The Good Lawyer

“What does it mean to be a good lawyer?” Thus begins The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law by Douglas O. Linder & Nancy Levit (Oxford 2014). The introduction assures readers there will not be chapters such as “The Good Lawyer Uses Proper Citation Format." (Why not? asks the legal writing professor.) Instead, … Continue reading The Good Lawyer

Listening from ignorance to mastery

The Farnam Street blog has this, this morning on becoming a lifelong learner: When assessing our competence in any particular discipline, we can place our level of ability somewhere along a continuum moving from ignorance, to conversational competence, to operational competence, then towards proficiency, and finally all the way to mastery. The quote is from … Continue reading Listening from ignorance to mastery

What is listening? Q&A with Jennie Grau

One of the best things about writing this blog has been the opportunity to talk with and meet (in person, by phone, or by e-mail) a variety of communication experts. One of them is Jennie Grau, President of Grau Interpersonal Communications. Jennie has spent her career training, coaching, writing, and speaking, on the subject of … Continue reading What is listening? Q&A with Jennie Grau

Listening for international law students: Q&A with Prof. Gabrielle Goodwin

 Professor Gabrielle Goodwin teaches graduate legal studies at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in linguistics, and she taught English as a foreign language before attending law school. In her work at Maurer, she teaches three courses in the graduate legal studies department: legal writing, introduction … Continue reading Listening for international law students: Q&A with Prof. Gabrielle Goodwin