My name is Marie Buckley and I am a lawyer and a writing coach. I have coached over 1,000 lawyers and I speak frequently at major firms about writing and advocacy. I also serve as an adviser and editor on major briefs. In 2011, the American Bar Association published my book, The Lawyer’s Essential Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques and it has been one of the ABA’s top titles since it was released.
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. This blog is my effort to share the techniques that make for strong writing and to address the deep, dark fears about writing that keep us all awake at night. (I confess. It’s also my shameless effort to promote my book.) For a quick sense of my approach to writing, here are my Three Essential Rules for Writing.
I’ll try to make this blog much less boring than it sounds. If you subscribe, you’ll receive weekly (or not-so-weekly) 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’ll 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. And I’ll 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.
P. S. If you are interested in my programs, click on this link to My Programs and My Website. If you are interested in my book, click on this link to My Book to order it from the ABA, Amazon or iTunes. Hey—why not click on both?
P. S. Again. This blog is not legal advice. No. No. No.