In our one-to-one coaching sessions, we meet individually with clients to review a project from their actual practice for style, structure and substance. Through detailed analysis of a single work, clients learn concrete techniques for rigorous self-editing.
We are passionate about one-to-one coaching and have worked
individually with over one thousand lawyers of all levels and abilities. Marie Buckley handles litigation-type editing and Ilissa Povich handles transactional editing. Our goal is to teach the skills for
self-editing through rigorous analysis of a single paper. Our coaching sessions are a highly effective tool for
nurturing legal talent and our clients universally find these sessions to be both perceptive and motivational.
Before a session , each lawyer submits a project for review. We edit each project as lawyers—not as the grammar police. We focus on the substance and structure of the legal argument, although we also edit for plain English and usage. First, we do a line-by-line edit for plain English and clarity. Second, we do a substantive review for logic and structure. Finally, we review for balance, tone, persuasiveness and integrity.
After completing our line-by-line edit, we summarize our comments and suggest concrete techniques for improving not only each paper but also each writer’s style. We provide both the line-by-line edit and more general Take-Away comments.
Our meetings focus on the substantive issues
each paper presents, rather than abstract writing techniques. We
question. We listen. We offer positive feedback, as well as
constructive criticism. We work with each lawyer to find the structure
and arguments that make each paper work and to build on existing
skills. Meetings are constructive—and friendly. Absolutely no lawyers are harmed during our meetings!