Judges Alex Kozinski and Richard Kopf Talk Legal Writing on Lawyer2Lawyer

Kozinski

Kozinski

In a recent interview with legal writing expert Bryan Garner, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said that law schools need to “think in a deep way” about how to help law students become better writers, even as she acknowledged that “writing is one of the hardest things to teach.”

So how can law students and young lawyers become better writers? And what should law schools and law firms be doing to help them?

This week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we put those questions to two distinguished members of the federal judiciary,  Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of the District of Nebraska, formerly author of the blog Hercules and the Umpire.

Kopf

Kopf

Together, they discuss the essential elements that go into persuasive legal writing and share their ideas on how lawyers can become better writers.

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  • Perhaps we’re a bit biased, but there are lots of great opportunities to write for local law associations, many of whom have specialized sections for students and young/new lawyers. Saving this interview to see what other advice is shared!