Legal Advocacy Workshops
Training Lawyers to Speak Human
About Me
I'm known as a rigorous editor and a warm, approachable mentor. Here is my official backgound: 

Marie Buckley

Marie Buckley Since launching Legal Advocacy Workshops, Marie has worked individually with over one thousand lawyers, across all departments and at all levels, and has received consistently outstanding evaluations. Marie focuses on litigation-type editing, such as briefs, memoranda and letters. She is the primary speaker in our group workshops and is the author of The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques (ABA, 2011).

Marie Buckley graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, and from Boston University School of Law.  At B. U. Law, she won the school-wide Homer Albers Invitational Moot Court Competition, including the G. Joseph Tauro Award for Outstanding OralAdvocacy (Best Speaker) and Best Brief.  Following law school, Marie spent nine years as a litigator at a major Boston law firm and handled a wide variety of cases, including multi-million dollar contract disputes, failed acquisitions, pension break-aways, anti-trust defenses, toxic torts, white-collar crime, SEC investigations and insurance fraud. She was also appointed Special Counsel to the Board of Bar Examiners. She has tried cases, both as first and second chair, and argued in many courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Marie has written the briefs for several published opinions, including Cool Light v. GTE, 24 F.3d 349 (1994), Caterino v. Barry, 8 F.3d 878 (1993), Cool Light v. GTE, 973 F.2d 31 (1992) and Caterino v. Barry, 922 F. 2d 37 (1990).

Marie writes a highly regarded and often irreverent blog called A Lawyer's Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques (ABA 2011).  It's not nearly as boring as it sounds and if you subscribe, you'll receive weekly (or not-so-weekly) tips to improve all your writing.