Cheryl Stephens contributes to the plain language movement through her volunteer work on the web, for conferences and events, and in the community.
Cheryl is known for these activities:
Cheryl Stephens is a leader in the field of plain language communications, and a dynamic and vibrant speaker.
After six years of practicing law in the 80s, Cheryl found her calling as an educator, trainer, and consultant in communication, social marketing, and plain language.
In 1987, Cheryl was working in a law firm, devoting more and more of her time updating the standard-form documents. She thought there had to be another way, and began researching. In 1990, she was Associate Director, Research and Liaison for the Plain Language Project at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Then in 1992, she began her consulting and training work.
For more than twenty years, she has been writing, speaking, and teaching about plain language and clear understandings, helping clients to become better communicators following her research-based advice. In the 90s she started her plain language publishing venture Plain Language Wizardry.
It's only been a few hundred years since the courts began working in English, rather than French or Latin. There wasn't much progress after that, though, in making contracts, notices, and insurance forms, readable. It's only in the past thirty years that pioneers like Cheryl Stephens have begun to bring readability to the documents that affect people's lives.