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Write is a clearinghouse of free plain language resources targeted toward the justice community.

Monday, December 31, 2012

With the support of a Technology Initiatives Grant (TIG) from the Legal Services Corporation, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.?  and Transcend Translations? created<>to make plain language examples, tools, and instruction available to the justice community for free.

Features of include:

Plain Language Library<>:
A collection of model plain language documents that courts and legal services providers can copy and revise.  Many samples are available in Spanish and other languages.  These include examples such as a plain language retainer and a flier that informs court users of their right to an interpreter.

WriteClearly Gadget<>:
A clever LawNY?-created Google Gadget? that analyzes text for readability.
Feel free to test your text online or embed this gadget in your website or intranet!

The Essential Plain Language
a 96-page book with sample readable documents, before and after versions of documents, and readability tips.  Download it for free at

Plain Language Online
Self guided online course instruction that will teach you how to write in plain language.  Created using CALI Author?. Examples of student work are also available at

Computer assisted translation report (coming soon!) this report will describe the potential use of computer assisted translation to produce translations in other languages and, potentially, plain English.

Please take a look at some of the resources available on the site and consider how your state?s justice community may be able to utilize them. If you have any questions regarding any of the resources available on, please email

Limited resources remain available through February, 2013 to directly mentor your content creators in a plain language project.  Contact Jeff Hogue at for more information.*

Jeff Hogue
Supervising Attorney
Legal Assistance of Western New York
(315) 781-1465 x1007

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