Tuesday, May 3, 2011
A recent article by legal writing expert Bryan Garner advises law students to find good writing mentors. That’s what Garner himself did as a new lawyer, although partly by luck. His mentor was an appellate lawyer who emphasized strong writing and careful word choice. Garner quotes part of the lawyer’s brief on a difficult appeal—which he won, of course. Garner reports still being influenced by his now-deceased mentor's advice. He urges law students not to trust luck to provide a mentor: instead, “Go find one.” See Bryan A. Garner, Finding Good Writing Mentors, 39 Student Lawyer 20 (Jan. 2011).