Welcome to Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers. Scribes was founded in 1953 to encourage legal writers to promote excellence in legal writing.

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“Write to Be Heard” Webinar Series Now Available
Scribes and the American Inns of Court have worked together as education partners to develop a series of courses on effective legal writing. The series consists of four one to two-hour courses featuring presenters who will unpack the key ingredients of effective legal writing and offer perspectives on how practitioners and judges can bring greater clarity and vigor to their written work. Presenters will discuss strategies for enhancing readability and expression, as well as offer practical tips to help today’s legal writers capture and hold the readers’ attention. Find more information here.
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Inaugural Scribes Fellows Program
This March, Scribes plans to launch a Canvas site to provide outstanding content about legal writing to its members, law-review editors, and other interested individuals. To accelerate content development and showcase talent from various parts of the legal profession, the Scribes Board has created the Scribes Fellows Program to attract attorneys, judges, academics, and librarians willing to produce original, engaging content related to legal writing. For the inaugural year, which will run from June 2023 through May 2024, Scribes will select up to five Fellows. Fellows must be an individual member of Scribes or work for an institutional member. For more information on compensation and the application process, please see this document.
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