jun 1, 2020, 12:40 am CDT

If you’re a lawyer who’s not writing and editing like a pro, get to work
Apr 1, 2020, 01:10 am CDT

Legal writers can learn a lot from these unparalleled unpublished opinions
Feb 1, 2020, 12:45 am CST

The gentle art of impeaching adversaries
Sep 1, 2019, 01:00 am CDT

Is jargon a ‘perversion of language’? Jeremy Bentham on legislation and legal style
Jul 1, 2019, 01:45 am CDT

Language to Live By: 19th-century author’s posthumous advice on use of words and meaning
Jun 1, 2019, 01:05 am CDT

You Have a Point There: Test your punctuation skills with a little quiz
May 1, 2019, 02:00 am CDT

Old-fashioned textualism is all about interpretation, not legislating from the bench
Apr 1, 2019, 01:15 am CDT

Test your knowledge of these not-so-everyday words
Mar 1, 2019, 01:15 am CST

Plain talk: A conversation on simplicity with Rudolf Flesch
Jan 1, 2019, 02:15 am CST