Sunday, July 5, 2009

Scholarship alert: "A Preliminary Exploration of the Elements of Expert Performance in Legal Writing"

This is a working paper available on SSRN, here, by Shelley M. Kierstead and Erika Abner, both Canadian academics.  From the abstract:

This paper describes results of focus group research conducted with senior advocacy lawyers in relation to the lawyers' characterization of expert legal writing. The results suggest an important interplay between product and process, and are consistent with general theoretical models of expertise that characterize the writing process as exploratory, recursive, reflective and responsive. The results may also be linked with existing studies of school to work transitions. The authors also describe how the research results tie into a longer term research project aimed at developing a description of increasingly sophisticated writing competencies that can be expected of lawyers as they progress through their careers.

Hat tip to Professor Linda Berger.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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