Clarity is the largest international plain language organization. It gathers professionals who are committed to promoting plain legal language and legal design:
Our members are people who believe in a world free of legalese. They understand and promote the benefits of plain legal language and legal design.
Knowledge, as they say, is power.
And we want to give that power back to citizens.
They include judges, lawyers, government officials, scholars and teachers, as well as corporate and NGO representatives.
Many are plain language practitioners – writers, editors, researchers, consultants and trainers – with a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience in plain legal language.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
John Walton, a British solicitor, launched Clarity in 1983. He was fed up with archaic and over-complicated legal writing and decided to do something about it. He wrote a letter to the UK Law Society Gazette inviting solicitors and barristers to join him in making legal language plain and accessible. Twenty-eight people responded, and Clarity was born.
None other than Lord Denning, one of the most celebrated common law judges of the 20th century, endorsed the project. Denning, famous for his colourful and lucid decisions, said the goals of Clarity were “after my own heart”.
Today, Clarity is the largest organization of its kind, with more than 650 members in 50 countries.
Journal : Our biannual journal, The Clarity Journal, is the leading source of plain language news and legal design research from around the globe.
Conference : Every two years we host an international conference. It’s an unmissable opportunity to connect with other Clarity members, exchange ideas, and learn about new practices in the field.
Julie Clement, JD
President, Clarity International
Editor in Chief, The Clarity Journal (2005-2018)
Distinguished Professor Emerita, WMU Cooley Law School