“And” is one of the most useful words in the English language. It connects just about anything. If water is the universal solvent, “and” is the universal connector.

But the virtue of “and” is also its vice. The connective power of “and” is seductive to legal writers because they have so many facts and arguments to shape, sort and join, and it is insidious because writers often stop looking for relationships between thoughts when they have made a connection with “and.”

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