My name is Marie Buckley and I am a lawyer and a writing coach. I train lawyers to speak human and I have coached over 1,000 lawyers in one-to-one sessions. I also speak frequently at law firms about writing and advocacy and serve as an adviser on major briefs. The American Bar Association recently published my book, The Lawyer’s Essential Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques and it spent many months on the ABA’s best-seller list.
As you might have guessed, I have strong convictions about what makes for powerful writing. In today’s fast, loud world, we lawyers risk losing our voice —and our influence—if we don’t learn to communicate clearly. In this blog, I’ll share the techniques that make for strong writing and I’ll address the deep, dark fears about writing that keep us all awake at night. For a quick sense of my approach to writing, take a look at my Three Essential Rules for Writing.
If you subscribe, you’ll receive occasional tips to help improve all your written communications, from the lowly email to the mighty appellate brief. (I also tweet links to new posts, so you can follow me on twitter to see what’s new.) And I promise to focus on real-world writing—not on the stilted and archaic conventions of legal writing. I’ll also explore topics such as how to develop productive work habits, how to edit junior colleagues without destroying them in the process, and The Eight Steps for Proofreading. I’ll even throw in an occasional word-processing tip for extra credit. (Here’s one: How to Remove Hidden Metadata.) While I can’t post my entire book, I’ll try to be helpful—and humble.
So fear not. Sleep well. Find your own voice.
Double P. S. This blog is not legal advice. No. No. No.