Coming Soon: Legislative Drafter’s Desk Reference

Best Practices in Drafting Federal and State Laws and Regulations

Third Edition

By Sandra L. Strokoff, Lawerence E. Filson
legislative Drafter's Desk Reference

Book Summary

The Legislative Drafter’s Desk Reference, third edition, is a practical guide to drafting federal, state, and local laws. Designed for professional drafters as well as other legal professionals and students, it provides a trove of information and solid drafting principles in easy-to-understand language.

 In this all-purpose manual and desk-side reference, the authors introduce legislative drafting, provide step-by-step details for crafting legislation, and explain how the process fits into the broader legislative picture. This edition updates the previous edition, in particular to reflect changes in and sources of statutory law and in case law that influences legislative drafting.

 The Legislative Drafter’s Desk Reference provides helpful compare/contrast exercises derived from poorly drafted bills, and style and language usage guidance to ensure clear communication. The book covers such wide-ranging topics as:

  • the mechanics of good writing,

  • steps in drafting,

  • writing amendatory provisions,

  • federal drafting styles and parliamentary considerations,

  • principles of statutory construction,

  • drafting nonfederal law, and

  • considerations in drafting regulations.

About the Author

Sandra L. Strokoff drafted legislation in the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 40 years. In 2009 she was appointed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi as the Legislative Counsel of the House of Representatives and served in that position until her retirement in 2016. Lawrence E. Filson drafted legislation in the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 40 years and served as deputy legislative counsel for the Office.

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