Legal writing isn't what it should be #8
The time pressure of law practice doesn't allow enough revising and editing to produce a quality product.
This is Bryan Garner's idea:
The modern practice of law does not tolerate the type of revisory process necessary to produce a polished product--the "well-managed" law firm has more work to do than it can complete in a given span of time.Bryan A. Garner, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage 518 (2d ed. 1995).
Deadlines. Billable hours. Heavy workloads. All these prevent lawyers from taking the appropriate time to polish their writing. Even if I have 4 weeks to write a brief, that's not enough because I have 3 other briefs, 4 memos, and 8 letters to write at the same time.
Revision. Editing. Rewriting. These are what make mediocre writing good and good writing great. But lawyers don't have enough time for them.