"[Wiriting is an act of identity . . . ."
We have seen that law professors systematically focus their students' attention on layers of textual and legal authority when deciphering the conflict stories at the heart of legal cases. But what happens to the people in these stories? What aspects of their identities and lives remain important when refracted through this legal lens? We can ask as well: What aspects of the law students' and professors' lives and experiences are considered to be salient during the conversation?
Why is writing hard to do? For lots of reasons, most people would say. But if pressed, the majority would acknowledge that among those reasons, writing in general is hard to do because your self is on the line when you write. Writing is an act of self-expression and, in turn, self revelation. Writing involves the self. At the mention of this idea, people almost always nod their heads in agreement.
Rideout, J. Christopher and Ramsfield, Jill J.
"Legal Writing: The View From Within,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 61:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.mercer.edu/jour_mlr/vol61/iss3/2