Sloan chosen to revise ‘Plain English for Lawyers,’ a classic text

Amy Sloan

Professor Amy Sloan

Carolina Academic Press has announced that Professor Amy Sloan will revise Richard C. Wydick’s Plain English for Lawyers.

The classic work, now in its fifth edition, has sold more than a million copies and has been described by The New York Times as “the most popular legal text today,” said associate publisher Scott Sipe in a news release from Carolina Academic Press.

The sixth edition is to be published in 2018, he said.

“Sometimes compared with Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, Plain English for Lawyers has been beloved by generations of law students, professors, and practitioners for its pithy and penetrating advice for the legal writer,” the release said.

Plain English began in 1978 as an article in the California Law Review, Sipe said, adding that Carolina Academic Press published the first edition of the 90-page book the following year and sold more than 300,000 copies within just a few years — a “blockbuster hit” for any legal text.

Sloan will work with Wydick’s estate as well as with Carolina Academic Press, Sipe said.

“Finding the right author — a person experienced enough and confident enough to become the steward of this legendary work — was critically important to us,” said Keith Sipe, Carolina Academic Press publisher. “Amy Sloan is that person.”

Said Sloan: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work on Plain English for Lawyers. It’s a tremendous honor to contribute to this legendary book.”

Learn more about Professor Sloan, who this summer stepped down as associate dean for academic affairs.

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