Issue statements: one reason old styles survive
A commenter writes:
I recently taught a second-semester legal writing class. My students had taken first semester from seven different (full-time, tenure-track) young profs. All seven had required rigid adherence to "whether" statements. The students were aghast and sure I was wrong when I told them never to do it in my class.As a person who cares deeply about legal writing--and admitting that I am prone to overreact about minute matters--I must say that this is sad. Very sad.
These young professors are surely some of the brightest young legal minds entering legal academia, and yet they are hidebound by archaic traditions.