Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Jennifer Murphy Romig’s article “The Legal Writer’s Checklist Manifesto” was recently posted on SSRN and will be published in Vol. 8 of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD. It offers several points of advice to law students that can be adapted to legal writing and other tasks that our students will encounter.
She bases her article on Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Metropolitan Books 2009) and demonstrates that Gawande's ideas are also applicable in the legal services industry. She discusses the benefits of creating checklists specifially for legal writing that should help students (and practicing lawyers) become better at organizing their legal writing projects. She also discusses how a checklist model can help in the many group-based projects that are part of practicing law.
It seems like a worthwhile exercise for our students.