Like many of us I'm sure, I'm currently (and diligently!) working away at suggested edits by various law journal editors. In recent years, I've been very good about trying to avoid the passive voice in my drafts, but a couple of instances always sneak through. And I usually wonder (as I redraft) why are we all so obsessed with active versus passive voice? When I'm reading the work of others, I'm never particularly aware of whether they write in the active or passive voice or a combination of both. But when did the "no passive voice" rule initially hit the law reviews, and what is its basis? And do people think it affects your chances of a "good" placement if there's too much passive voice in the initial submitted draft?