Some clients are heroes—or plausibly can be portrayed as heroes in legal briefs. The lawyers remain in the background, telling the story without inserting themselves into it. Another type of legal writing I study and teach is legal blogging. What I’ve noticed in reading lots and lots of legal blogs is that some lawyers portray themselves … Continue reading Lawyers as heroes
Thanks to Julie Schrager, counsel and legal writing coach at Schiff Hardin, for this guest post. I have been desperately trying to find a way to write about exclamation points. I grew up in a time when they were reserved for exclamations: “Congratulations on winning that game!” or “That’s the reason he got that promotion!” Lynne … Continue reading Listening to punctuation
Listen Like a Lawyer will be delving into communication and writing in the next few posts. One reason this blog is generally dedicated to listening is that there are already many excellent legal-writing blogs available for the legal community. (For example: Forma Legalis, Lady Legal Writer, Law Prose, Legible, and Ziff Blog, just to cite … Continue reading Future trial lawyers, take heart
For law students starting a new semester, here is a roundup of past Listen Like a Lawyer posts that may be helpful: Listening at your externship Listening to children (if you work in a children's clinic) Preparing for a negotiations class A technique for taking notes Organizing guest-speaker appearances for a law-school organization There is … Continue reading New semester, better listening skills
I wasn’t able to attend the AALS (Association of American Law Schools) meeting this year—an annual gathering of thousands of law professors. As a sort of substitute, I’ve been saving an article to read from the Journal of Legal Education, the AALS’s journal on legal education, the legal profession, legal theory, and legal scholarship. The … Continue reading Silence and group work in legal education
A law professor’s New York Times op-ed, “Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom,” prompted lots of discussion on blogs and Twitter. Should law students be told and required to close their screens and (to the extent this is even possible) pay attention in class? Or should they have the freedom to decide … Continue reading Is attention personal or professional?