Editor’s Note Welcome to the twenty-first volume of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. “Oh, the places you’ll go!”1 This is the title to a popular Dr. Seuss book that is usually given as a gift for graduations. But this title is also a good theme for volume 21,…Details
Introduction to Essays on Technology in Courtrooms and Judicial Chambers Welcome to our second online volume of the Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. It has been more than fifty years since Marshall McLuhan first proposed that “The medium is the message,”1 and scholars have been teasing out the multiple ways in…Details
Redefining the Workplace: Technology and the Modern Judicial Chambers The Honorable Robert N. Davis United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Introduction New and evolving technology has had and will continue to have a revolutionary impact on how the judiciary conducts business. Significantly, these technologies are drastically changing both the way we work…Details
Reading, Writing, and Listening in the Bankruptcy Courts The Honorable James E. Massey (Ret.) United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia Bankruptcy cases give rise to a broad spectrum of disputes that vary in legal and factual complexity. The uneven expertise of attorneys, the rise in the number of debtors without counsel and the…Details
The following article contains a number of images and pictures, and it is integral to the thesis of the article that the images and pictures are placed correctly. Consequently, we have provided the PDF-version of the article.
Lawyers at Work: A Study of the Reading, Writing, and Communication Practices of Legal Professionals
I. Introduction II. Background A. Examining Legal Pedagogy B. Origins of Our Study III. Methodology A. Ethnographic Research B. Junior Associates as Informants IV. Results A. What They Were Reading and How B. What They Were Writing and How C. The Interpersonal Situations They Faced V. Implications A. Reading Skills B. Writing Skills C. Workplace…Details