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"Death," a Yale law student, wonders:

What's the point of learning how to write well when every partner who reviews your memo is just going to re-legalize it? All the nominalizations you removed will be re-inserted. The active voice will be trampled and beat back into its passive state. You will no longer use anything, certain objects will be utilized. The court will not find any statute to violate the Constitution, the statute will be held to be unconstitutional by the Court. Goodbye verbs, hello gerunds. As in: gerundizing verbs seems to be the favorite activity of partners.

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